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Mutant Species (1995)

A rocket containing bio-hazardous material crashes in a remote wooded area. An army team is sent to recover it, but one infected man mutates into a monster. Another escapes and tries to stop the monster and the army team sent .

Director:

David A. Prior

Writers:

Patrick Francis (story), Patrick Gallagher (as Patrick F. Gallagher) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Rossi ... Hollinger
Ted Prior ... Trotter
Denise Crosby ... Carol-Anne
Grant Gelt ... Jordie
Powers Boothe ... Frost
Wilford Brimley ... Devro
Grant James ... Senator Roberts
Jackson Bostwick ... Tex (A-Team)
Jack Forcinito ... Jones (A-Team) (as Jack Verell)
Mark Krasnoff Mark Krasnoff ... Lorenzo (A-Team)
Jimmy Steger Jimmy Steger ... Willie (A-Team)
Ronald McCall ... McCall (A-Team)
Douglas M. Griffin ... Spivak (A-Team)
Patrick Gallagher ... Team Leader - B-Team (as Patrick F. Gallagher)
Jeffery Graham Jeffery Graham ... Sizer (B-Team)
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Storyline

A rocket containing bio-hazardous material to be disposed of by launching into space crashes in a remote wooded area. An army team is sent to recover it. One of the men is infected and mutates into a monster, killing most of the rest of the team. One man escapes with the help of a brother & sister who live in the woods. He then tries to stop his former buddy, while also fighting against another army team sent in to destroy everything. The bio-material was supposed to create a super-soldier, was banned, and the crash of the rocket appears to have been deliberate so the experiment could proceed. But who is behind it all? And will others be infected? Written by Mike A. "Pops" Murphy <magmx@earthlink.net>

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How Does It Feel To Be Next?

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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David A. Prior originally wanted Arnold Schwarzenegger as Lt. Hollinger, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Trotter, Michael Ironside as Frost, Dee Wallace Stone as Carol-Anne, and Bill Duke as McCall. However the studio felt they would cost too much, so they settled with a lower rent cast. See more »

Connections

References ABC News Nightline (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

We're an American Band
Written by Don Brewer
Performed by Grand Funk Railroad
Courtesy of Capital Records
under license from CEMA Special Markets
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A fascinating piece of drivel...
1 April 1999 | by ChoiBabySee all my reviews

What is the "Bio-Force 1?" The Bio-Force 1 is described as a biological mutant DNA strain. This peculiar brand of DNA is more of a virus though, virulent enough to infect almost any living being that comes in remote contact with this strain. The symptoms of this powerful disease include homicidal impulses and an uncontrollable rage... The Bio-Force 1 also happens to be America's newest top secret weapon...

However, when this scientific experiment goes ballistic, the military has no choice but to detain this mutated DNA strain. For the sake of National Security, a rocket carrying the entire Bio-Force 1 canister has been launched, its destination: the moon. Unfortunately, this is when circumstances get much worse...

Yep, MUTANT SPECIES was one of those "so ludicrous it's funny" type thrillers. For one, the rubber-costumed monster with phony foam latex make-up is ravenously laughable! Even more hysterical is having Leo Rossi (known for his "wise guy" type roles) mistakenly cast against type as a military officer who transforms into a hideous creature, stalking his victims in the nightfall. MUTANT SPECIES has mostly unmemorable dialogue, and the characters in this film are one-dimensional and insignificant. In other words, MUTANT SPECIES is simply a terrible movie.

MUTANT SPECIES has by far, some of the WORST production values in history. (e.g. This film blatantly relies on stock footage for a scene involving a rocket about to blast-off.) Also, although the cast is capable, the script is inadequate and the monster, again looks very miserable.

MUTANT SPECIES tried to make a statement about the evils of technology; however this movie is nothing more than a monster-on-the-rampage film. This bombastic feature sounds a lot more intriguing that it looks. This film is a terminally bland piece of opus.

In spite of the errors and foibles in MUTANT SPECIES, there is an adroit action scene or two directed and the cast tried their best with a tight budget and an inconvenient production design. By no means is MUTANT SPECIES a well-made film in the slightest sense, but the decent pace and a fun premise save this film from total obscurity.

RATING: *1/2 out of ****.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mutant Species See more »

Filming Locations:

Birmingham, Alabama, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,750,000 (estimated)
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Southern Star Studios See more »
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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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