5.0/10
1,162
35 user 30 critic

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 »

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Anita Doohan (screenplay), Jack W. Thomas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A shipwrecked survivor discovers a remote island owned by a crazed scientist who is carrying out sinister experiments on the island's inhabitants.

Director: Don Taylor
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport
Cold Sweat (1970)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

With his wife and daughter being held hostage, a seasoned ex-military man is involved in a shady smuggling operation to save his family.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Charles Bronson, James Mason, Liv Ullmann
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1961 suburban New Jersey, a withdrawn adolescent girl is suspected of her younger sister's brutal murder during her First Communion, and a series of subsequent stabbings.

Director: Alfred Sole
Stars: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula E. Sheppard
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Benjie is a troubled teen in Los Angeles, living with his grandmother, mother, and her new boyfriend. Traumatized by his father's desertion and the situation at home, Benjie gets introduced... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Larry B. Scott
The Psychic (1977)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A clairvoyant woman discovers a skeleton in a wall in her husband's house, and seeks to find the truth about what happened to the victim.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Gabriele Ferzetti, Marc Porel
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A ruthless doctor and his young prize student find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

As the plague sweeps the countryside, a quarantined village is visited by a mysterious traveling circus. Soon, young children begin to disappear, and the locals suspect the circus troupe might be hiding a horrifying secret.

Director: Robert Young
Stars: Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Anthony Higgins
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A down on his luck cubicle worker and his slacker best friend discover their new boss is a vampire who is turning their coworkers into the un-dead.

Director: Brian James O'Connell
Stars: Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joey Kern
Drama | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives. When the sadistic crook realizes he's been fooled, he tracks down the teller and engages him in a cat-and-mouse chase for the cash.

Director: Daryl Duke
Stars: Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York
Asylum I (1972)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Barbara Parkins, Richard Todd, Sylvia Syms
How Awful About Allan (TV Movie 1970)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After an eight-month stay in a mental hospital, a tormented man comes home to live with his sister; but a mysterious boarder may be trying to kill him.

Director: Curtis Harrington
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Julie Harris, Joan Hackett
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

Vacationing teens are systematically kidnapped and taken to a strange, rural hospital, run by a mysterious group that needs their blood.

Director: Mardi Rustam
Stars: Neville Brand, Aldo Ray, Tina Louise
Edit

Cast

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 ... Herself (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
Edit

Storyline

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

Taglines:

From Embryo to woman in 4 and a half weeks.

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Created to Kill See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First of four films in about a five year period in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror genre for actress Barbara Carrera. The movies include Embryo (1976), Condorman (1981), When Time Ran Out... (1980) and The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977). See more »

Quotes

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

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Exploitation sci-fi with Frankenstein asides
4 December 2002 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

Rock Hudson plays a widowed scientist who runs down a pregnant dog whilst driving in a storm. He manages to save the unborn dog by messing with its genes, and decides that if he can do it with dogs, he can do it with humans. He steals a foetus from the local hospital, and uses it to create a female child. Amazingly, the child grows an incredible rate, and is a near-genius, very beautiful woman within a couple of months. Then, Franken-daddy makes his big mistake... he falls in love with his own creation, and gets her pregnant!

The modern elements of The Bride of Frankenstein sit nicely in this disturbing update. Hudson is OK as the scientist, and Carrera as the female he builds is pretty believable. Roddy McDowall has a funny guest appearance as a chess whiz who gets thrashed at his favourite game by the super-intelligent Carrera.

What I dislike about this movie is that as it goes on, it starts to go for cheap shocks and unpersuasive horror touches, rather than maintaining the accent on the science fiction side of the story. It veers off track and ends up like any old exploitation horror flick of the 60s and 70s. If they could have just stuck by the science fiction, then this would have been a top class film. As it is, it's no better than average. Pity, really!


17 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 35 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed