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Dr. Mordrid, what can I say?
Jeffrey Combs has done it again!
Anton Mordrid has been on Earth for 100 years waiting for Kabal, an evil sorcerer, to come so he can kill him. Mordrid and Kabal used to train together as kids, so Mordrid knows all Kabal's tricks.
The film as a little bit confusing at begin with, but soon you feel a part of the action. I won't give away the ending, so go and watch Doctor Mordrid!
I found the film to be very enjoyable because it doesn't have a lot of violence in, nor sexual scenes. The film focused on the plot and that's what I like! I find the best films are the ones where times seems to fly by. This is because you are so engrossed in the film. Doctor Mordrid is a fantasticly engrossing movie! I give it a 20 out of 10. Worth seeing!
I really enjoyed "Doctor Mordrid". This is a low-budget film, which
be off-putting to some, but I have no problem with it. I admire it even
more for that, considering it's WAY more entertaining than the drivel that
Hollywood churns out every year. Too bad this didn't get a theatrical
release; I don't know about anyone else, but I would have went to see it in
theatres. `Doctor Mordrid' is a very entertaining science fiction film
that just about anyone can enjoy, especially if they're into sci-fi like I
am. I don't see why this is a R-rated film; only one f-word is said, and
there are no gruesome death scenes, nor is there any blood at all. The
timeless rivalry between sorcerers Anton
and Kabal (Anton wanted the use his powers to save the human race, while
Kabal wanted to enslave them), gave the story a sense of enchantment, while
the mythical plotline added charm to the story itself. Basically, this a
film that's just plain fun to watch. There is one unintentionally funny
thing in this movie, though: seeing Jeffrey Combs keeping a straight face
while wearing that silly blue cape and suit. That makes me laugh every
I see it. But I digress... Anyway, the acting is great; the main
protagonists (Anton, and his lady friend, Samantha), are very likable;
is sympathetic, and hospitable, and Samantha is friendly. Plus, the
were wonderful. The floating island in the other dimension was very cool
setting; we're only given a glimpse of it twice, though; it would have
great to see more scenes take place here. The main setting was also very
neat; Anton's apartment is very roomy, and he has some cool devices,
especially the monitoring system he uses to keep track of the world's
occurrences. He even has a pet raven that he keeps in
his apartment named Edgar. Overall, this a great film; it was fun to
and the main actors put a lot of feeling into their roles. If you can find
anywhere that rents `Doctor Mordrid', you should rent it (or, in my case,
buy it. It was definitely money well-spent)!
My Rating: 8 stars out of ten.
Of all of Jeffery Comb's films this is one of my favorites. The film was originally written and directed by the Band brothers, Albert and Charles. Further, this film was originally part of the Marvel comic book series which featured Dr. Strange. This movie is called " Dr. Mordrid. " It tells the story of an ancient sorcerer and guardian of the Earth. (Jeffery Combs) His task is to protect the Human race from Kabal (Brian Thompson) another magician/sorcerer who's aim is to rule over the human populace and destroy the planet. In this segment, Kabal has escaped his imprisonment and has crossed over the 3rd dimension to destroy it's guardians and it's magical protector. However, while on Earth, Mordrid, in mortal disguise awaits the demon sorcerer as entrusted by the Ultimate being called The Monitor. The movie is an exciting journey into the realm of magic and sorcery with wonderful special effects. Samantha Hunt, Jay Acovone and Keith Coulouris along with Ritch Brinkley as Gunner, add to the excellent cast which in my opinion could have used a higher budget. Nevertheless, together they establish a wonderful basis for what will become for Combs, another superior Classic.****
Doctor Mordrid is one of those rare films that is completely under the radar, but is totally worthwhile. It really reminds me of the old serials from the 30s and 40s. Which is why I'd have loved to see follow-up movies... but judging by the rest of Full Moon's output there simply weren't enough tits to satisfy the typical audience. Unfortunately, thanks to a completely superfluous sacrifice scene there two too many for a family audience - which is unfortunate, because without em' this could have been a Harry Potter-style magicfest that kids would have eaten up. Both Jeffrey Combs and Yvette Nipar are great - I wasn't sure if Ms. Nipar hadn't wandered off an A-list picture onto this film, she was very believable. No, seriously! Anyway - it's a shame they didn't have the bucks to license Dr. Strange, because I think this could have been a total kiddie phenom.
Two sorcerers battle in the fourth dimension,one(Brian Thompson as a Kabal)trying to destroy the Earth,the other(Jeffrey Combs as a Anton Mordrid)trying to save it."Doctor Mordrid" is an enjoyable fantasy fare which offers plenty of cheese.The plot is pretty silly and the gore is completely absent,but the film is very short and entertaining.So if you have enough time to kill give this one a look.My rating:7 out of 10.
I loved this movie for two reasons: 1) Jeff Combs is absolutely
wonderful in it. Plays the role of the modern wizard to the hilt. (And
is absolutely adorable.) 2) The movie helped to inspire a role-playing
game I thoroughly enjoy, Mage: The Awakening. I've shown it at various
LARP after-parties, and it's always a big hit.
D&D love and Jeff-squeeing aside, it's not exactly a masterpiece, but it's well-done and thoroughly enjoyable. The plot is fast-moving and engaging in its simplicity, the special effects are pretty good for such a low budget, and the script, while nothing stellar, was not too badly done, and cheesy in all the right places. A good way to spend an evening.
New York City houses one man above all others, the possibly immortal
Dr. Anton Mordrid. Mordrid is the sworn protector of humanity, using
his magical powers to keep his brother and rival, Kabal, chained up so
that he may not enslave the human race. Well, wouldn't you know it? A
prophesy comes true and Kabal breaks free, and begins collecting
elements (including platinum and uranium) for his alchemy experiments.
With the help of a police woman named Sam, can Mordrid defeat his evil
brother? "Dr. Mordrid" comes to me courtesy of Charles Band in the Full
Moon Archive Collection. I had not heard of it, which is a bit odd
given that I'm a big fan of Jeffrey Combs (Mordrid) and the film isn't
that old. But now it's mine and I can enjoy it again and again. The
film certainly is fun in the classic Full Moon style. Richard Band
provides the music (which doesn't differ much from all his other
scores) and Brian Thompson plays the evil Kabal. We even have animated
dinosaur bones! What more do you want? Of course, the cheese factor is
high. I felt much of the film was a rip-off of the Dr. Strange comics.
And the blue pantsuit was silly. And plot holes are everywhere (I could
list at least five, but why bother). And why does the ancient symbol of
Mordrid and Kabal look suspiciously like a hammer and sickle? Combs has
never been a strong actor, so he fits right in with the cheese. These
aren't complaints. Full Moon fans have come to expect these things and
devour them like crack-laced Grape Nuts. I'm guilty... I loved this
If you're not a Full Moon fan, or a Jeffrey Combs fan... you may want to look elsewhere. But if you like the early 1990s style of movie-making and haircuts, you'll eat this up. Stallone and Schwarzenegger fans might like seeing Brian Thompson as a villain, looking as goony as ever and not being able to enunciate English beyond a third grade level. I did. I wish there was a "Mordrid II", but the company that makes a sequel to practically everything (is "Gingerdead Man 3" really necessary?) passed on this one.
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I wanted to like it, but something about the Full Moon fantasy / sci-fi production of "Doctor Mordrid" was nothing short than disappointing. It had a majestically cheesy set-up (battling alchemists from another dimension), capably fanatical special effects and fine performances but it was too lacklustre in what felt like nothing more than war of words (a constantly wordy, silly script which drains out the fun) with the adventurous light-show kept in the background. For a running time of just over 70 minutes you would think it wouldn't outstay its welcome, but not all much happens and it's rushed anticlimactic conclusion had me thinking "Is that it?" At least it had Jeffrey Combs in the lead (whose presence always remains compelling) and opposite of him the towering, square jaw Brian Thompson. I guess you can tell who was good and evil. Thompson makes a real first impression (but so does Combs in his blue pyjamas ah I mean sorcerer kit speaking to huge eyes in space). Loved Thompson's outfit, blond flowing locks and what was the deal with the echoing voice in the desert? Yeah a deep voice, but an echo must be an evil thing? Just like draining the blood out of a spunky naked women and while sitting on bench in the park creeping out elderly lady on a perfectly sunny day. Yeah Thompson was a busy alchemist in his quest to release demons from another dimension to destroy the world. Only Combs can stop him, as he has vowed to protect the earth. The dark against the light. So he investigates and there's a lot of it and comes to the conclusion that all of this chaos is because of his adversary. Although he thought the cops would be rational enough and help him stop this immortal evil wizard. But I don't think so. A lady (a decent Yvette Nipar) that lives in the same building who's not quite a cop, but still works for them falls for him ah I mean the story. No it's for real, as he uses his powers to prove it and in a vision we see where the timeless dual between the two began. His mystical amulet is important to his success. Where else could you freeze time for a short while to escape from those people who just don't want to hang around with or get in conversations with? In the end it wasn't used enough when it got stuck in it's dragged out verbal exchanges or confrontations. But the amulet is not only his source of power; there are magical see-through daggers that you stab in your chest to give an alchemist a charge up. So many choices. This leads to the final confrontation (hopefully now they eventually come to blows), which they knew would come. So time to dress up for the occasion. Get out the brightly lit optical work and bring some prehistoric bones back to life to do battle. The special effects are actually well pulled off; it just too bad it's uninterestingly executed by directors Albert and Charles Band. The creatively lavished art direction is let down by its limp handling, than by the cheap origins. The story bestows imagination with a beaming comic book influence (as it was originally penned as a Marvel comic feature), but the foundation just doesn't draw much excitement or interest. Watchable magic and sorcery hokum, but it simply lacks the energy.
This film surprised me a little. I watch a lot of horror/sci-fi films and this is a straight-to-video release that caught me off guard a little. I believe this is Full Moon's best movie thus far and one of Jeffrey Combs best performances. Good movie.
Although limited in its power due to budget constraints, "Doctor
Mordrid" is still a solid and appealing fantasy feature, conceived by
Charles Band. Band also co-directed with his father, veteran filmmaker
Albert Band. The movie is slight, but very hard to resist, with sparing
use of visual effects, a striking design, and a very brief and painless
running time (75 minutes).
Jeffrey Combs is enormously sincere and engaging as a likable sorcerer named Mordrid, who lives in human form in NYC, pretending to work as a landlord and lecturer. He makes the acquaintance of his neighbour, Samantha Hunt (super sexy Yvette Nipar), who herself is employed as a research consultant to the police department. Soon Mordrid must reveal the nature of his existence on Earth: to save the planet and its people from the machinations of his evil counterpart, Kabal (Brian Thompson).
The supporting cast is fine - Jay Acovone as Tony Gaudio, a grunting pig detective and associate of Samantha's, Keith Coulouris and Julie Michaels as a young couple eager to assist Kabal, and Ritch Brinkley as a sentinel named Gunner. Ms. Nipar does a likable and credible job as the young woman taken with her new acquaintance, and doesn't have too hard a time dealing with elements that are utterly fantastic. Thompson, a distinctive actor who's specialized in villain roles, is good fun as the evildoer. But "Doctor Mordrid" belongs to the excellent Combs, who plays a hero with lots of rooting interest. You have to love this guy, who keeps a pet raven named Edgar Allan and who keeps an eye on various news stories throughout the world.
The highlight is over too quickly, but worth the wait, as David Allen and his company bring to life dinosaur and mastodon skeletons inside a museum.
Overall, a pretty good production from Band and his people at Full Moon.
Seven out of 10.
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