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The Clonus Horror (1979)

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

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Jeff Knight
Rick DiAngelo ...
Guide #1
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Guide #2 (as Gene Glazer)
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Dana
Paulette Breen ...
Tim Donnelly ...
Richard Knight Jr. (as Timothy Donnelly)
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Keith Langsdale ...
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Zale Kessler ...
Larry Manning ...
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William Bufkin ...
Clone
Tony Haig ...
Jack
Boyd Holister ...
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Eddie Carroll ...
Doctor (as Eddy Carroll)
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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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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August 1979 (USA)  »

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Clonus  »

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$257,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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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 »

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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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