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Movie-A-Day #53: The Clonus Horror (1979).

February 22, 2011

On this day in 1999, a group of scientists in Scotland announced that they had successfully cloned an adult sheep named Dolly. It was groundbreaking science, and suddenly what had once seemed like sci-fi fantasy became reality. “The Clonus Horror” comes from the days when cinematic cloning wasn’t real, just really bad. Human cloning is a serious ethical issue, but sadly there have not been any (decent) serious treatments of it on film.

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  1. tinaw permalink
    February 22, 2011 9:18 am

    I like the subtle touch with the slow blinks. It’s funny to see, but I wonder if that’s because the MST3K version is chopped, or if that quirk is never explained in the original cut. If Robert Fiveson had made some different choices, perhaps had a bigger budget, that quirk might have been a brilliant piece of a brilliant movie.

    I’m so glad Fiveson reached a settlement re: The Island. It was too similar to simply have been dreamed up. I can understand how two people may have had the same thought, 20+ years apart, but . . . track suits? Sorry, someone was stealing. Or, they were using stuff from that movie, even though they didn’t remember watching it on Chiller Theater one Saturday afternoon.

    • February 22, 2011 11:23 am

      Wow, I had forgotten all about that thing with “The Island.” Leave it to Michael Bay to clone a movie about clones.

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