Embryo (1976) from Tuna

Embryo (1976) is a grade Z sci-fi flick starring Rock Hudson.  It could easily be thought of as a Frankenstein remake.

Rock plays a scientist who had given up research after the death of his wife. He hits a dog one night, and brings it home to try and save its life. He is unable to save the adult dog, but manages to succeed in raising a very tiny unborn pup using techniques from his research, including an experimental drug used to accelerate aging. The technique works so well that he decides to try it on a human fetus. It works again, creating Barbara Carrera, who grows to adulthood in a few days. Unfortunately, her accelerated aging doesn't stop, so Rock finally has to resort to a dangerous and addictive drug to return her aging to normal. When this seems to work, he begins teaching her, and finds that, not having been subjected to the societal pressures of growing up, she uses 100% of her brain and learns nearly instantly, but has little emotion or empathy. When her accelerated aging returns, she becomes obsessed with stopping it, and becomes a murderer.

Naturally, the scientist and his creation also fall in love.

This is bad science, bad fiction, bad acting, and a terrible transfer, winning one of the few F scores I have ever awarded.



  • no features
  • atrocious transfer
  • not recommended



Carrera shows breasts and buns, which you can almost see, in this terrible transfer of what was probably a horribly dark film to begin with.

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The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is an F. As bad as it gets.

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