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A stripper is horribly disfigured in a car accident. A brilliant scientist develops a treatment that restores her beauty and falls in love with her. To preserve her appearance the doctor must give her additional treatments using glands taken from murdered women. His unexplained ability to turn into a hideous monster helps with this problem but does nothing to win her love. The doctor's woes multiply as the police and the girl's boyfriend begin to close in on him. Written by
D.A. Kellough <email@example.com>
I got this for a buck as a double-feature DVD with the grossly-overrated "Carnival of Souls" and was floored by how much better it was. Whereas Souls has developed a cult following over virtually nothing (boring heroine, stilted situations, terrible makeup), Atom is chock-full of moody lighting, a campy heroine who looks like a drag-queen at some angles, and better makeup FX. There's also a Sophia Loren lookalike as the mad doctor's assistant, a hunky boyfriend, and the doctor himself who looks even better in the second stage of his transformation into a Mr Hyde character. There's something vaguely O. Henry about the plot, a kind of twist that might be better played in a remake, but despite the slow points I enjoyed this piece of trash.
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