Written and Directed by David Worth
Thorn EMI Video, 1983
by Tammy Vrieze
It’s a good thing David Hasselhoff hit the beaches. Warrior of the Lost World’s supersonic “speedcycle” could give Knight Rider’s KITT some serious competition. With a voice more annoying than Erkle’s, this speedcycle’s vocabulary will bring back nightmares of your grandparents’ attempts at the valley girl lingo of the early eighties. Astride this computerized moto-monstrosity we find “The Rider,” a fearless survivor of the collapse of civilization who rides across a futuristic post-apocalyptic wasteland. When The Rider accidentally breaks through the “Wall of Illusion” he is sent by a group of mystics called the Enlightened to help Nastassia, a leader of the Outsiders, to rescue her father from the evil Omega Force. The Omega Force is a Big Brother society of sorts that has taken over their world and destroys all inefficient members and those that possess free thought. Prosser is the evil dictator who controls Omega and is disturbingly portrayed by a very bald Donald Pleasance. What is disturbing is that he would sink to such an extreme degree of humiliation after the success of The Great Escape, 1984, Halloween, and many other decent films. During the rescue of her father Nastassia is captured and subjected to mind control, while her father and The Rider go off to recruit a band of lowlife rebels, not yet under Omega control, to aid in her rescue.
I can see why Mystery Science Theater 3000 added Warrior of the Lost World to their hit list. My favorite scene is when Nastassia and The Rider are hiding behind a pillar in a dark cave from some zombie creatures, holding flaming torches at arm length, and the zombies walk right past them as if they couldn’t see the light.
Written and directed by David Worth (Who?) in 1983, Warrior of the Lost World does have some redeeming and entertaining moments but the speedcycle is annoying enough to keep me from seeing this film again. The cast also includes Robert Ginty, Persis Khambatta, Fred Williamson, and Harrison Muller. If you’re still tempted to check it out AND if your local video store carries a copy, it will be sitting on the self.