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Writers:
Michael Carmody (story)
Brent V. Friedman (screenplay)
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Product of science - nightmare from hell
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A scientist engineers a group of genetically engineered cyborgs for use as "supersoldiers" to fight U.S. wars in the Middle East. However, things get ugly when the cyborgs malfunction and turn on their creators. | Add synopsis »
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Back Catalogue #1 - Synapse Films
 (From Fangoria. 29 April 2009, 1:43 PM, PDT)

DVD Review: Syngenor
 (From Twitch. 10 November 2008, 7:47 PM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order)
Starr Andreeff ... Susan Valentine
Mitchell Laurance ... Nick Cary
David Gale ... Carter Brown
Charles Lucia ... Stan Armbrewster
Riva Spier ... Paul Gorski

Jeff Doucette ... David Greenwait
Bill Gratton ... Lt. Leo Rosselli

Lewis Arquette ... Ethan Valentine

Jon Korkes ... Tim Calhoun
Melanie Shatner ... Bonnie Brown
Kenneth Zavayna ... Sam Krebs (as Ken Zavayna)

Roy Fegan ... Donnie
Julie Kris ... Candy

Kate Romero ... Brandy
Christopher Burgard ... Scott
Kathryn Noble ... Receptionist
Merritt Yohnka ... Guard
Tim Trella ... Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin M. Glover ... Syngenor
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Directed by
George Elanjian Jr. 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Carmody  story
Brent V. Friedman  screenplay

Produced by
William G. Dunn .... line producer
Marcel R. Elanjian .... executive producer
Jack F. Murphy .... producer
Eldon Nygaard .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Thomas Chase 
Steve Rucker 
 
Cinematography by
James Mathers 
 
Film Editing by
Ellen Keneshea 
 
Casting by
Michael Cutler 
Cathy Henderson 
 
Production Design by
R. Clifford Searcy 
 
Set Decoration by
Ian Cramer 
 
Costume Design by
Rhona Meyers 
 
Production Management
Patricia Mastorakos .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred H. Dresch .... first assistant director
John W. Hyde Jr. .... second second assistant director
Kelly Kiernan .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Mark A. Rozett .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Sollars .... production sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Theresa Burkett .... special effects
Yancy Calzada .... special effects
William Malone .... creature design
Margaret Prentice .... special effects (as Margaret Beserra)
Mark Williams .... special makeup effects
 
Visual Effects by
Larry Arpin .... optical effects
Austin McKinney .... special effects camera operator
Dennis Skotak .... visual effects consultant
Robert Skotak .... visual effects consultant
 
Stunts
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts
Gregg Smrz .... stunts
Merritt Yohnka .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bryan Godwin .... assistant camera
Anita Ingle .... still photographer
Geza Sinkovics .... camera operator: second unit
 
Animation Department
Michael Hyatt .... rotoscope artist (as Mike Hyatt)
 
Editorial Department
Amy Tompkins .... first assistant editor
Norman R. Walker .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Stephen C. Marston .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Laurel Fest .... script supervisor
Lucienne Lane .... production coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Syngenor: Synthesized Genetic Organism" - USA (DVD box title)
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Runtime:
98 min
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Trivia:
Brent V. Friedman came up with the title of the Dark Skies project from a science fiction series he had worked on that wasn't made.See more »
Quotes:
Susan Valentine:The pod! He wanted me to destroy the pod!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Re-Animator (1985)See more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
I want to suck your… spinal fluid., 28 November 2009
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Not completely a direct sequel to William Malone's 1981 "Scared to Death", but "Syngenor" sees the return of Malone's alien creation (this time there's even more and a new creation to boot as well). As a low-budget, late-night b-grade offering, "Syngenor" is actually very well pulled off. I was expecting it to look much cheaper. It remains trashy fun throughout, namely due to the spontaneously intense and ham-fisted performance of David Gale. You could never tire watching this guy perform! It might be his show, but the rest the performances do shape up rather nicely. A delightful Starr Andreeff and snappy Mitchell Laurance agreeably work off each other. Riva Spier is enticingly manipulative. Also showing up is Melanie Shatner (William's Daughter) and character actor Lewis Arquette.

Carter Brown is the CEO of Norton Cyberdyne, a corporation that deals with military defence technology. His latest creation under the project name "Dark Skies" is that of some genetically made super-soldiers known as Syngenor --- Synthesized Genetic Organism. However problems start occurring when one of them is released from its basement enclosure to leave a bloody aftermath, which involves the death of their original creator Dr. Valentine. Growing increasingly paranoid that somebody (within) is trying to knock him from his perch; Brown's sanity soon begins to spin out of control. Also he has to deal with a pesky news reporter and Valentine's daughter.

Pulpy hokum, which has many dumb and unintentionally humorous qualities… but in the end that's what makes it. Really it could have been more enjoyable than it was. The plot is nothing new (by starting off rather mild-mannered and then transcending into demented craziness) and the script is sub-standard, but bestowed a conceptual base of satirical barbs and tongue-in-cheek sparks. The tightly knitted execution at times was a bit shoddy (with some cheaply staged action --- like the onslaught in the basement involving an oddly dressed security squad), but the pacing keeps on the move and the optical / special effects (done by Robert and Dennis Skotak) and make-up stand up better than you would think. The Syngenor designs (a man in a suit with an amatronic head) look quite decent, as they're crafted with specific details. Although when they go after their prey, it can be rather laughable with their slow movements as they dawdle around waving their arms. Super-soldiers? Locked away in the basement? The feature was mainly filmed in the Ambassador Hotel, in Los Angeles which has an infamous history. Some moments have an atmospheric edge, while other sequences are truly devoid of it. Composers Steve Rucker and Thomas Chase provide a typically unhinged music score.

Slightly enjoyably low-end creature-feature oddity that's brought to life thanks to David Gale.

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