The Clonus Horror (1979)

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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 Knight Jr. (as Timothy Donnelly)
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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WARNING: The shock and horror of this film is unusually intense. It is not a film for the faint-hearted. See more »


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Release Date:

August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clonus  »

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$257,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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The title was originally to be "Clonus". The distributor wanted to change the title to "Parts" and then decided to combine the titles. See more »


When the old reporter introduces the clone to the professor and his son by the pool, the boom mic is clearly visible above him (open matte version). See more »

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

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Yep, The Island isn't that original.
16 January 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

This low budget thriller is a pretty decent B movie with a great original premise.

The government has been running a clone farm for many years and now one of the clones has escaped into the outside world.

A clever premise, some solid direction, and a good cast help to make this film a pretty compelling sci-fi thriller. The Clonus Horror is an effectively chilling film that examines the theme of what it is to be human and just how the advance of science can ultimately turn to a violation of human life. The direction of Robert Fiveson is well-done, as he creates some nicely nightmarish sequences to give this film a creepy edge, as though the subject matter of the movie alone isn't unsettling enough. There's also some gruesome scenes as well. Kudos also go to a stirring, operatic music score.

The cast delivers good on their performances and features some great veteran actors like Dick Sargent, Peter Graves, and Keenan Wynn.

While The Clonus Horror may not have the big budget of The Island, it's as equally thought-provoking and disturbing. Worth seeking out, especially for film buffs.

*** out of ****

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