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The Clonus Horror (1979)

Politicians scheme to clone themselves, assuring immortal life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Knight
Rick DiAngelo ...
Guide #1
Guide #2 (as Gene Glazer)
Paulette Breen ...
Tim Donnelly ...
Richard (as Timothy Donnelly)
George / George Walker
Keith Langsdale ...
Guide #3
Zale Kessler ...
Larry Manning ...
Guide #4
William Bufkin ...
Tony Haig ...
Boyd Holister ...
Eddie Carroll ...
Doctor (as Eddy Carroll)


A young man escapes from a government-run project called 'Clonus' only to find out that Jeff Knight (Peter Graves), a presidential candidate, is conspiring to keep Clonus a secret. Top government officials are aware of it and support the super-secret project, because they are cloning themselves to live longer and better lives at the expense of their slave-like clone counterparts. Ethical and moral values are explored as the escapee known as Richard (Tim Donnelly) returns to Clonus, only to find his girlfriend lobotomized for government security purposes. Written by Mary Lou Tringali / G3K

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The only thing they don't use... is the scream. See more »


Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clonus  »

Box Office


$257,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Director Robert S. Fiveson brought a copyright infringement suit against the makers of The Island (2005), citing almost 100 points of similarity between the two films. The court ruled that Fiveson made a prima facie case for infringement. Before the case could go to trial, Dreamworks settled with the plaintiffs for an undisclosed amount. See more »


When Richard asks the confessional what 'Milwaukee' means, it eventually tells him it's a rare mineral found in the river. Later, he tells Lena the confessional said it was a plant found in the ocean. See more »


Jeff Knight: I think it's time I start paying back this country for some of the good things it's given me.
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Actually, a fairly good movie.
11 August 2000 | by (Lowell MA) – See all my reviews

"parts: the clonus horror" (the title uses only lower-case letters) stars Tim Donnelly as The Guy Who Played "Chet" in "Emergency", Dick Sargent as The Second Guy Who Played Darrin in "Bewitched", Paulette Breen as The Girl Who Kept Her Nose to the Grindstone, Kenan Wynn as The Grouchy Guy with the Really Really Big Scratchy Voice, and, of course, Peter "Biography" Graves.

With a cast like that, how can you fail?

Actually, although MST3K made this movie the butt of one of their funniest episodes (and make no mistake, their riffing on this movie was hilarious), I really can't say this film is that bad. The plot was interesting, with a fair number of twists and turns, and premise was fairly novel, and the acting was pretty good. (Could anyone look more completely bummed out than Emergency's Chet did throughout this movie?) The clones' vapid stupidity is consistent with the plotline, and Peter Graves projects just the right kind of blandness that you just know covers up a whole lot of evil underneath.

One thing bothers me, though; who was that really creepy looking guy with the eyepatch who appeared toward the end of the movie?

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