Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)

Synopsis: Obvious Han Solo knockoff teams up with Molly Ringwald(!), and pre-Ghostbusters Ernie Hudson to rescue three rich socialites held captive in the “forbidden zone” by an over-acting Michael Ironside and his not-so-menacing band of toughs.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Blast off on a high-powered space adventure starring Peter Strauss as a galactic bounty hunter menaced by a mechanical madman.”

What Did I Learn?: Apparently, none of the production staff found it creepy when Molly’s teenaged character climbed into Strauss’ sleeping bag, or when he force-washed her in a creek with a bar of soap.  

You Might Like This Movie If: You really want to know what sort of roles Molly Ringwald was given before the Breakfast Club and 16 Candles.

Really?: Well, for starters... early on, the ship’s computer said the girls crash-landed on a “plague planet”, and Molly even offers our healthy hero serum, if he needs it. Thing is, nobody on the planet seems to have the plague or get the plague, and it’s never mentioned again.

Rating: Terrible acting (Strauss sounds eerily like Phil Hartman’s Troy MacLure while Molly Ringwald just screams a lot), combine with bargain basement special effects and atrocious dialogue to make Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone a genuinely bad movie. But it’s a fun bad movie – watch it with your 30-and-40-something friends for a few laughs. 4.5/10 stars.

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