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SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE - 2 Slimes
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: 

BEGIN NONSENSE
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.
END NONSENSE

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.
  • 9 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A CONTROL PANEL!
  • 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 

FileDialog
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 #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by James Perry
Me and my mom went and saw this in 3D.  Yep.  We had a great time and Molly was cute but a tad annoying...still cheezy fun!  I don't know if mom'll sit and watch it with us now...  Also check out Ice Pirates with the late Robert Urich for similar cheezy Sci-Fi fun!

Correction on Ringwald:  she'd only been in 3 other films including the wonderful Tempest, also P.K. and the Kid (?) and Packin It In (?).  Plus the Facts of Life thing (ha ha) and was still somewhat unknown.  I'd never heard of her.  16 Candles and Breakfast Club came directly after...and then...everybody knew who she was.
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #18. Posted on June 16, 2003, 03:12:39 PM by James Perry
Correction again.  Oops.  I read that wrong...sorry.
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #19. Posted on November 15, 2003, 10:45:05 PM by marco
Wonderful trash! beutifully shot in 3-D. See it!
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by yannick
Man ho man i am glad that i have bought this one on dvd.

This is a classic of the 80 sci fi movies and one of the best ones.

I was very scared to see this movie again, last time i add seen it was around 1987, and again today in 2004, it has aged wonderfully and the special effects where quit amazing.
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Hungry Guy
Maybe the movie was campy, but I'd love to be the guy to rescue Molly Ringwald :-)
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jako
The film wasn't so bad! I seen it for first when I was about 5 years old, and I was so amazed on it's environment and the machine design was wonderfully done for show a Post-Apocalyptic world in an another planet. By the way I still don't know those country sides(rocks, desert sides) played on a forgotten area, or needed to travel to an another country.
The laser effects and the android was the two special effects what thrown up the film to the most sci-fi times in that age I thinks.
Washington's harvester/tractor thingy and Wolf's jeep was so unique, and that film's style gave me a lot of help to advance my art style. My favourite and funny scene was the action with the train what have been attacked by Overdog's bike warriors.
Wolf: -I join.
Chalmers: -Whose side?
Wolf: -To my Own. Cover me!
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Joe Meils
Yes, this one's a great peice of pulp sci fi "western." Nothing wrong with that, it never really tried to be anything but something to munch your popcorn to. The reason I love this flick is because it's one of the handful of films that a guy named Mike Minor worked on as an art director. Other films of his include the Trek episode, "The Tholian Web," Star Trek: TMP, Flesh Gordon, and The Cat From Outer Space. Tragically, his career was cut short by the AIDS epidemic of the late 80's/early 90's. The guy really knew how to make things look cool, if it was a rusted out future SUV, or a gleaming cat's eye spaceship.
Re: Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Reply #24. Posted on September 19, 2007, 06:13:49 PM by HarlotBug3
I was wondering if anyone knew a way I could get my hands on the original 3d version of this movie.  I have some friends that work in a theater, so purchasing an orignal reel could possibly be an option. Thanks.
    Kent

I would drive across town to see that in a heartbeat.

Not to be creepy (for a change), but I can't be the only 8 year old who felt an unusual 'stimulation' at the sight of Claw-borg's methods. (I can't say his real name, I just can't)
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