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Embryo (1976)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 21 May 1976 (USA)
A scientist doing experiments on a human fetus discovers a method to accelerate the fetus into a mature adult in just a few days. However, the "adult" fetus turns into a homicidal psycho ... See full summary »


Ralph Nelson


Anita Doohan (screenplay), Jack W. Thomas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Dr. Paul Holliston
Barbara Carrera ... Victoria Spencer
Diane Ladd ... Martha Douglas
Roddy McDowall ... Frank Riley
Anne Schedeen ... Helen Holliston
John Elerick John Elerick ... Gordon Holliston
Vincent Baggetta Vincent Baggetta ... Collier
Jack Colvin ... Dr. Jim Winston
Joyce Brothers ... Dr. Joyce Brothers (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Dick Winslow ... John Forbes
Ken Washington Ken Washington ... Dr. Brink
Lina Raymond Lina Raymond ... Janet Novak
Sherri Zak Sherri Zak ... Nurse
Joyce Spitz ... Trainer
George Sawaya George Sawaya ... Policeman


A scientist doing experiments on a human fetus discovers a method to accelerate the fetus into a mature adult in just a few days. However, the "adult" fetus turns into a homicidal psycho and looks for a new formula to prevent her from aging further. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


From Embryo to woman in 4 and a half weeks.


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


Joyce Brothers: As herself at a party but portraying a biologist rather than her actual profession as a psychologist. See more »


Frank Riley: [Stunned during the chess match] Hold on! You've played this game before!
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Crazy Credits

A caption is shown stating that the science of the movie is within our grasp. See more »


Edited into Pale Moonlight Theater: Embryo (2014) See more »

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You would have thought by 1976 that doctors would have learned NOT to play God!
15 March 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Okay, I'll admit it--you need to suspend disbelief on this one--A LOT of disbelief! But, you have to do this all the time in movies so stretching this just a bit further might enable you to enjoy this film. I know that I went in with very low expectations after reading the IMDb reviews, but it turned out to be a decent little movie about yet another doctor who wanted to play God.

The film begins with a doctor (Rock Hudson) hitting a dog. He takes the pooch home and tries to save it, but he's unsuccessful. But here's the weird part--using some special serum he'd been working on, he injects the dog's surviving puppies to try to save it. That's because the puppy is WAY too young to survive. Speeding up its growth at an astronomical rate enabled the puppy to grow many weeks in a matter of hours and it survives.

A short time later, the doctor decides to play God with a human. Taking a recently dead pregnant woman, he's able to remove the small fetus and grow it in his lab at an even faster rate. The problem is that for some time he cannot stop its fast growth and the fetus ends up becoming a full-grown woman by the time he's arrested the fast growth. At first, things seem great as the woman is a sort of super-woman--with amazing learning skills and intelligence and the ability to be well-coiffed despite being raised in a lab. Plus, and here's the best part, it turns out to be an amazingly HOT young lady (Barbara Carrera). What's next? Well, I'd say more but don't want to spoil the plot. Suffice to say that the lady's moral reasoning abilities are at times VERY suspect...yet hot! Despite the prologue that makes it sound as if this technology is possible, it certainly is not! But, it did make for an interesting film with a few nice surprises (such as at the very end). A word of note--you WILL see a lot of Miss Carrera in this one, so perhaps it's best not shown to your small children or mother!

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Release Date:

21 May 1976 (USA) See more »

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Created to Kill See more »


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$1,400,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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