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Underworld (1985)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  18 April 1986 (USA)
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When high class hooker Nicole is kidnapped from her brothel, Rich businessman Hugo Motherskille hires her ex love Roy Bain to find her. Investigating the disappearance, he eventually finds ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Savary
Hugo Motherskille
Roy Bain
Nicola Cowper ...
Irina Brook ...
Brian Croucher ...
Trevor Thomas ...
Clive Panto ...
Candy Davis ...
Karen Gould ...
Jeanette Landry ...
Mark West ...


When high class hooker Nicole is kidnapped from her brothel, Rich businessman Hugo Motherskille hires her ex love Roy Bain to find her. Investigating the disappearance, he eventually finds traces that lead to Dr. Savary, who has produced a strange white powder that's coveted by a race of deformed human beings who live in the underworld in the sewers below the city. Written by Anonymous

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A horrible experiment. A criminal empire. One thing in common...


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Referenced in Clive Barker: The Art of Horror (1992) See more »

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Fails in every aspect
16 April 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Clive Barker has stated this film was one of the reasons he directed Hellraiser himself, so I first watched this movie knowing that it was going to be terrible. I also hoped it would be the watchable kind of bad, no luck there. First off, this isn't even really a horror movie. The possibility is there but mostly it's mutants in bad make-up, so it's more sci-fi. The costuming and direction looks like a bad new wave music video with less budget than a three minute video would have. The use of red and blue lighting puts me in mind of Dario Argento, and as such blasphemes his name. The acting and script were also terrible, causing the movie to drag on until it feels like you've been sentenced to hell for renting/buying this film. The only reason I kept watching is because I'm a Barker fan through thick and thin. The only mildly redeeming quality I a brief bit at the end, which seemed tacked on anyway. It was hardly connected to the story and focused on a subplot of sorts that had no development. I would guess it was only mentioned to permit a horrific ending, but it ended up the wrong kind of horrific.

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