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Embryo

1976

1970s retelling of the Frankenstein story with Rock Hudson as the scientist and Barbara Carrera as the 'creature' he grows from Embryo to Woman in four and a half weeks. Also stars Roddy McDowall, Diane Ladd and Dr Joyce Brothers. This movie was reissued in the 1980s a "Created to Kill". Public domain due to the omission of a required copyright notice. Sourced from a 30 year old Betamax tape.

Embryo is a 1976 science fiction horror film directed by Ralph Nelson starring Rock Hudson, Barbara Carrera, and Diane Ladd with a cameo appearance by Roddy McDowall.[1] It deals with the mental and physical consequences of growing a human embryo in an artificial uterus. As of 2017, the film is in public domain.


Embryo is a 1976 science fiction / horror film which Ralph Nelson directed, and which starred Rock Hudson alongside Barbara Carrera.<></>

Plot

Dr. Paul Holliston (Hudson) is a geneticist who has been living alone in his rambling clinic, which he operates out of his home, after the death of his wife in a car crash in which he was the driver. This leads to his feeling constant pangs of guilt from his sister-in-law Martha Douglas (Diane Ladd), who has become his assistant.
What finally motivates Holliston to resume his medical work is another automobile accident where he is the driver; his car accidentally strikes and kills a dog one dark and stormy night. In the process of attempting, vainly, to save the dog's life, he does manage to save one of her unborn puppies, utilizing a new serum which speeds up the growth and intelligence of the animal. But the dog develops a savage side to its personality.
When Holliston manages to see what his discovery can offer the world, he applies the same technique to an unborn human. This unborn human to whom he applies the technique develops into a beautiful young woman (Carrera) who emerges, fully grown, from the incubator in two weeks. Holliston names her "Victoria" because he considers her a victory.
Victoria Spencer, as Holliston introduces her, is highly intelligent, and she becomes Holliston's protégé--the lessons culminating one night in sex.
Unfortunately for Victoria, she displays a dark side. When the serum begins to have an adverse effect on her, she commences to age rapidly, and discovers that, owing to a flaw in Holliston's research that he had mistakenly believed he had corrected, she requires serum from unborn fetuses to stay alive.
The film ends with the dying Victoria announcing that she is going to have a baby, causing Holliston to scream "Noooooooo" in horror before he apparently has a "nervous breakdown."

=Most recent known copyright information=

To the extent of knowledge available as of the middle of May of 2014, Embryo was in the public domain, as Cine Artists Pictures, owners of its copyright, had, to the extent of available knowledge, gone out of business before being able to renew it.

Cast

Information drawn from the cast list provided in the film's entry] at the
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  • Category:1970s science fiction films
    Category:1976 horror films
    Category:1976 films
    Category:Films directed by Ralph Nelson
    Category:1970s science fiction horror films


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