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Rated PG
Copyright 1983 Columbia Pictures
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Wolff - Intergalactic garbage collector and all around hero.
  • Nicki - Molly Ringwald! Spunky and amusing girl who hooks up with Wolff to obtain food and fame in exchange for leading him to the Forbidden Zone.
  • Washington - Ernie Hudson! Sector Chief of Terra, sort of a Sheriff in outer space. Runs around pointing his laser rifle at everyone.
  • Chalmers - Wolff's maintenance android, he should have bought that duck and cover upgrade for her software.
  • Jarette and Duster - Two natives of the planet out to get revenge on Overdog.
  • Reena, Nova, Meagan - Earth women who escape an exploding spaceliner only to land on a devastated world. What always happens to pretty females when society collapses? You got it, concubine city.
  • The Jenny Craig Reject Mutants - Freakish fat people pupae that attack Wolff and Nicki.
  • Chemist - Weird scientist and assistant to Overdog, it appears that his spleen is on the outside of his body. Incapacitated when Wolff gives said named organ a healthy squeeze.
  • Overdog - Michael Ironsides! Virologist sent to combat the plague on this colony world, instead he became a poorly insulated cyborg dictator. Now really, would you give someone a small personal army and a budding planet to take care of if their name was "Overdog?"

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The Plot: 

Spacegoing handyman rushes to a ruined world to rescue some captive Earthwomen. After landing he uses an impressive SUV to navigate the tricky terrain and happens upon a pubescent Molly Ringwald. Together they overcome latex covered extras, waterlogged Amazons, and a pro street version of Michael Ironsides.

Okay, that was the plot - bye!

You mean I have to come up with something approaching rational thought to explain this? What exactly do you take me for? Okay, other than that and leave my mom out of this.

From the get go you should realize this movie means business (monkey business), whether is is the great opening title effects that make "Adventures in the Forbidden Zone" almost unreadable or the weird sailing ship/locomotive. I did like Wolff's combat vehicle though, it looks like a roomy Expedition, but how many of those do you see equipped with rocket launchers? Almost missed mentioning his sidearm, despite having cool laser effects discharge from it the weapon still reminds me of a Crossman air pistol.

Our hero does take on the rescue mission to earn some much needed cash, in addition to failing equipment on his spacecraft the rent is two months behind. Why someone who spends months in space would have an apartment is beyond me and the screenwriters I imagine, but it is darn good at illustrating how much he needs the money. Isn't it?

Subsequent to his arrival on the planet all the encounters with requisite mutants and allies occur, with a few fights and two or three vehicles made from lots of rusting sheet metal. I tell you, one of the first things war knocks out is the bottom of the undercoating business. You should not be surprised by anything during the film, but neither is it so terribly done to immediately scream cliche' more than a few times.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Credits sound a lot like tie fighters when they are coming at you.
  • Anything can be fixed by kicking it, even an airlock.
  • "Crossing the T" works against trains too.
  • Chiropractors are more dangerous than judo masters. (I'm alluding to the "crack their neck and render them unconscious" thing.)
  • Laser rifles don't float.
  • Amazons are amphibious.
  • A game where some unlucky bastard is chased through a maze (full of blades, fire, and acid) by a lawnmower is vastly entertaining... ...unless you are a contestant.
  • Plastic exhaust hose is commonly used to insulate high voltage power lines.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 5 mins - One has to ask why the escape shuttle didn't just keep them in suspended animation and circling the planet.
  • 18 mins - Hey buddy! Does that hang glider/rocket thing pass emissions?
  • 21 mins - Oh, he pressed the "turn to goo" button.
  • 30 mins - Considering the world is inhabited by mutants I would probably sleep inside the armored vehicle, not on the ground.
  • 49 mins - Let us just watch that in reverse for no reason.
  • 83 mins - No scale modeling going on here, no sir.
  • 85 mins - You should probably wait two or three years to consummate the partnership. What is the age of legal consent in 2136 anyway?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note spacehunter1.wav Chalmers: "Okay, what did you do to this?"
Wolff: "Emergency repair procedure number one."
Chalmers: "You kicked it?"
Green Music Note spacehunter2.wav Wolff: "What the hell are you?"
Nicki: "What do you think I am you scrawny earthbag? I'm a woman!"
Green Music Note spacehunter3.wav Chemist: "Are they missing any limbs? I hate it when they have missing limbs."
Green Music Note spacehunter4.wav Overlord: "You have a very enviable life force, a life force you're going to share with me."
Nicki: "But you said if I made it through I'm free."
Overdog: "I lied!"

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Wolff faces off against Overdog in this action packed scene. You know, hitting some guy who is barely mobile should not be difficult, our hero should look into getting contacts or something.

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Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #1. Posted on July 31, 2000, 04:57:18 PM by Stefan Robak
This film was actually and originally released in 3D.
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #2. Posted on July 31, 2000, 11:06:22 PM by Adam H
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.    
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #3. Posted on August 05, 2000, 05:50:56 AM by Squishy
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...
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #4. Posted on August 04, 2000, 05:04:09 AM by TravisBickle
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.
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #5. Posted on October 27, 2000, 05:11:59 PM by Chris
This movie is goofy, but its a kick to watch.  
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by GTBurns
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.
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by RANDY
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.
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Roy Smith
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).
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