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The Freakmaker (1974)

The Mutations (original title)
A scientist experiments with crossing humans and plants, for which he uses his students.

Director:

Jack Cardiff

Writers:

Robert D. Weinbach (screenplay by), Edward Mann (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Pleasence ... Professor Nolter
Tom Baker ... Lynch
Brad Harris ... Brian Redford
Julie Ege ... Hedi
Michael Dunn ... Burns
Scott Antony ... Tony
Jill Haworth ... Lauren
Olga Anthony Olga Anthony ... Bridget
Lisa Collings Lisa Collings ... Prostitute
Joan Scott ... Landlady
Toby Lenon Toby Lenon ... Tramp (as Toby Lennon)
Richard Davies Richard Davies ... Doctor
John Wireford John Wireford ... Policeman (as John Wreford)
Eithne Dunne Eithne Dunne ... Nurse
Tony Mayne Tony Mayne ... Dwarf Tony
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Students have been going missing from the local college, and the one person who knows what's happened to them is Dr. Noller, a rogue biologist. Not satisfied with the pace of natural selection in driving evolution, Noller wants to push things further by creating his own genetically engineered creations. Having already created some amazing specimins by mixing the DNA of plants and animals, the doctor has now set his sights higher, and want to work on modifying humans, as well. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Taglines:

It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature...... it can be HORRIFYING! EVEN TO THEM!

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bob Melvin was initially considered to play Lynch. See more »

Connections

Featured in How to Make a Freak (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Worlds Within Worlds Parts III and IV
By Basil Kirchin
(special musical effects)
Regal Zonophone LP
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Bizarre, original and freaky
10 July 2000 | by zombie-41See all my reviews

I stumbled across this video at a pawnshop called "Cash Converters" at my town center. Once I blew off the dust I decided to buy it on a whim. I had never heard of it but its £2 price tag led me to believe I had nothing to loose. It now sits proudly in my horror collection. This film is in a word, freaky. It makes use of real life sideshow freaks to tell a disturbing story about a mad scientist and his ungodly experiments to create a plant man. The various mistakes that occur are put to use at the friendly local fair. The only problem this film has is the rather pathetic effects used when real freaks are unavailable. However, Donald's performance is as ever wonderful and the film maintains a creepy atmosphere. There is also some great titty shots of voluptuous young seventies women. Well recommended for horror fans (if you can track down a copy like I did).


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

25 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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