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« on: July 31, 2000, 02:15:32 PM »

This film is an odd fish to watch. Not that this is a bad thing. Some of the effects are cool and the Fashions by Mad Max are in the pre-gothic stage of expression. A movie that begs to be MST3K'ed.
Stefan Robak
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2000, 04:57:18 PM »

This film was actually and originally released in 3D.
Adam H
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2000, 11:06:22 PM »

I remember seeing this movie in the theater when I was real little.  I can remember it being in 3-D and being really freaked out on the verge of screaming at the scene where the android melts near the begining (hey I was real young).  Anyways, I haven't thought about this movie in awhile so i'm going to have to try to dig up a copy of it and rewatch this stinker.    
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2000, 05:50:56 AM »

Oh, Lord, what a horrid, horrid decade. Three-Dee is THE low point of cinematic development; video porn is, relatively speaking, a grand achievement. Not only were "Spacehunter" and "Metalstorm" created simply to showcase (and exploit) the process, but we also sat through (it 'we' were stupid idiots) "Comin' At Ya!," "Jaws 3-D," "Friday the 13th Part III," "Treasure of the Four Crowns," the re-releases of the (cough) 'classics' "House of Wax" and "Dial 'M' For Murder," plus others that I've forgotten by accident or design. The most horrible of all, though, was "Starchaser: The Legend of Orin." Filmation-Saturday-morning-quality animation? In 3D? Plot, characters, and whole swaths of dialog and other elements stolen from "Star Wars?" Oooh. Like a diamond drill, burrowing into my forehead...
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2000, 05:04:09 AM »

This is one of my favorite all time corny-as-hell goofball guilty pleasure movie of all time (and you'd be surprised by how many of those there are)!
I too saw this in the theatre when I was like 7 3/4 years old, because at that time you still use fractions to describe your age. I didn't know what 3-D was and actually swerved and ducked in my seat during the opening scene where fragments of the exploding Starliner cruiser zoomed towards the screen (isn't that cute?).
The dialogue ranges from the classic -
"Most people like to stick with something. But you, you're like fly s**t on a window. First breeze that comes by and you're gone."
To the ludicrous -
"Better not skizz my home or I'll have my father split your face. And I got brothers too!"
The film is a hoot from start to finish. A real treat to anyone who still enjoys those corny campy sci-fi movies from the early eighties. I'm not saying you won't want to throw stuff at the screen. But you've really gotta love this stuff to have a film like this so close to your heart.
FYI: this film was released not two weeks before another corny sci-fi 3-D film set in the desert - Metalstorm: the Destruction of Jared-Syn. Yor was released the same summer too I remember *shudder*.
Okay, now that I've shown that I know waaay too much about this film, I'll just say thank you so much for giving the first legitimately humorous and accurate review of this film I've seen online.
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2000, 05:11:59 PM »

This movie is goofy, but its a kick to watch.  
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

My theory on the Forbidden Zone, it is nothing more than a polite nickname for Molly Ringwald's then illegal underage

I learned many things from this film, and many more questions.

In the future, all hot dogs will be square shaped.

Why would anyone even want to go to a place called the forbidden zone? Is the temptation of forbidden fruit that bad?

Still Spacehunter is a far better Star Wars ripoff than the Hasslehoff disaster Starcrash.
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

Never got to enjoy (???) this movie.
Why? well it was originally released in 3-D and if you sit to the side of the theatre you lose much of the effect and secondly if you take your four year old who won't keep his glasses on you get distracted a lot. Well I tried anyway.
Roy Smith
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

I was 14 when I first saw this so don't panic when I say I thought Molly was sexy as Hell!  I can't believe there no images/movie of her bondage scene (where Overdog is draining her).  Too hot (geez, I'm 34 and I still tingle just thinking about it - going to lay down now).
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

Programmers at my local TV must just love this one. I may have watched 3 or 4 times. As goofy as Freddy Krueger giving his girlfriend a massage, but strangely effective. The scene with the Chemist's creations (those mutant kids with molotov cocktails) was scary, others plain silly (those humongous things... ugh!) but it is actually a really enjoyable film if you stop questioning every scene.

Why there are not more movies like this one? Oh, and I agree, Molly Ringwauld was reeeeeaaaaalllll sexy here.
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2002, 09:43:14 PM »

I remember watching this film when I was like 7.  Those fat maggot guys oozing out of the ceiling freaked the heck out of me.
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

I remember accidently seeing this on cable years ago. I had never heard of it before then. I could tell by the way the credits ran that it had been filmed in 3D. Molly Ringwald was a big star by the time I saw this little number, and Strass was already a well known talent. I remember wondering "What the hell are these people doing in this piece of s**t?" I was facinated with the SUV. My nephew was a kid at the time and between us we had enough LEGOs to build an alternate universe somewhere...we spent the next few months building bad assed intergalactic SUVs, complete with plasticine bounty hunters and tracker rats. It was firecracker heaven for awhile there. Then it passed and I had forgotten completely about this movie till I came across it here. I remember the overblown music every time the SUV went chugging over the terrian. I've always liked Ironside in these roles. He's what John Saxon always tries to be in these roles...mean and nasty and scary. Saxon only ever manages to look like a greasy wannabe. I'm going to have to find a copy of this, just to refresh my memory of it. I love a good bad film...the fact that I saw this but can't really remember it says a lot. It has to be a bore for me not to have it thoughly locked away in my cerebrial files. Bab is Bad, but boring is totally unacceptable.
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

The best part in this movie is when someone says to Molly Ringwald "Your just a baby, I bet your barely out of your diapers!" and Ringwald says "I'm not out of my diapers!"  Wrong choice of words there, Molly.
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

Overall this is an effective film.  I've never seen it in actual 3D, so I can't say how effective the 3d effect is, but at least this movie doesn't beat you over the head with "sticking things into the camera lense" shots so common in cheesy 3D films.

Peter Strauss definitely has that "what the hell am I doing in a movie like this" look throughout the film (a la Timothy Dalton), but he and the rest of the cast work well.  I give both the script and Molly Ringwald credit for having her character speak in a degenerate dialect that adds an air of authenticity to the proceedings without being forced.  This movie is competently made and it takes itself seriously, so there aren't many unintentional laughs here unless you find the whole 80's post-apocalyptic genre ridiculous.  A good "popcorn" movie.
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

This movie was fun! Some good shoouts and action scenes, mutants and amazons, space babes, dudes on hang gliders badass Road Warrior-like vehicles, more space babes and that obstacle course at the end? Goofy fun. The space effects in the beginning when the spaceliner blows up are actually very very good!

My favorite scene is when they stumble into a nest of what appear to be genetic crossbreeds of uncle fester and a moth pupae. I'm sorry but if I where these folks I definitely wouldn't be scared by a bunch of squealing fatass aliens trying to, I dunno, sit on me to death?
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