Sunday, 24 June 2012


Spacehunter - Adventures in the Forbidden Zone - poster Director: Lamont Johnson
Writers (story): Stewart Harding, Jean LaFleur
Writers (screenplay): David Preston, Edith Rey, Daniel Goldberg, Len Blum
Running time: 90 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): PG

Genre: Adventure/Sci-Fi
USA Release date: 20th May 1983

Watched on Sky+ Sunday 24th June 2012.


Riding on the back of the success of the Star Wars movies came a batch of low-budget space adventures, most of which should never have been made (IMO). Amongst this batch of (quite bad) movies was, what I consider, a little gem. No, it’s no masterpiece I admit, but from the first time I saw it I was hooked. I will tell you more after this very brief summary.

Spacehunter - Adventures in the Forbidden Zone - 5 After an accident aboard a star liner, an escape pod lands on a planet plagued by disease and mutation. The occupants of the pod, three beautiful women command a very high price to the person that can bring them back to civilisation. Enter Wolff, a loner and a bit of a rogue; he is collecting garbage when he and his companion, Chalmers (an android) receive the message. Landing on the planet the soon run into trouble and lose track of the girls as they are taken by men who work for Overdog, the ruler of this planet. Chalmers is damaged and can no longer function so Wolff is on his own. That is until he runs into Niki, a teenage girl who offers to track him to Overdog. He reluctantly agrees and the pair set off on a journey that will bring them into contact with many perils along the way. I don’t want to say too much more… I’m sure there’s someone else out there that will love this film as much as I do and I don’t want to spoil it for them.

Spacehunter - Adventures in the Forbidden Zone - 4 The effects are not great, it must be said, but given the budget and the fact it was made in 3D; I’ll forgive that. What it has in its favour is a half decent story and a cast that actually (for me anyway) make it work. I must say I love the performance of the, quite young, Molly Ringwald as Niki; I thought she was great! I also thought Peter Strauss did a decent job as Wolff; yes, he borrows heavily from Harrison Ford as Haan Solo, but (again) I can forgive that. Other noteworthy performances came from; Ernie Hudson as Washington, Andrea Marcovicci as Chalmers and Michael Ironside as Overdog.

Spacehunter - Adventures in the Forbidden Zone - 6 A film that is not available on DVD here in the UK (much to my dismay), I catch it almost every time it makes it to the TV screens. As I’ve already said, the production is not the best, but (for me) the story and the performances hold it together. Yes, it does try a little too hard in places and some of the dialogue is a little strange, but I’d still rather watch this than ‘The Phantom Menace’ any day! If you haven’t seen it I urge you to give it a go… If you have (& didn’t like it)… Give it another chance, it grows on you!... RECOMMENDED.

My score: 8.0/10

IMDb Score: 4.8/10 (based on 2,419 votes at the time of going to press).

MetaScore: No Data: (Based on 0 critic reviews provided by at the time of going to press).

Rotten Tomatoes ‘Tomatometer’ Score: 20/100 (based on 5 reviews counted at the time of going to press).

Rotten Tomatoes ‘Audience’ Score: 24/100 ‘Want to See’ (based on 2,988 user ratings counted at the time of going to press).

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Spacehunter - Adventures in the Forbidden Zone - 3 FAVOURITE QUOTES:
Chalmers: Okay, what did you do to this?
Wolff: Emergency repair procedure number one.
Chalmers: You kicked it?

Wolff: [Having just kicked and further broken an already malfunctioning comms computer] The communicator is out again.
Chalmers: That's because we need a new auto-correlation spectometer... not to mention a new drive systems regulator, a freon activator and, of course, a complete scan systems overhaul.
Wolff: [Looks Chalmers over with a lustful gaze] I'm still glad I bought you the nightshirt instead!

Spacehunter - Adventures in the Forbidden Zone - 2 Wolff: What the hell are you?
Niki: What do you think I am, you scrawny earthbag? I'm a woman!

Chemist: Are they missing any limbs? I hate it when they have missing limbs.

Niki: Us loners got to stick together.

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