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Human Experiments (1979)

A demented prison doctor performs gruesome shock therapy experiments on inmates.


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Linda Haynes ... Rachel Foster
Geoffrey Lewis ... Doctor Hans R. Kline
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Mercedes Shirley Mercedes Shirley ... Warden Weber
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Marie O'Henry Marie O'Henry ... Tanya
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Caroline Davies Caroline Davies ... Pam
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Jackie Coogan ... Sheriff Tibbs
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James O'Connell James O'Connell ... Father
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Release Date:

26 September 1980 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Women in Prison See more »

Filming Locations:

Newhall, California, USA


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$300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Mildly Entertaining But Rather Tame
1 September 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Human Experiments (1979)

** (out of 4)

Rachel Foster (Linda Haynes) is a musician who finds herself performing in a small rundown town. As she's trying to leave the next murder she stumbles across a crime scene where she's arrested for murder and sentenced to prison. Not only does she have to struggle with being innocent in a dirty prison but soon she realizes that the prison doctor (Geoffrey Lewis) is doing bizarre experiments on people.

If you go through the infamous "Video Nasties" list then you'll probably notice a handful of titles that are rather lame and you'll be asking yourself why they're on the list. I've yet to watch everything on the list but I must say the fact that HUMAN EXPERIMENTS is on there is somewhat of a joke. This is basically a women-in-prison drama that turns into a mild horror film at the end but both elements are done in a rather tame way so the fact that this film made this list is rather questionable.

The women-in-prison and mad scientist sub-genres weren't anything new in 1979 and sadly this film doesn't offer anything fresh to it. I will say that the film is a disappointment if you're expecting a bunch of sleaze, torture and gore but once you get past that you'll see that the film is mildly entertaining for what it is. In all honesty, this here is more drama than anything as for the majority of the running time we're watching the lead character adjust to her new life, trying to make friends and of course going through some familiar prison drama.

The horror elements basically start during the final portion of the film as we see them done to Rachel and we see the impact that they have on her. This sequence is decent for what it is but there's no question that it's rather tame considering some of the other films in this genre. I wouldn't say Haynes gave a wonderful performance here but it was at least good enough to hold your attention throughout the picture. It was funny seeing Lewis in a film like this and especially since he was making his way with Clint Eastwood during this era.

HUMAN EXPERIMENTS is well-made for the most part and it kept me entertained while I was watching it but at the same time the movie is mainly remembered for being on the Video Nasties list.

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