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7 May 1982 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jesse Vint ... Mike Colby
Dawn Dunlap ... Tracy Baxter

June Chadwick ... Dr. Barbara Glaser
Linden Chiles ... Dr. Gordon Hauser
Fox Harris ... Dr. Cal Timbergen
Ray Oliver ... Brian Beale (as Raymond Oliver)

Scott Paulin ... Earl Richards

Michael Bowen ... Jimmy Swift
Don Olivera ... SAM-104
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Victor Warren ... Mutant (uncredited)

Directed by
Allan Holzman 
Writing credits
Tim Curnen (screenplay)

Jim Wynorski (story) and
R.J. Robertson (story)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
Mary Ann Fisher .... co-producer
Original Music by
Susan Justin 
Cinematography by
Tim Suhrstedt 
Film Editing by
Allan Holzman 
Martin Nicholson 
Casting by
Jackie Burch  (as Jackie McNamara)
Production Design by
Christopher Horner 
Art Direction by
Joseph T. Garrity  (as Joe Garrity)
Wayne Springfield 
Set Decoration by
Chuck Seaton 
Makeup Department
John Carl Buechler .... special makeup effects (as J.C. Buechler)
Sue Dolph .... makeup artist
Karen Kubeck .... special makeup effects artist: assistant makeup artist
Susan Moray .... hair stylist
Steve Neill .... prosthetic fabricator
Don Olivera .... special makeup effects
Jim Shaw .... prosthetic designer
R. Christopher Biggs .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Bart Mixon .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Mark Shostrom .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Clark Henderson .... post-production supervisor
Aaron Lipstadt .... production manager
Charles Skouras III .... assistant production manager
William T. Conway .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Allan .... first assistant director
Aaron Lipstadt .... second unit director
Victoria Plummer .... second assistant director (as Vicki Plummer)
Art Department
Whitney Scott Bain .... carpenter
Julie Kaye Fanton .... props (as Julie Towery)
Jim Haddon .... special props and graphics
Donna Marburger .... special props and graphics
James Reigle .... set construction supervisor (as Jim Reigle)
Ron Siegle .... special props and graphics
Mark Pritchard .... carpenter (uncredited)
Mark A. Shelton .... art department electrician (uncredited)
Sound Department
John K. Adams .... sound editor
Patrushkha Mierzwa .... boom operator
Branda S. Miller .... sound editor (as Branda Miller)
Mark Ulano .... production sound mixer
Karen G. Wilson .... supervising sound editor (as Karen Wilson)
Special Effects by
Roger George .... pyrotechnics
Michael F. Hoover .... special mechanics
Michael Lavalley .... special mechanics (as Mike La Valley)
Rick Lazzarini .... special mechanics
Visual Effects by
Steve Caldwell .... camera operator: special visual effects
Tom Campbell .... supervisor: special visual effects
Brian Chin .... storyboard artist: special visual effects
William T. Conway .... supervisor: special visual effects (as Bill Conway)
Deborah Gaydos .... effects animation designer
Julia Gibson .... effects animation camera
Matthew McAllister .... special lighting effects
January Nordman .... assistant animator (as January R. Nordman)
Kyle Perkins .... model builder
Tony Randel .... optical effects consultant (as Anthony Randel)
Jay Roth .... model builder
Brent Scrivener .... model shop supervisor (as Brent Scrivner)
Hank Simon .... optical camera
Dennis Skotak .... director of photography: special visual effects
Robert Skotak .... production designer: special visual effects
Joseph Yanuzzi .... effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
James L. Carter .... director of photography: second unit (as James Carter)
M.J. Elliott .... still photographer
Greg Gardiner .... best boy
James J. Gilson .... gaffer (as Jim Gilson)
Jim Grce .... electrician
Scott Guthrie .... electrician
Martin J. Layton .... assistant camera (as Marty Layton)
Tracy Neftzger .... key grip
David W. Nims .... grip (as Dave Nims)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susie DeSanto .... wardrobe supervisor
Mary Jane McCarty .... costume designer: women's jumpsuits (as Janice McCarthy)
Editorial Department
James Matheny .... associate editor (as Jim Matheny)
Marilyn McCoppen .... assistant editor
Martin Nicholson .... associate editor (as Marty Nicholson)
Mark Pritchard .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Craig Huxley .... electronic music realization (as Craig Huntley)
Other crew
Rupert Harvey .... production accountant
Pat Morrill .... production coordinator
Judith Saunders .... script supervisor (as Judy Saunders)
Mike Chambers .... production assistant/meat wrangler (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
77 min | Belgium:85 min (video version) | USA:82 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | France:-12 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2010) | UK:18 (1984) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Cameo: [Susan Justin]The film's composer can be seen on screen as the character of Annie, albeit only in a picture.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In the first lab scene on planet Xarbia, when Mike Colby says "That thing is trouble, I can smell it", we can see a yellow microphone appearing from the inferior-left, which appears again on the next scene from the same plane.See more »
[first lines]
[Colby is awaken from his hibernation by his android pilot SAM-104]
Mike Colby:Where are we?
SAM-104:Beta zone. There's a pack of food raiders on our tail, sir.
Mike Colby:My hands... are numb.
SAM-104:Concentrate sir, they're closing in!
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Edited into Not of This Earth (1988)See more »


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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
"Welcome to the Garden of Eden. We play God here.", 8 November 2008
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Expect little from it and you'll be please with what you get. I was. 'Forbidden World' is a quickly produced Roger Corman low-budget b-grade fable that's all in for exciting and junky exploitation. Nice. So I see it tagged as an 'Alien' clone… yeah kinda. Ah definitely. This time it's not an outer-space visitor, but a mutant of genetic work which goes through transformation cycles and then making ends meat of a terrific b-cast. Out of all of the films of this ilk that decided to ride the wave of 'Alien (1979)' success, from what I've seen this would be my favourite of the bunch. Still need to get my hands on the other Corman produced Sci-fi / horror cult fave 'Galaxy of Terror (1981)'.

The story centres on intergalactic trouble-shooter Mike Colbey being sent to a barren world were a group of scientists in remote station are researching genetic research without restrictions. However one of their experiments has got out of control.

It's rather straightforward, even though the script does throw around many scientific exchanges but counterpointing that is many trashy dialogues. But it seems to know what it is and goes about it in the right manner. After such a disjointed beginning (like from some other movie), it hits its strides and keeps a quick tempo, as it moves through in no time. Where this draws the most interest from is its crude and gooey make-up effects. It's daring, outrageous and literally had guts. There are a few unforgettable sequences and it's a sight to behold in the way they finally depose of the mutant. Ridiculous, but clever. However talk about leaving a icky mess! They don't make them like this anymore. Although it did get hard to see with moments of hectic editing techniques (though some odd inclusions added something different), dim lighting composition and fuzzily intrusive photography. This stark visual quality helped cemented the forebodingly moody and suffocating atmosphere within the tautly limited set-designs. Susan Justin's electronic score is elastically thumping with a real seductive pull to it. Some might call it irritably cheesy, but I loved the main theme. Allan Holzman's direction is bitingly simple and it works. Adding graphic violence (like the melting tissue in to sloppy gruel) and constant sleaze (with actresses June Chadwick and Dawn Dunlap showering together) in a pulsating package of genuine competence. The mutant (who turns peeping tom at one stage or another) with its massive head and glaring teeth looks great and terrifying. The cast do the job of what's asked from them. Jesse Vint is fine as Mike Colbey, although he spends more time flirting and sleeping about with the women. Fox Harris hams it up as one of the scientists and the sumptuous June Chadwick gives a sharp performance as scientist too. The gorgeous Dawn Dunlap spends a lot of the time screaming her head off, running around corridors and baring flesh. I guess the character is just keeping to tradition. Linden Chiles, Michael Bowen and Scott Paulin cap off a modest support cast.

Cheap and tacky, but highly enjoyable kitsch.

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