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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andreas Symes
Hank Symes
Clarissa Symes
Coach Marlowe
Deborah Marlowe
Eric Thornton (as Chris Heyerdahl)
Daryl (as Kris Holdenried)
Daniel Pilon ...
Lynne Adams ...
Tara Fisher
Susan Almgren ...
Ellen Bark (as Suzie Almgren)
Amanda Blitz ...
Soldier #2
Daniel Gautier ...
Soldier #3 (as Daniel Gauthier)
Myra Johnson


In a future world where Earth's ozone layer has been completely destroyed, a brilliant but obsessed scientist, Hank Symes uses illegally obtained biological materials for an experiment that he hopes will save the world. In the course of his work, a terrible accident occurs, transforming him into a fantastic otherworldly lifeform and changing his house into a huge living entity which threatens all who enter. Written by Patrick D. Rockwell <>

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Rated R for sexuality, language and some violence/gore | See all certifications »





Release Date:

19 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eisvoli sti Kolasi  »

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(Cinémathèque Québécoise print) |

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1.78 : 1
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Shot back-to-back with Hysteria. See more »


Hank Symes: I swim with the plants and frolic with the sperm.
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Written by Martin Blasick
Produced by Martin Blasick
Performed by Velvet
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Interesting, offbeat sci-fi
14 May 2003 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

It's sometime in the near future when the ozone layer has been completely deleted, most animal species and nearly all vegetation have been destroyed and people can't go out in the sunlight without covering due to the UV rays. A small family move into a new town where the mad scientist father, working on "accelerated evolution," has an accident with the chemicals and ends up dissolving into a swarm of "elements" and turning their home into a virtual rain forest.

The teen son (Balthazar Getty) is immune to the radiation thanks to his parent's experiments and has some problems at school with bullies after falling for an independent-minded blonde cutie (Laura Harris, who's great). Eventually the house, itself a living being, fights back when misunderstanding townspeople invade. Alice Krige is perfect as a sexy, offbeat mother with wild flowing hair and long gowns and Kenneth Welsh scores as an obnoxious high school boxing coach.

Long lost director Rene Daalder, pretty much absent from the directors chair since his 1976 cult hit MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH, has crafted a very entertaining sci-fi film with a literate, funny, offbeat and intelligent script with a good, non-preachy environmental protection messages and some neat FX work.

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