THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

EMBRYO (1976)

Let’s take a trip back to the Bicentennial year of 1976.  When Rock Hudson was still a movie star, when ladies fashions made everyone look like they were wearing pajamas 24/7 and where the “science” of Embryo was being hotly debated.  Rock Hudson is a geneticist who lost his wife in a car crash (he wasn’t injured at all) and is dealing with survivor’s guilt.  One rainy night, he hits a pregnant Doberman with his car.  He takes it back to his lab and realizes he can’t save her – but maybe he can save her unborn pups.  He uses growth hormone and, while the mother expires, one pup lives and the dog grows to full size in a couple of days.  Everyone thinks he’s saved the mother but Rock isn’t telling the real story.  The dog is a quick learner and seems to be highly intelligent and secretly nasty – in one scene it kills a small dog and then hides the body!

Eventually, Rock secures an unborn embryo from a doctor friend and eagerly tries the same technique.  It works – we quickly have a 24-year-old woman named Victoria (Barbara Carrera with an accent that makes her hard to understand).  She studies like crazy and is passed off as his new assistant.  All is well for a short time, and Rock even sleeps with her.  But when her rapid aging resumes…watch out,  she’ll do anything to stop the process!

Embryo is so dated it’s hard to take seriously today.  Hudson is bland as the scientist and Carrera is beautiful but wooded as Victoria.  Roddy McDowell stops by to chew the scenery as a chess champion who goes ballistic when Victoria is about to beat him at chess…and then lets him win at Rock’s urging!  The ending is preposterous.  You might want to take in an old McMillian and Wife episode rather than experience Hudson in this film. 


TLA one word review: vanilla