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Doomwatch (1972)

PG  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  January 1976 (USA)
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The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become deformed and violent.

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Dr. Shaw
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Victoria Brown
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Dr. Quist
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Dr. Ridge
Jean Trend ...
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Bradley
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The Admiral
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Hartwell
Shelagh Fraser ...
Mrs. Straker
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Sir Henry Leyton
Joseph O'Conor ...
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Brewer
Constance Chapman ...
Miss Johnson
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Tom Straker
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Bob Gillette
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The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become deformed and violent.

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An ecological nightmare gone berserk! See more »


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Simon Oates was working elsewhere when the film was mooted, and originally turned it down. Tigon came back to him with a larger pay offer, and he agreed to feature. He was later dismissive of the film, feeling he had accepted more out of financial consideration than artistic merit. See more »

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Hugely disappointing
26 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I bought this on DVD and was expecting to sit back and watch a British classic.

But far from it. It was below average stuff and the story never really got passed some toxic material being dumped and people infected.

I also think Ian Bannen was miscast. It's hard to see him as a right thinking doctor, when he displays this rather weird persona, particularly when he raises his voice.

Who can forget him in Fright (1971)...

I think if a different actor had been cast, such as Ian Ogilvy, who I believe was making a lot of horror appearances during this time, then the film might have been slightly better.

Having that said, the story was weak, and there were limited action and scares - if none at all.

Only a 4/10 from me.


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