23 July 2014

Embryo (1976)
104 min.
Directed by Ralph Nelson.
With Rock Hudson, Barbara Carrera, Diane Ladd, Roddy McDowall, Anne Schedeen, John Elrich, Jack Colvin, Joyce Brothers.
This moderate terror is buoyed by some decent moments.

Dr. Paul Holliston (Hudson) is a scientist conducting experimental research in embryonic studies. He achieves a major breakthrough when he successfully sustains a canine fetus outside the womb, bringing life to full fruition independent of its mother.

When Holliston attempts to duplicate his results with a human fetus, he creates the lovely Carrera and all seems well.

But soon, she begins quickly deteriorating, and to avoid a rapid aging process, Carrera finds she needs regular injections of embryonic pituitary extract...not something readily available at your local Five and Dime.

Just how will Holliston keep his new creation alive, do you think?

Not as bad as you may think, with a surprisingly well done turn by perennial heartthrob Hudson in a horror role. Carrera delivers a poignant performance as the doomed Victoria. Great, typical '70s shock ending.

Also known as Created to Kill.

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