Forbidden World (aka Mutant) (Allan Holzman, 1982)

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A space cop dude arrives at a research lab on a distant planet where the scientists there have had an experiment go awry (surprise!). The mutated flesh thing runs amok and wrecks shit. Laser guns, boobies and high heels ensue.
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Ok so on entertainment value alone this is worth a watch, let alone the hot naked chicks and gore. It’s essentially an homage to (read: rip off of) Alien, but with hot chicks and high heels. Oh, and an irritating robot with a prominent on/off switch on its chest. One of Roger Corman’s cheapies, Forbidden World was originally released under the title of Mutant and has evidently gained a bit of a cult following. For good reason… the movie is a lot of fun. The space battle scenes are hilarious and the dialogue and sets are campy and cheap (despite boasting a pre-douchebag James Cameron design  credit), just like one would expect (hope for?) from a Corman production. The gore gags are actually quite well done although the monster does look like a monster puppet modeled after Alien but bought from a thrift store.  The original Holzman cut was initially rejected by Corman for including too much humor (I dare you to find it! – the humor, that is… the Blu-ray from SHOUT! Factory includes both cuts of the film but beware the Mutant (Holzman cut) looks like it was sourced directly from a VHS tape that’s been used to prop a door open in someone’s basement. Well yes of COURSE that’s the disc I watched.
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Conceptually the film is solid, being your standard “monster is loose in a confined space but nobody can find it” plot. Add in some gratuitous sex/nudity, some girl on girl, and long shots following the ladies from behind, focusing on their heels (decent height, open toed and transparent [OOH! Future-y!]) and asses (why couldn’t Alien have added some hot high heeled sluts?) and you have yourself a very entertaining hour and a half. This one if often compared to (and shown back to back with) Galaxy of Terror due to the recycling of the set, etc., I found both films entertaining in their own right.
Recommended for fans of campy low budget sci-fi knockoffs and hot chicks (whether you be a fan or a hot chick… your call).
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Duane co-founded The Church of Splatter-Day Saints in 2005. When not immersed in film he's enjoying good whiskey, smoking meat in the backyard or thinking about sluts. He makes a damn fine habanero fire sauce.

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