28 user 35 critic

Metamorphosis (1990)

An anti-aging serum is being developed by a scientist. When he loses his funding he uses it on himself with dire results.


George Eastman (as G. L. Eastman)


George Eastman (as G. L. Eastman)




Complete credited cast:
Gene LeBrock ... Dr. Peter Houseman (as Gene Le Brock)
Catherine Baranov ... Sally Donnelly
Harry Cason ... Dr. Mike Lester
David Wicker David Wicker ... Willy Carson
Jason Arnold Jason Arnold ... Tommy
Stephen Brown Stephen Brown ... Professor Lloyd
Tom Story Tom Story ... Professor Huston
Anna Colona ... Patricia Kelly
Wally Doyle Wally Doyle ... Inspector
Laura Gemser ... Prostitute
Serina Steinberg Serina Steinberg ... Patricia's friend
Wayne Potrafka Wayne Potrafka ... Old professor
Tim Wright Tim Wright ... Hopkins
Allison Stokes Allison Stokes ... Alice
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Wade Morton Gary Wade Morton ... Doctor Owen


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Witness the Change!


Horror | Sci-Fi


R | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The dolly shots in the hospital scenes were achieved using a wheelchair. See more »


When Tommy first walks into the laboratory, the shadow of the camera dolly is visible on the right hand side of the frame. See more »


Hopkins: What was it?
Old professor: A nightmare... from the past!
See more »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese VHS has the uncut 96 minute version of the film. See more »


Referenced in Video Buck: Carátulas engañosas vol. 5 (2019) See more »

User Reviews

9 August 2014 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Another horror film from that age where the sun was setting on the Italian exploitation film industry, only this one is directed by George Eastman, which I'm sure no one's mentioned on here yet.

This one involves a guy called Houseman who's a basketball playing, hip genetics professor who kind of looks a bit like Clark Kent. Some lady looking into funding of research forces all projects to show what they are doing which leads to Houseman having to hurry things up and inject himself with some serum that may stop people ageing. He's not angry at that chick by the way, and they end up in the sack fairly early on in the film. Also, this chick has a kid and he looks terrified of all the actors, just like that kid who acted alongside The Hoff in Witchcraft.

The prof hasn't watched Cronenberg's The Fly remake, however (although I'm sure Eastman has), so it comes as a surprise to him when he's feeling great but having blackouts which involved beating the crap out of Laura Gesmer, and then eventually getting worse and worse until it seems like Luigi...I mean George...has replaced half of this film with the last half of Phantom of Death. So he either goes all green eyed or ends up like an ancient old man. And you know that chick has the serum that could cure him...

I'll be frank here: It's fifty eight minutes into the film before we get our first kill. Nearly an hour! Before then, you've a lot of genetic talk, romance, an old enemy trying to one up our Prof, loads of ancient computers and such like. Luckily the acting is pretty bad and it's all neon and eighties like.

Thinks finally pick up a bit when Houseman gets even more mutated and starts wasting the cast (about time too), there's a smattering of gore here, but not enough. I'm giving a six because the cheese factor is very high, and the two 'twists' at the ending are hilarious and kind of worth all the wait, but this is kind of a poor film from an era of poor films.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 28 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »






Release Date:

7 August 1990 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Metamorphosis See more »

Filming Locations:

Norfolk, Virginia, USA


Box Office


ITL600,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmirage See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed