Bad Movie Logo
"A website to the detriment of good film"
Custom Search
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
October 07, 2015, 03:29:49 AM
555113 Posts in 42343 Topics by 5440 Members
Latest Member: BrigetteHa Forum  |  Movies  |  Good Movies  |  WORLD ON A WIRE (1973) « previous next »
Pages: [1]
Author Topic: WORLD ON A WIRE (1973)  (Read 529 times)
The Burgomaster
Aggravating People Worldwide Since 1964
Frightening Fanatic of Horrible Cinema

Karma: 600
Posts: 7938

« on: May 06, 2013, 02:11:52 PM »

This is a fairly interesting, but slow-moving, sci-fi drama that was made for German television by director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.  Definitely a bit long at over 3 hours.

The story involves a high-tech company that operates a virtual-reality computer called Simulacron.  When the project leader dies, his replacement, Fred Stiller, starts experiencing strange phenomena such as a colleague disappearing without a trace and no one remembering that he ever existed.  Stiller finds himself in the middle of a nightmarish situation where he cannot distinguish fantasy from reality and he doesn't know who he can trust.  

This movie reminds me of a cross between Kubrick (specifically, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE), Cronenberg (without the gore), 1984, and COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT.  Overall, it is a thought-provoking film.  Unfortunately, it is often tedious with long scenes of people sitting around on art-deco sets, smoking cigarettes and having dull conversations.  I think it's a good movie, but it could have been better if they kept the running time to around 2 hours.

I got my 2-disc DVD-R copy from the wonderful Super Strange Video.

Small | Large



"Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone."
Frightening Fanatic of Horrible Cinema

Karma: 734
Posts: 8380

« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2013, 04:54:26 PM »

I rented it a week ago, just couldn't get into it. I'm on a shortened attention span pretty much all the time these days.

Rev. Powell
Global Moderator
B-Movie Kraken

Karma: 1943
Posts: 15658

Click on that globe for 366 Weird Movies

« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2013, 05:21:06 PM »

I loved it, very thought-provoking and way ahead of its time. The reason its three hours long is that it's a TV miniseries, it wad originally broadcast on back to back nights. That's how I watched it, an hour and a half at a time. Three hours at a stretch might have been a bit much.

Barbara Valentin, yowsa!


"The basic plot is that Donna Speir and Hope Marie Carlton, the two undercover DEA agent Playboy Playmates from the last movie, are still running around in jungle shorts, cowboy boots and spaghetti strap T-shirts, firing their machine guns at drug smugglers, Filipino communist guerrillas, and corrupt federal agents while their two friends, Lisa London and Miss May 1984 Patty Duffek, lounge around the pool a lot and talk on speaker phones that look like fax machines."-Joe Bob on SAVAGE BEACH
Frightening Fanatic of Horrible Cinema

Karma: 734
Posts: 8380

« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2013, 05:54:55 PM »

Public Television gave us "The Lathe of Heaven" but also "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank" re sci fi

Pages: [1] Forum  |  Movies  |  Good Movies  |  WORLD ON A WIRE (1973) « previous next »
    Jump to:  

    RSS Feed Subscribe Subscribe by RSS
    Email Subscribe Subscribe by Email

    Popular Articles
    How To Find A Bad Movie

    The Champions of Justice

    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Manos, The Hands of Fate

    Podcast: Todd the Convenience Store Clerk

    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    Dragonball: The Magic Begins

    Cool As Ice

    The Educational Archives: Driver's Ed

    Godzilla vs. Monster Zero

    Do you have a zombie plan?

    ImageThe Giant Claw - Slime drop

    Earth is visited by a GIANT ANTIMATTER SPACE BUZZARD! Gawk at the amazingly bad bird puppet, or chuckle over the silly dialog. This is one of the greatest b-movies ever made.

    Lesson Learned:
    • Osmosis: os·mo·sis (oz-mo'sis, os-) n., 1. When a bird eats something.

    Subscribe to and get updates by email:

    HOME B-Movie Reviews Reader Reviews Forum Interviews TV Shows Advertising Information Sideshows Links Contact is owned and operated by Andrew Borntreger. All original content is © 1998 - 2014 by its respective author(s). Image, video, and audio files are used in accordance with the Fair Use Law, and are property of the film copyright holders. You may freely link to any page (.html or .php) on this website, but reproduction in any other form must be authorized by the copyright holder.