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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.
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