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      The Immortalizer

      R 1989 1h 34m Horror List
      Reviews 20% Audience Score 50+ Ratings A mad brain surgeon bites off more than he can chew when he kidnaps four teenagers for his latest series of experiments. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Audience Member Woah Nelly! It seems I've been on quite a tear lately of dumpster fire movies. I mean, goddamn.... It's hard to criticize it too much, since I'm not sure anyone was taking this cartoon seriously in the making of it. I just wish if it were going to be such a trainwreck, that it was a bit more fun... Rated 1 out of 5 stars 11/12/20 Full Review Audience Member This film could have learned a lot from Lloyd Kaufman. The story is Troma quality, about mad scientists offering rich old people a chance to have their brain put into an attractive young person, but the filmmakers unfortunately did not know they were making a terrible movie and forgot to add in much camp or fun, ALA "The Toxic Avenger" or "Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D." The film has musclebound ghouls to grab the teens off of the street, old patients waking up in their sexy new bodies somehow retaining their old voices, and many ridiculous gaps in logic throughout. What's worse is that it does it with a straight face. I'm certainly not opposed to enjoying amateurishly made horror films, but the filmmakers should have been self aware enough to know they're not exactly making a James Whale picture here. This film is unfortunately not even laughably bad. This was another gem that I caught on MGMHD. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I give this schlock-fest a high-rating because it's an example of a film's poor quality being so laughable that the finished product does a complete loop around and becomes uproariously entertaining. If you're an MST3K fan that enjoys riffing on horrid films, this is a must see, if only because it's a gem which reflects the shifting trends in schlock genre films from the late 80s to the early 90s. I wanted to call this a Poor Mans Re-Animator, but that might be giving this film perhaps a little too much credit, given that Re-Animator is intended to be humorous, and the way this thing was cobbled together, its clear that the people involved wanted us to take it very seriously...and with acting this wooden and a plot this silly that's just not going to happen! In short, this is a very generic by-the-numbers horror b-movie that plays better for laughs than it does for scares. Ron Ray plays Dr. Devine, a mad neurosurgeon who runs an "anti-aging clinic" for wealthy old folks. His secret is that he uses a radical surgery to transplant the brains of wealthy old folks into the bodies of young folks, whom he kidnaps from local universities and other such places by via large hulking zombie creatures created by bad reactions to his brain hormone (which is clearly borrowed from Re-Animator; I was half-expecting Jeffrey Combs to burst in with a cease and desist order after a while!). For this little 90 minute romp, his bulky minions bring in our motley crew of Dumbass McJockstrap, Goodie Lives-til-the-End, Blonde Full-Frontal-Nudity, and Innocent Survivor-Girl (bet you cant guess who dies in this one!). After being kidnapped, Goodie Lives-til-the-End manages to make a desperate escape and frantically tries to free his friends from some horrible acting...I mean Dr. Devine's nefarious plot to implant the brains of old folks into their bodies with the help of some more bad acting...I mean the local disbelieving sheriff and Dr. Devine's suspicious neighbor. Hilarity...I mean horror...I mean not much at all...ensues. For as much as I seem to be harping, its actually a fun watch, if you appreciate the laughs that low-budget horror schlock can bring to the table. Great for a Bad Movie/MST3K night with friends, with apologies to Brian Yuzna, Stuart Gordon, Jeffrey Combs, and H.P. Lovecraft! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a film that I remember really enjoying years and years ago when I first saw it, for what I must have felt at the time was a high level of cheesiness. But watching it now, years later, I can only sit and wonder just what it was that I saw in "The Immortalizer." Perhaps in the intervening years, I've seen enough schlock that this just doesn't do it for me anymore; then again, maybe I was just kinda dumb back then when it came to this kind of thing. What we have here is a pretty pedestrian ripoff of "The People Under the Stairs." True, it doesn't have the same poverty angle, but it has enough similarities to make the comparison work. It's worth a laugh or two, but not much more than that. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member The concept was amusing. The movie lacked much quality, but could definitely be called entertaining. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Cheezier version of The Re-Animator Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A mad brain surgeon bites off more than he can chew when he kidnaps four teenagers for his latest series of experiments.
      Joel Bender
      Michael B. London, Fredrick Wolcott
      Mark M. Nelson
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 7, 2017
      1h 34m
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