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Underworld (1985)

When high class hooker Nicole is kidnapped from her brothel, Rich businessman Hugo Motherskille hires her ex love Roy Bain to find her. Investigating the disappearance, he eventually finds ... See full summary »


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Clive Barker (screenplay), James Caplin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denholm Elliott ... Dr. Savary
Steven Berkoff ... Hugo Motherskille
Larry Lamb ... Roy Bain
Nicola Cowper ... Nicole
Irina Brook ... Bianca
Art Malik ... Fluke
Brian Croucher Brian Croucher ... Darling
Ingrid Pitt ... Pepperdine
Trevor Thomas Trevor Thomas ... Ricardo
Clive Panto Clive Panto ... Abbott
Sean Chapman ... Buchanan
Candy Davis Candy Davis ... Barmaid
Karen Gould Karen Gould ... Dancer
Jeanette Landry Jeanette Landry ... Dancer
Mark West Mark West ... Dancer


When high class hooker Nicole is kidnapped from her brothel, Rich businessman Hugo Motherskille hires her ex love Roy Bain to find her. Investigating the disappearance, he eventually finds traces that lead to Dr. Savary, who has produced a strange white powder that's coveted by a race of deformed human beings who live in the underworld in the sewers below the city. Written by Anonymous

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18 April 1986 (USA) See more »

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Plain Awful
14 February 2007 | by Witchfinder-General-666See all my reviews

I recently bought George Pavlou's "Underworld" aka. "Transmutations" of 1985 (which was sold as "Clive Barker's Underworld) for 4 Euros, and I my expectations were not very high. It is hard to believe that the man who created such an essential and influential cult Horror flick as "Hellraiser" is obviously also (partly) responsible for such a piece of crap. I bet Barker's story must have differed a lot from the end-product of this lousy flick. I'm personally a big fan of B-Movies, especially Horror B-Movies, and I would never condemn a movie for just being cheaply made or for poor scenery. "Underworld", however, just fails in every aspect and is easily the worst 80s Sci-Fi/Horror movie (if one can even call it a Horror movie) I have seen - And I have seen a lot.

After his former girlfriend, high-class prostitute Nicole (Nicola Cowper) is kidnapped by 'eerie' mutants (well, that's what they're supposed to be), private detective Roy Bain (Larry Lamb) starts to investigate and stumbles across a new, extremely effective drug with atrocious side-effects.

Most of the acting is absolutely terrible, the only two good actors in this piece of crap are Steven Berkoff and Denholm Elliott, and due to a terrible script their appearance can't save this pointless movie either. The sceneries are terrible, the costumes are just ridiculous. Some of the mutant's make-up is OK, but it's not good either, the plot is just plain awful and nothing in this movie makes the slightest sense. There is no doubt that Clive Barker is a highly influential and rightly respected horror author and director, and I bet he was ashamed when he saw his name put on this. Some movies are so bad they are good. This one is not one of them. "Underworld" is not good-bad, not even a bit funny-bad, it's just bad bad. Avoid!

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