Synopsis: The evil Prossor has formed a deadly militia, called the Omega, to rule a post-apocalyptic future. In the wastelands, a small group, called the Outsiders, struggle against Prossor and his Omegas. Traveling on his... more » computer-controlled supersonic speed-cycle, a lone warrior battles both the Omegas and bands of murderous outlaws.« less
however, i think it's a shame that MST3K has yet to release this gem on dvd. i'd say steer away from the actual movie and try and find a copy of the MST3K episode
as the review above said you'll be rooting for the Omega and MEGAWEAPON by the end."
A look at the not so distance future a tame mad max
P. Smith | Perth Australia | 11/24/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The idea was good the concept was better, but the film fails to deliver. There is no need for an R rating as you could fall asleep half way through. the weapons look what they are - plastic. The weapons don't sound as a gun should when fired, all together if you are bored and want to have a few beers and only watch a movie every five minutes, then this is the film for you. Start it half way and you won't miss anything."
"Listen lady, I don't need any computer to tell me I'm in wa
cookieman108 | Inside the jar... | 04/07/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Amen to that, brother...now I've seen a whole mess of Italian made, post apocalyptic thrillers in my time, and I'll tell you what, some of them ain't half bad, but Warrior of the Lost World (1983) aka Il Giustiziere della terra perduta aka I Predatori dell'anno omega aka Mad Rider just plain stinks...it stinks on ice...written and directed by David Worth (Lady Dragon, Shark Attack 3: Megalodon), the film stars Robert Ginty (Maniac Killer, Code Name Vengeance), who was no stranger to the world of crappy cinema, along with Persis Khambatta (Nighthawks, Megaforce), probably best known as the character Lieutenant Ilia aka the bald chick, from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). Also appearing is the late, great Donald `Cueball' Pleasence (Circus of Horrors, The Great Escape, The Mutations) and Fred `The Hammer' Williamson (MASH, Hell Up in Harlem), who appeared in a handful of these Italiano Road Warrior clones/knockoffs in the 1980s including The New Barbarians (1982), 1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982), and The New Gladiators (1984) after the blaxploitation genre petered out at the end of the 1970s.
The film starts off with a whole lot of scrolling text talking about radiation wars, the collapse of nations, a dark age of tyranny, an evil despot named Prossor (played by Pleasence, of course), his militia called The Omega, the Outsiders (the opposition to Prossor and his Omegans), mystical Elders, scatter groups of rebels known as Marginals who roam the wasteland, and a lone rider known simply as Rider (Ginty), destined to become our unshaven savior...of sorts. You know, with the amount of text dumped on us up front, there doesn't seem much need for the rest of the film...anyway, we now see Rider flying down the road on his supersonic, talking speedcycle named Einstein (ugh), and I have to say, given the supposed collapse of society, the infrastructure has remained surprisingly intact (the road are in suspiciously good shape as there's nary a pothole to be seen). After running a gauntlet of dangers (including an Omegan speed trap and some junkyard idiots), Rider crashes into the side of a mountain, initiating a fiery, twisted death (yay!)...but wait, now we're in the mountain (what the hell?), and Rider's being healed by some mystical elder types in togas while being informed that he's the chosen one and he has to save the rebellion (named The New Way...double ugh) by rescuing their leader, called the Professor, who has since been captured by Prossor and his men. Accompanied by the Professor's daughter Nastasia (Khambatta), the pair, disguised as workers, sneak into the city via some bat/spider/snake/mutant riddled caverns, find the Professor, kill about 150 Omegan soldiers during their escape, steal a chopper, but Nastasia gets left behind in the hullabaloo. Next the Professor and Rider organize the Marginals, the various idiot gangs populating the wastelands (Rider participates in a royal rumble, highlighted by his tossing of a dwarf...triple ugh), ultimately beating them and assuming leadership, or something like that, leading up to an all out assault on Prossor and his Omega militia. After a ridiculous high speed battle ala The Road Warrior, Rider and his band of goons face off against Prossor's Megaweapon, which is essentially a tricked out Earth mover. Eventually the rebels get the upper hand on Prossor, but seeing as how he's so very evil, he's certain to have a few tricks up his sleeve...
I hardly know where to begin this film it was so atrocious...about twenty minutes in I began to develop an astounding headache due to, I suspect, the level of suck emitting from my television screen. There's just so much to despise here...on the top of my list would be Rider's insipid, chintzy, dumbash talking motorcycle, the `talking' bit obviously ripped off from the television series Knightrider. The voice of the bike sounded a lot like the voices used for those squirrels in the Walt Disney cartoons, except here it wasn't cute at all, only irritating and grating. When some bad guys would show up, the bike would squeak out something like this..."Badmothers! Badmothers! Badmothers!" Ugh...at the very least we do get to see this odious, tin plated, mechanical abomination die under the monstrous wheels of the Megaweapon with a satisfying, metallic crunch (the crowd cheered). Speaking of the Megaweapon, Rider asks Einstein what it would take to destroy the machine, to which the stupid bike replies 40 megatons...40 megatons of what? A 40-megaton warhead? Regardless, Rider ends up pulling a Luke Skywalker maneuver ala The Empire Strikes Back, disabling the machine much like Luke did for the AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport) walker/transport on the ice planet Hoth. Oh bruther...the story, if you wanna call it that, is all over the place, and elements like continuity and flow don't seem to be concern for the director. As far as the acting, it's bad, even for this type of film (and that's an accomplishment in itself)... Robert Ginty seems to be channeling Clint Eastwood ala any of his spaghetti westerns, but doing an abysmal job of it...it's my contention that you cannot act cool...either you've got it or you don't, and Ginty, you ain't got it...Donald Pleasence revives his Ernst Stavro Blofeld role from the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, clothes, mannerisms and all, but given the wretchedness of the script, he's about as threatening as a mewling, de-clawed kitten. His totalitarian state was a joke, as was his ineffectual, inept, and grabastic militia (the rebellion wasn't much better). Here's my favorite line, as he's since gotten the upper hand on our heroes...
"The last thing you'll see is me watching you die."
I loved the scene where Prossor is torturing Nastasia as she's strapped to a lighted table...he's using an old Zenith television remote controller, randomly mashing the buttons, looking confused and bewildered. I will say this about Persis Khambatta ...she looks good with hair, but I'll be jiggered if I could understand a word she was saying. As far as Fred Williamson, he's in the film for all of about five minutes, as his role is limited to his character firing a bazooka out of a helicopter, which seemed to me a bad idea as I would have thought the blowback to do serious internal damage to the whirlybird, but apparently not...here's another treat...the film is populated by spacey sound effects, the kind you can only create via an incredibly cheap synthesizer. On the positive side, the movie did have a couple of spectacular explosions and a ridiculous ending. All in all, this isn't one of those films where you root for the heroes, or anyone for that matter, but only for the end (and, perhaps a long, painful, lingering death to those involved in making it).
The picture quality, presented in fullscreen, on this 905 Entertainment DVD release is extremely dingy and lifeless, looking as if a worn VHS tape was used as the master source, and the audio, supposedly in Dolby Digital 2.0, is often muddled and inaudible at times. There are no special features, but there are chapter stops...four of them...making me wonder what was the point? A shoddy release for a shoddy movie. This film was featured on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, so if you feel you must see it, I'd say seek out that version, as it's infinitely more entertaining.
Dr Loomis had a better chance stopping Myers then the Warrio
Sid the Elf | North Pole | 08/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow would be the one term to come to mind after witnessing the "film" called Warrior of the Lost World. While choosing among of vast variety of on-demand movies Sid decided to go to an always enjoyed favorite, Mystery Science Theater 3000. See for us the only thing that hits home in the B pioneer department other then MST3K is the immortal Joe Bob Briggs. Anytime we have the opportunity to see something either was has recommended it's a no brainer. In addition to the guaranteed laughs from the crew, the Sid favorite Donald Pleasence aka Dr Loomis was on the bill certifying this was the way to go. The best way to sum this one up would be to say it's a cross between Death Race 2000 - Special Edition and Total Recall just much much more B.
Right off the bat the film starts off explaining nothing and delivering even less. The main character is a Don Johnson wanna be who when asked "what do you think you're Frankie Valli of some kind of big shot?" he'd simply reply "That's me, I'm him." This guy is beyond tough and proves it by taking on gangs of the future who were dressed like it was 82. There's nothing better then the futuristic films that though the 80's would stay the same forever. The only difference is they strap some cardboard spikes to the front of their run down camaros. Anyway, he winds up getting killed but given another chance by Fred Williamson and a bunch of people dressed in space suits. You'd probably have to be on acid to understand this movie. He then goes on a mission to take down the future gangs and their leader Dr. Loomis who was the inspiration for Dr. Evil with his bald head and 1 piece gray future suit. The rest of this mess is filled with fights scenes where not a single punch comes with 3 ft of it's intended target and explosions. Simply B perfection.
Warrior of the Lost World is something that only MST3K could find and share with the world, because we couldn't imagine there being an original copy for sale anywhere in the world. Well maybe at that pathmark next to C.B. but even that's a long shot. Yeah we know they had Death Ring but that was weeks ago muth.....I'm partying. This was one of those special moments when you just stare in disbelieve at what you're witnessing. The finest scene had to be the giant fight that for some reason contained every type of action stereotype possible. There was commandos, ninjas, Japanese warriors, 80's street tuffs, guidos, hicks, overweight bikers, giant goons, a lone chubby mexican, and....a midget! On that note how about some Drive In totals?
1 Jimmy Carter look a like
A fantastic Mcqueen style whisper "Really?"
2 motorcycle explosions
1 Truck explosion
4 car explosions (That used the same scene 4 time sover but from a different angle each time)
1 chopper explosion
1 Loomis backhand "SLAP!" Best backhand since Pumpkinhead 2 - Blood Wings
2 different woman knocked out by guys
78 missed punches/kicks"
John D. Page | usa | 06/28/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"i watched this twice just to be sure,and i was right!!!,i still don't understand just what this movie was about except that a lot of stunt men got a paycheck and several actors sliped down the list to become grade z list actors. avoid this stinker like the pox!!!!!!"