“When you feel nothing, not even pain, the body and spirit are capable of limitless things.”
In the near-future, a jogger collapses and finds himself gradually losing limbs in a hospital while a nurse attends to him; a London detective (Alfred Marks) searches for a “vampire killer” (Michael Gothard) who is terrorizing beautiful young women; an Eastern European official (Marshall Jones) silently kills anyone who questions his “brutal tactics” when interrogating political prisoners; and a limb-transplant surgeon (Vincent Price) lurks menacingly in the background.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Androids and Clones
- Christopher Lee Films
- Horror Films
- Mad Doctors and Scientists
- Murder Mystery
- Peter Cushing Films
- Science Fiction
- Vincent Price Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that this “fascinating British horror film which Fritz Lang admired because of its political subtext” remains “still undiscovered by repertory-theater owners”. He argues that the “direction by Gordon Hessler is clever”, and notes how interesting it is that “this picture, earlier than Alien or Android, advances the spooky notion that egocentric scientists will someday create ‘synthetic’ scientists”. Unfortunately, it takes far too long for the confusing (albeit effectively filmed) storylines to mesh together in a comprehensible way; a little more coherence would have gone a long way. And, as Peary notes, Vincent Price “gets a bit hammy in the unfortunately hokey finale”, while Christopher Lee’s role (as the head of an intelligence agency) is minimal, and Peter Cushing only shows up in cameo. This one will primarily be of interest to hardcore fans of futuristic sci-fi, and/or British horror flicks.
Note: The title theme song, sung in a club visited by the “vampire killer”, will stick in your head for a long, long time after viewing; be forewarned.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Some effectively shocking, well-filmed sequences
No, but it’s worth a one-time look for its (minimal) cult status.