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When high class hooker Nicole is kidnapped from her brothel, Rich businessman Hugo Motherskille hires her ex love Roy Bain to find her. Investigating the disappearance, he eventually finds ... See full summary »

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George Pavlou

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Clive Barker (screenplay), James Caplin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denholm Elliott ... Dr. Savary
Steven Berkoff ... Hugo Motherskille
Larry Lamb ... Roy Bain
Nicola Cowper ... Nicole
Irina Brook ... Bianca
Art Malik ... Fluke
Brian Croucher Brian Croucher ... Darling
Ingrid Pitt ... Pepperdine
Trevor Thomas Trevor Thomas ... Ricardo
Clive Panto Clive Panto ... Abbott
Sean Chapman ... Buchanan
Candy Davis Candy Davis ... Barmaid
Karen Gould Karen Gould ... Dancer
Jeanette Landry Jeanette Landry ... Dancer
Mark West Mark West ... Dancer
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When high class hooker Nicole is kidnapped from her brothel, Rich businessman Hugo Motherskille hires her ex love Roy Bain to find her. Investigating the disappearance, he eventually finds traces that lead to Dr. Savary, who has produced a strange white powder that's coveted by a race of deformed human beings who live in the underworld in the sewers below the city. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transmutations See more »

Filming Locations:

UK

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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SO EIGHTIES - IT'S PAINFUL
4 September 2004 | by EDDIEBLKMRSee all my reviews

Given that this is based on a Clive Barker story, and contains some major acting talent it should be good. It's NOT good, and the blame for that rests squarely with director George Pavlou.It could have been an interesting melding of the crime/horror genre, but takes every wrong turn possible.

Larry Lamb is a good actor, but he is so hopelessly miscast here as the hard man reluctantly dragged back into the criminal underworld, that there is a gaping hole at the heart of the film where a central character should be. In fact most of the normally reliable actors here, turn in awful performances.

The sets are awful (the neon tube underground lab looks like a Gary Numan stage set). The costumes are awful (the gangsters dress like Duran Duran). The music is awful, and the dialogue is awful. The script is so bad its difficult to imagine Barker had anything to do with it. At one point "our hero" is injected with the deadly transmutating drug, absolutely nothing happens to him, its simply not referred to again !. In playing down the horror element, and playing up the crime element, the producers missed an opportunity to produce a piece of contemporary horror, and instead produced a cheap looking Mockney version of Miami Vice. Most of the people involved leave this off their c.v.'s. I'd certainly leave it off your shopping list.


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