Embryo (1976)

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Embryo (aka Created to Kill) is a tepid, tedious science-fiction thriller which takes an interesting idea -- a man's desire to create a perfect woman -- and makes it boring. Scientist Dr. Paul Holliston (Rock Hudson) creates his perfect idea of a woman and grows her in a test tube. Victoria (Barbara Carrera), while beautiful to look at, deteriorates rapidly and becomes a demented ruthless killer whom he must stop. Despite a great cast including Diane Ladd and Roddy McDowell, the absurdity of the script, written ...
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Embryo (aka Created to Kill) is a tepid, tedious science-fiction thriller which takes an interesting idea -- a man's desire to create a perfect woman -- and makes it boring. Scientist Dr. Paul Holliston (Rock Hudson) creates his perfect idea of a woman and grows her in a test tube. Victoria (Barbara Carrera), while beautiful to look at, deteriorates rapidly and becomes a demented ruthless killer whom he must stop. Despite a great cast including Diane Ladd and Roddy McDowell, the absurdity of the script, written by Jack Thomas and Anita Doohan leaves little for director Ralph Nelson to work with. Rock Hudson does his best but is laughable as this silly melodrama reaches its close and he is left with the remains of his "perfect" love. All in all Embryo, like its title, was an interesting idea, which was never developed past its original conception.
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All Movie Guide - Linda Rasmussen
Embryo aka Created to Kill is a tepid, tedious science-fiction thriller which takes an interesting idea - a man's desire to create a perfect woman - and makes it boring. Scientist Dr. Paul Holliston Rock Hudson creates his perfect idea of a woman and grows her in a test tube. Victoria Barbara Carrera, while beautiful to look at, deteriorates rapidly and becomes a demented ruthless killer whom he must stop. Despite a great cast including Diane Ladd and Roddy McDowall, the absurdity of the script, written by Jack Thomas and Anita Doohan, leaves little for director Ralph Nelson to work with. Rock Hudson does his best but is laughable as this silly melodrama reaches its close and he is left with the remains of his "perfect" love. All in all Embryo, like its title, was an interesting idea, which was never developed past its original conception. It would, however, make an ideal double-bill with The Manitou 1978.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • UPC: 025493071023
  • Original Release: 1976
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  • Source: Passport
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Time: 2:13:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Dr. Paul Holliston
Diane Ladd Martha
Barbara Carrera Victoria
Roddy McDowall Riley
Anne Schedeen Helen
John Elerick Gordon
Jack Colvin Dr. Winston, Dr. Wiston
Joyce Spitz Trainer
Dick Winslow Forbes
Lina Raymond Janet Novak, Janet,Novak
Vincent Baggetta Collier
Dr. Joyce Brothers Herself
Technical Credits
Ralph Nelson Director
Phillip Abramson Set Decoration/Design
Bud Alper Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Alves Art Director
Anita Doohan Producer, Screenwriter
Michael S. Glick Asst. Director
Sandy Howard Executive Producer
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
John A. Martinelli Editor
Gil Melle Score Composer
Arnold H. Orgolini Producer
Jack W. Thomas Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Index
1. Intro [10:01]
2. Puppies [10:20]
3. Smart Dog [5:41]
4. The Fetus [8:31]
5. Two Of A Kind [15:30]
6. Close Call [7:04]
7. Cocktail Party [2:38]
8. New Addiction [9:15]
9. New Life [4:46]
10. Martha's Death [9:37]
11. Playing God [8:56]
12. Die [5:31]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Embryo
      Play Feature
   And God Created Woman
      Cat People 1942 And 1982
      Captive Wild Woman/Jungle Captive
      Island Of Dr. Moreau/Island Of Lost Souls
      Metropolis/Weird Science
      Frankenstein Created Woman/Bride Of Frankenstein/The Bride
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