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      R 1990 1h 38m Sci-Fi List
      Reviews 19% Audience Score 100+ Ratings An inventor's niece (Starr Andreeff) must stop his ultimate warrior: a synthetic genetic organism made for the Mideast. Read More Read Less

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      Mike Massie Gone With The Twins For a monster movie, there's little blood and infrequent action, paired with pitiful costumes and sparse sets. Rated: 4/10 Sep 24, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member David Gale is the only reason to watch this rather dull sci-fi horror movie Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I really enjoyed David Gale's over the top acting in this one! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Mash up of 'Robocop', 'Alien' and 'The Terminator' with heaping helpings of yuppie satire and B-movie stupidity. Bizarre and awkwardly paced but guffaws are guaranteed. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Ha, Cyberdyne. Loony CEO Carter Brown hijacks the very project employed by his subordinates to unseat him, and is opposed by laser-spinning Susan Valentine and her boytoy reporter. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member For some damn reason the VHS cover artwork to Syngenor stuck in my mind since my childhood. I'm not sure why though as the VHS artwork isn't that great but for some reason it stuck. That and for the fact this B-monster film stars "Re-animator" star David Gale got me to buy it at a cheap price. After viewing the film and listening to the DVD commentary I was surprised to learn is actually a sequel to a low budget film made 9 years prior titled Scared to Death. Nowhere on the box art will you find information that this is a follow-up no doubt the DVD distributors not wanting connect this film to an ultra low budget film made years before that not many people have seen. The makers of the movie even had this mentality as there is no reference to the events of the first film and no characters of direct plot carry over other than the beastly Syngenor itself. Our film opens with some high class jackass taking some high priced prostitutes to a "High tech" lab to show them some Syngenors only to have them meet bloody demises. It seems that our greedy corporation is into military weapons and their new weapon is a genetically made monster called a "Syngenor", and in case you didn't see the first film that stands for synthesized Genetic Organism. These monsters were designed for desert combat and get their fluid intake by drinking the spinal fluid of their victims. Our greedy corporation (headed by the late great David Gale!)sends out a Syngenor to kill the genetic scientist that created them as he quit the company. The Syngenor succeeds but the scientists daughter becomes a witness so she and a reporter (they always seem to team up with reporters in these type of films!) to take the corporation down, that is if they can beat an army of Syngenors first! Syngenor can be fun at times for a low budget monster romp but it's budget really hinders the scope of the film. The Syngenor suits look good but they don't have quite the scary image they had in the first film Scared to Death. Perhaps it's due to the fact director George Elanjian Jr. decides to film them in well let areas as opposed to keeping darkly lit like original director William Malone. The high tech lab where the Syngenors are kept is obviously a kitchen of a hotel with white sheets covering up all the kitchen equipment. Still with such a low budget the filmmakers seem to have done a credible job. The acting is of kilter as some of the actors take this hooky material seriously and others ham it up. David Gale shines in this film and he had his tongue firmly in his cheek with his performance. His character starts out subtle but by the end he was a stark raging mad! I had a ball with his performance and it really added to the fun nature of the film. My favorite part of his performance is towards the end when he goes over the deep end and our protagonists find him wearing a bunny mask backwards on his head. Fuckin' great! Though a sequel this film can easily be viewed on its own. I saw it first and never thought it was a sequel until I did a little research. After viewing the first film Scared to Death I can honestly say that Syngenor is a little better thanks to a higher budget and a little more fleshed out plot. The first film tried very hard to be scary (and failed) whereas Syngenor has more of a sense of fun to it. Fans of B-monster films are encouraged to at least give Syngenor a rent. Bonus Rant (Spoiler): I found it odd that the plot device used to kill the Syngenor creatures is water. Water literally makes them explode. However this is a continuity error compared to the first film. The Syngenor in the original film took refuge in a sewer so it couldn't have been killed by water. I can't be too picky as Syngenor, though a sequel, actually acts more like a totally separate film which just happens to include Syngenors so I can't expect great continuity. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Syngenor? What is with these movies being more about a corrupt business than the creatures they created. It took almost the entire movie to get a full shot of some mutated giant cat thing. David Gale is awesome in this. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis An inventor's niece (Starr Andreeff) must stop his ultimate warrior: a synthetic genetic organism made for the Mideast.
      George Elanjian Jr.
      Original Language
      Release Date (DVD)
      Nov 25, 2013
      1h 38m
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