Forbidden World

In the tradition of the movie “Alien” by Ridley Scott, producer Roger Corman brought the story of the enemy alien to a new, bloody level in 1982. Never before has a science fiction film been so dark and threatening. UCM.ONE releases this film “Forbidden World” (also known as “Mutant“) in HD on the label M-Square Classics and restores it as a limited media book with DVD and Blu-Ray together with a 16-page booklet in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Synopsis

On the planet Xerbia, a group of elite scientists are working to solve the problem of a galactic famine. They are trying to develop a living being from human and extraterrestrial stem cells that can replicate the cell structure of anything it eats. But the created mutant is anything but a soulless heap of cells. He is a highly developed, super-intelligent eating monster that is now mercilessly beginning to decimate the scientists and the crew of the outpost…

About director Allan Holzman

The film career of Allan Holzman, born in Baltimore, began in film editing, which he learned at the legendary Roger Corman Film School. Corman then hired him at New World Pictures, where Holzman edited “Candy Stripe Nurses” (1974) and Jonathan Demme‘s “Crazy Mama” (1975). In 1977 he was hired by Universal Pictures as the editor for “Checkered Flag or Crash” and he went to the editing room for Fantastic Films‘ “The Amsterdam Kill” (also 1977) and Modern Film Effects‘ “Mad Pilot” (1980) until Corman finally entrusted him with his first feature film direction in 1982. Holzman said about his debut as a director:

“There was no script. Corman only gave me one instruction: ‚You have four days to write, produce and shoot an eight-minute opening sequence for a space movie. You get an astronaut and a robot if you need inspiration. I always wanted a kind of “Lawrence of Arabia” in space…‘”

Forbidden World“, where he also did the editing besides directing, was judged as much too cheap and brutal by the critics, but one year later it received three Saturn Awards: “Best Low-Budget-Film“, “Best Make-up” and “Best Special Effects“. Today, his first work is often mentioned in the same breath as Roger Corman‘s 1981 “Alien“-rip-off “Galaxy of Terror“, as the “Master of Recycling” Corman reused some of James Cameron‘s original sets for the film. In addition, footage from Corman’s “Star Wars” interpretation “Battle beyond the Stars” (1980) was incorporated into the film. From the mid-1980s to early 2000s, Holzmann only directed six more feature films, and since the turn of the millennium, Holzman has focused on directing documentaries. Film editing remains his hobby.

New World Pictures – The fantastic trashy worlds of Roger Corman:

Producer, actor, director, screenwriter: Roger William Corman was born on 5 April 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. He began his remarkable film career, after studying engineering at Stanford, initially as a messenger for 20th Century Fox and went to Great Britain shortly afterwards to study English literature at Oxford University. Finally he returned to Hollywood wirking as a literary agent and co-produced his first film “Highway Dragnet” in 1953. Although he was not mentioned by name, Corman also was production assistant under William F. Broidy, working free of charge to gain experience, and Corman had himself written the script and sold it to Broidy for 2,000 dollars. This money motivated Corman to produce more movies and laid the foundation for his career as a producer. With the money for the script in his pocket and thanks to the financial support of some friends, Corman produced the first movie of his own in 1954: “Monster from the Ocean Floor” was finished for just 30,000 dollars and made 850,000 dollars at the box office. His directing debut followed a year later with the Western “Five Guns West“, and especially in the 1950s and 1960s Corman was extremely productive as principal director at AIP. They first put him on the director’s chair for “Machine-Gun Kelly” and “Teenage Cave Man“.

Original title: Forbidden World

Director: Allan Holzman

Screenplay: Tim Curnen

Story: Jim Wynorski, R.J. Robertson

Actors & actresses: Jesse Vint, Dawn Dunlap, June Chadwick, Linden Chiles, Fox Harris, Ray Oliver, Scott Paulin, Michael Bowen, Don Olivera, Victor Warren

Producer: Roger Corman

Co-producer: Mary Ann Fisher

Cinematography: Tim Suhrstedt

Camera and electrical department: James L. Carter, M.J. Elliott, Greg Gardiner, James J. Gilson, Jim Grce, Scott Guthrie, Martin J. Layton, Tracy Neftzger, David W. Nims

Sound: John K. Adams, Patrushkha Mierzwa, Branda S. Miller, Mark Ulano, Karen G. Wilson

Film editing: Allan Holzman, Martin Nicholson

Special effects: Roger George, Michael F. Hoover, Michael Lavalley, Rick Lazzarini, Brian Bevis

Visual effects: Steve Caldwell, Tom Campbell, Brian Chin, William T. Conway, Deborah Gaydos, Julia Gibson, Matthew McAllister, January Nordman, Kyle Perkins, Tony Randel, Jay Roth, Brent Scrivener, Hank Simon, Dennis Skotak, Robert Skotak, Joseph Yanuzzi

Costume and wardrobe department: Susie DeSanto, Mary Jane McCarty

Casting: Jackie Burch

Music: Susan Justin

 

Production companies: Jupiter Film Productions, New World Pictures

Year of production: 1982

Genre: Science-Fiction, Horror

Country: USA

Language: English

Dubbing: German

 

Length: 77 Min

Rating: FSK 16

Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1

Sound: Mono

Resolution: HD

Other Titles:

English: Mutant (Alternative title)

German: Mutant – Das Grauen im All

French: Mutant

Spanish: Galaxia prohibida

Portuguese: XB: Galáxia Proibida

Start USA: May 07, 1982

Start Deutschland: April 29, 1983

Mediabook Start (Blu-Ray & DVD) Germany: November 29, 2019

VoD-Start Deutschland: November 29, 2019

Although Roger Corman was established as a successful director, producing remained his real passion and so he founded his first own production company, The Filmgroup, together with his brother Gene in 1959. Specialized in low-budget movies for drive-in cinemas, the first three movies “High School Big Shot“, “T-Bird-Gang” and “Attack of the Giant Leeches” were made in the founding year of the company, as well as “A Bucket of Blood“, a black comedy, produced for AIP. They then tried to persuade Corman to direct two low-budget horror films, but Corman refused and convinced AIP to have an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe‘s “The Fall of the House of Usher” shot instead. In “The House of Usher” from 1960 Vincent Price took the leading role and the movie became one of the greatest successes for AIP. Until the mid 1960s Corman continued his directing career for several studios, also to finance more movies for Filmgroup.

In 1970 he finally had the big breakthrough as an independent film producer: The first three films of his newly founded production company New World Pictures, “Angels Die Hard“, “The Student Nurses” and “The Big Doll House“, were enormously successful at the box office and brought the young company a turnover of 3.2 million dollars. Corman had copied AIP‘s recipe for success and focused on low-cost productions with fresh actors that were to be distributed internationally. Initially, the focus was primarily on horror and (s)exploitation movies, but now and then a drama or thriller was mixed in New World’s portfolio and from the mid-1970s science fiction- and fantasy films. During this time Corman and New World began to flood the film world with B and C film history gems and Corman “shone” again and again with his own adaptations of great cinema successes such as “Star Wars” (“Battle Beyond the Stars” 1981) or “Conan the Barbarian” (“Deathstalker” 1983) and was never above taking over sets and whole scenes from previous films.

At first the desired international distribution of the films was limited, until in 1984 Corman expanded his company by three more divisions. From then on, New World International was responsible for worldwide distribution, New World Television specialized in TV productions and New World Video was to conquer the ever-growing home video market. In 1987, New World Pictures changed its name to New World Entertainment, bought Marvel Comics and was planning to buy the toy companies Kenner and Mattel which they never did.

At the same time, the company was enjoying considerable success with TV productions for Lorimar-Telepictures, but at the same time the company’s financial situation was strained, leading to reorganization, while Roger Corman himself continued to follow his passion and produce B-movies. Parts of the company went to the Andrews Group, Four Star Television and Sony Pictures, until New World finally became part of 20th Century Fox and thus is now owned by the Disney Company.

“Horror movies are simply the safest genre, comedies are the most insecure. Even if your horror movie isn’t very good, some people will still scream and everything is good. If nobody laughs at your comedy, you’re dead!” (Roger Corman)

Today, at the age of 93, Corman is still mixing up the film world as a producer, which has earned him the honorable title of “Pope of Pop Cinema”. He also took dozens of filmmakers under his wing in the course of his career, which included 415 film productions and 56 directorial works. Whether Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Manahem Golan or James Horner, whether Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda or Dennis Hopper, they all owe their careers to New World Pictures and Roger Corman.

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Comments about the movie

“I must say, this is one of the best Corman movies of all time – you have to see it!” (90lostminutes.com)

“If you want to turn off your brain and want blood and naked skin: dive in and have a good laugh.“ (Myreviewer.com)

“Fully recommended if you’re up for the full dose of trash.” (girlsgunsandghouls.com)

“Anyone who likes science fiction movies and also likes killer aliens and other creatures and monsters should watch this movie.” (home.datacomm.ch)

“Director Allan Holzman and his boys and girls feast on familiar genre food, but they present it as an entertaining and technically not at all unambitious package.” (wilsonsdachboden.com)

“Corman and his crew have once again done a great job creating a beautiful B-movie space monster shocker with modest means and partly obscure ideas.” (dienachtderlebendentexte.wordpress.com)

“Forbidden World is an entertaining movie, that took some ideas from Alien but also comes up with a lot of its own.” (videothekenkind.de)

“For Corman, it was worth it just as much as it was for the audience, because Forbidden World is nothing less than a classic of the newer B-film.” (funkhundd.wordpress.com)

“Mad Scientists, nudity en masse, a wonderfully imaginative alien and typical sci-fi synthies make this entertaining B-movie fun.” (time-wasting.blogspot.com)

“A trivial monster movie with an amazing entertainment value from the world of B movies.”  (mumien-monster-mutationen.de)

“Sleazy, trashy, but no film to take seriously, just good entertainment.” (darkmoviedreams.forumieren.com)

“Dangerous experiments, erotic ladies, a merciless alien and a robot. Forbidden World is not stingy with variety.” (already tested.de)

 

Equipment and technical data of the media book

Movie in the original theatrical version, 16-page booklet | Picture format: Full screen 1.85:1 (original format); Blu-Ray WS 1.85:1 / 1080p 23,976 | Total running time Blu-Ray 78 Min, DVD 75 Min | Sound format: DVD Deutsch DD 2.0, English DD 2.0; Blu-Ray: Deutsch DTS- HD Master Audio 2.0, English DTS- HD Master Audio 2.0 | Extras: Four minutes longer DC version of the film in SD (completely subtitled in German); US movie trailer (2:28 min.), German movie trailer (2:27 min.); Artwork Gallery | FSK 16

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