Transmutations (1985)





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This is a standard sci-fi horror-thriller that mixes romance together with lumpy underground mutants and a pivotal mad scientist doing dirty deals with a gangland boss. The boss's former fair maiden ("maiden" only in the vaguest of definitions), happens to have been kidnapped from a brothel and is held hostage by the underground lumpies. It seems the unbalanced Dr. Savary (the late Denholm Elliott) has concocted a potion that will make dreams come true -- and leave ugly physical distortions in the process. When a former hitman is hired to save the kidnappee before the boss goon blasts away the mutant-dreamers, the end results are not what the drug lord expects.
Action & Adventure , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Denholm Elliott
as Dr. Savary
Steven Berkoff
as Hugo Motherskille
Larry Lamb
as Roy Bain
Paul Brown
as Nygaard
Nicola Cowper
as Nicole
Irina Brook
as Bianca
Art Malik
as Floke
Brian Croucher
as Darling
Ingrid Pitt
as Pepperdine
Trevor Thomas
as Ricardo
Clive Panto
as Abbott
Sean Chapman
as Buchanan
Gary Olsen
as Red Dog
Philip Davis
as Lazarus
Paul Mari
as Dudu
Philip Tan
as Tung
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Boring, Hollywood fluff, lame fluff for even the most ardent genre fans.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
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Written by Clive Barker and directed by George Pavlou (both of whom also collaborated on Rawhead Rex, which should have been a warning sign to me prior to watching this film), Transmutations, or Underworld as it is also known by, is the British horror film about a supposedly "beautiful" (I think she's butt ugly) prostitute named Nicole who is kidnapped by a group of mutants that dwell underground because of an addictive drug they've consumed. Nicole also consumes the drug but hasn't suffered from the disastrous side effects, which is why the mutants want her. In comes former bad guy Larry Lamb now turned straight who is in love with Nicole and hired back by bad guys to track her down, or so it seems. The clues lead to a shady doctor (Denholm Elliot, the butler from Trading Places) who is the creator of the drug. For a movie with a great 80's horror poster, not to mention one that was written by the likes of Clive Barker, I had expected so much more from this film, but was kinda let down. While this film does manage to tell a decent Barker-esque story, it comes off as a bit boring, especially with an overlong running time. The mutant effects are THAT mutant-like or awe-inspiring, and the action-packed climax was more of a fizzle. Overall, Transmutations isn't too terrible of a film, just painfully average.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

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