3.4/10
1,928
56 user 31 critic

The Clonus Horror (1979)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | August 1979 (USA)
Politicians scheme to clone themselves, assuring immortal life.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb at Comic-Con 2016

Visit our Comic-Con section to see what's trending, watch celebrity interviews, follow event coverage, browse cosplay photos, take our Fan IQ quizzes, and more.

Browse IMDb's Guide to Comic-Con

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A hypnotherapist uses a temperamental teenager as guinea pig for a serum which transforms him into a vicious werewolf.

Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
Stars: Michael Landon, Yvonne Lime, Whit Bissell
The Master (TV Series 1984)
Adventure | Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

An aging American ninja master and his headstrong young apprentice search for the elder man's daughter.

Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Timothy Van Patten, Shô Kosugi
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.2/10 X  

After being bitten by a bat in a cave, a doctor undergoes an accelerating transformation into a man-bat, which ruins his vacation and causes considerable distress for his wife.

Director: Jerry Jameson
Stars: Stewart Moss, Marianne McAndrew, Michael Pataki
Hobgoblins (1988)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  

A young security guard must track down diminutive aliens who kill people even as they make their fantasies come true.

Director: Rick Sloane
Stars: Tom Bartlett, Paige Sullivan, Steven Boggs
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

Trouble strikes when an exhausted pop singer, sent on a vacation to a farm, realizes that the farm's owner grows deadly bees.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Suzanna Leigh, Frank Finlay, Guy Doleman
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  

A flunky for a porno movie ring starts murdering the smut films' lead actresses.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Kenne Duncan, Duke Moore, Jean Fontaine
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.9/10 X  

Six sexy women, and a teenage girl, devastate a right-wing militia before doing battle with ruthless drug pushers.

Director: Greydon Clark
Stars: Sylvia Anderson, Lieu Chinh, Jacqueline Cole
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Director: Fred Dekker
Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Hans arrives in a town near Amsterdam to write a story on the reclusive sculptor, Professor Val, who lives on an island in the old mill house the locals call the Mill of the Stone Women. ... See full summary »

Director: Giorgio Ferroni
Stars: Pierre Brice, Scilla Gabel, Wolfgang Preiss
Time Chasers (1994)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  

An inventor comes up with a time machine, but must prevent its abuse at the hands of an evil C.E.O.

Director: David Giancola
Stars: Matthew Bruch, Bonnie Pritchard, Peter Harrington
The Blob (1988)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

Director: Chuck Russell
Stars: Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch Jr.
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Quiet, unobtrusive LA citizen Carl Martin picks up look-alikes for his estranged blonde wife and murders them with garden shears.

Director: Arnold Laven
Stars: Adam Williams, Meg Randall, Edward Binns
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Where science and nightmare merge. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clonus  »

Box Office

Budget:

$257,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In an interview filmed for the DVD release of the Mystery Science Theater version of the film director Robert S. Fiveson mentioned that the settlement for the lawsuit with the makers of The Island (2005) involved the official sale of remake rights, and even mentioning that fact was technically against the confidentiality agreement made as part of the settlement. Fiveson also mentions that fans of the MST3K episode provided a lot of support and encouragement as the copyright infringement case progressed. See more »

Goofs

When Lena falls off her bike early in the film, a crew member's hand appears on the left, making sure she doesn't fall any further. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Knight: I think it's time I start paying back this country for some of the good things it's given me.
See more »

Crazy Credits

In the Special Thanks To section, Adidas is incorrectly spelled "Addidas". See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
If you're going to see "The Island" (2005) see this first.
5 August 2005 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

I saw this ages and ages ago, but found the concept very interesting. Yes, it is a low budget, and no, there are no big name stars, unless you count Peter Graves, Keenan Wynn, and Dick Sargent. I was reminded of this movie later when the former governor from Pennsylvania was able to secure a heart and liver donor very quickly. Conspiracy? Maybe.

Anyway, the action is rather slow, but the tension was there and concept had merit back then as well as now.

The hero, a young man living on an island, is being readied for his chance to go to America. As far as he knows, everyone lives like this. They are trained in keeping healthy, exercised all day, educated up to a certain point, etc. Then, one day, he finds an empty beer can in a stream. It has a word written on it that he does not recognize. "Milwaukee". He asks what it means and is told that it is just a nonsense word and told to forget about it. This is when he starts to get into trouble.

He starts noticing that things he is told by the supervisors and trainers don't add up and realizes that no one, not one of his friends or anyone else, has ever heard from anyone who was "lucky" enough to be transferred to America. They've always been told it is a wonderful place, everyone wants to go there. They suppose no one ever comes back to visit, or writes, because they're having too good a time in America.

He, of course, learns the awful truth, that he, and all of his companions on the island, are merely clones of wealthy and powerful people who run the world governments. They are being maintained on the island until the day they are needed to provide body parts to their originals.

Lots of running around and chasing ensues. And eventually the young man meets with his pre-ordained unhappy fate. ;-( sniff. So sad. And so insidiously scary. I believe this movie has now been remade into "The Island" with Ewan McGregor. I have not seen that one yet to compare. If you have, you might want to rent this one just to check it out.


16 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Plagiarism ladydautevielle
Clonus vs. Island case thor-teague
Mr. Fiveson, Clonus Fans, GET OVER IT! a3matman
Good luck, Mr. Fiveson! bemanning-1
The Clonus Project slbp_99
Rated R?? go-28
Discuss The Clonus Horror (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?