MorphMan (2005)
"Larva" (original title)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  22 January 2005 (USA)
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In Host, Missouri, the newcomer Dr. of Veterinary Science Eli Rudkus is called by the farmer Jacob Long to exam one of his cows. The veterinarian finds a strange parasite in the animal and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Eli Rudkus
Hayley Anderson
Fletcher Odermatt
Sheriff Lester
James Daris
Zachary Stevens
Jessica Summers
Holly McWilliams
Sean Kissner ...
Milo Turner (as Sean Kisner)
David E. Ornston ...
(as David Ornston)
Erron Jay ...
Deputy (as Erron Shaw)


In Host, Missouri, the newcomer Dr. of Veterinary Science Eli Rudkus is called by the farmer Jacob Long to exam one of his cows. The veterinarian finds a strange parasite in the animal and sends it to a friend in the Department of Agriculture for research. Later, he finds the same parasite in a creek and he summons the population for a meeting, warning that the cause might be the animal food. However, Fletcher Odermatt, the wealthy owner of the local Host Tender Meals that has been providing free animal food for the farmers, brings his lawyer Hayley Anderson and discredits Eli. When a huge mutant parasite attacks Eli and Jacob, they discover that the meals are actually an experimental genetic cocktail that is growing parasites inside the kettles and people. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They eat you from the inside out! See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for sci-fi violence and gore | See all certifications »

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22 January 2005 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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In the scene where the guy and the girl are making out, the girl removes her bra. When the parasite starts to hurt the guy, he tells her to drive to a hospital. When she climbs to the front seat, she's wearing the bra again. As she starts the car, her bra is again missing, but as she runs away from the car, the bra is back on. See more »


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High body count
7 October 2006 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

Another evil conspiracy is in the works. This time it's a rich guy who owns a beef distibuting company, in league with genetic engineers, trying to make his product sell more, or better, or something. In any event, they're messing with the beef, by treating it with some kind of parasite. Guess what? Something goes wrong, and the parasites go on a rampage.

It's actually creepy and scary enough to work, in spite of the recycled plot devices. The movie offers exploding stomachs (Alien), the conspirators covering up their actions at the expense of more lives (X Files), dumb sheriffs (lots of movies), and dumber townspeople (also lots of movies). There's also lots of bloody bodies, both humans and creatures. The acting is fairly decent, and the quasi-bat like design of the rapidly proliferating monsters is ugly enough for this sort of flick. The action is paced rather well, gory scenes balanced with scientific analysis exposition, even some "Don't look behind that door!" type stuff. Of course, they run the obligatory victim mauling scenes, including the usual couple-making-out-gets-killed routine.

All in all, a capably managed low budget horror movie, which manages a fair number of good old fashioned scares.

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