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Metamorphosis (I) (1990)

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Dr. Peter Houseman is a brilliant geneticist who is working on a serum which will stop human aging, but his colleagues don't believe in his work. When his university funding is threatened ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Gene Lebrock ...
Dr. Peter Houseman (as Gene Le Brock)
Catherine Baranov ...
Sally Donnelly
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Dr. Mike Lester
David Wicker ...
Willy Carson
Jason Arnold ...
Tommy
Stephen Brown ...
Professor Lloyd
Tom Story ...
Professor Huston
Anna Colona ...
Patricia Kelly
Wally Doyle ...
Inspector
Laura Gemser ...
Prostitute
Serina Steinberg ...
Patricia's friend
Wayne Potrafka ...
Old professor
Tim Wright ...
Hopkins
Allison Stokes ...
Alice
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Gary Wade Morton ...
Doctor Owen
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Dr. Peter Houseman is a brilliant geneticist who is working on a serum which will stop human aging, but his colleagues don't believe in his work. When his university funding is threatened by his skeptical benefactors, the doctor takes a desperate measure to justify his work. He administers the serum to himself, but the results are unexpected and horrendous. Written by Patrick D. Rockwell <prockwell@thegrid.net>

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Witness the Change!

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7 August 1990 (Italy)  »

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DNA formula letale  »

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ITL 600,000,000 (estimated)
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Actress Catherine Baranov was a waitress at the hotel the cast/crew were staying in. See more »

Goofs

When Sally turns the light on to reveal Alice with her eye torn out, the camera and the camera operator's hands are reflected in the mirror. See more »

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Sally Donnelly: How was lunch?
Dr. Peter Houseman: You were the main dish and they served you up with every possible sauce.
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Who Knew We Evolved from Reptiles?
8 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Metamorphosis" is like David Cronenberg's "The Fly" if "The Fly" had been filmed in someone's rec room.

A young, hotshot scientist experiments with a serum (don't they always?) that, when injected into himself, makes his DNA begin to evolve backwards to man's most primitive state (or something like that). Now you might think that would mean he would end up as an amoeba or a speck of nothing, but boy would you be wrong. Apparently, we are descended from lizards, and I know this because the scientist in question first begins to simply decay, then makes a brief appearance as a dinosaur (I kid you not) and ends up as a little lizard in a jar.

This movie isn't even in the remotest realm of good, but it's actually not horribly terrible either, at least not until its last 20 minutes or so. Those turn into a seemingly endless chase scene involving a little boy and his mother trying to get away from the monstrous scientist. But you have to stay with it to see the climactic howler of a scene in which a man in a felt dinosaur costume tries to horrify us with what the scientist has become. It seriously looks like something that would be worn at a child's birthday party -- if it were purple, it would look like Barney.

Where did movies like this ever even play?

Grade: D+


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