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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Embryo (1976)



As the weather turned cold last night, I decided to turn back the clock and watch something from my childhood. No, it isn’t Disney or any type of cartoon (so, my childhood was not normal), it was the 1976 Sci-Fi/Horror flick Embryo.


Plot/ A scientist doing experiments on a human fetus discovers a method to accelerate the fetus into a mature adult in just a few days. However, the "adult" fetus turns into a homicidal psycho and looks for a new formula to prevent her from aging further.


When I saw this one was the part of that movie set, I was interested to see how it stood the test of time. Unfortunately, it did not fair very well, as the technology in the movie was completely outdated. That being said, the idea involved with the storyline (yes, a bit Frankensteinish) being interesting. The cast and performances were solid, the scripting and pacing were on spot, and the effects were better than expected. Yes, the technology (especially the computer) seemed ancient and the ending seemed a bit off, but those flaws were commonplace during the 1970s in smaller budgeted horror. In the end, this one was an entertaining and intriguing movie to look back on. While it is far from perfect and rather tame, it is still worth watching on a cold winters night.


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