Review: ‘Embryo’

The story has doctor Rock Hudson grow a beautiful young woman (Barbara Carrera) in his laboratory from fetal beginnings. It's kind of a Bride of Frankenstein tale, cast in terms of scientific mumbo-jumbo, an effective blending of old and new plot elements.

The story has doctor Rock Hudson grow a beautiful young woman (Barbara Carrera) in his laboratory from fetal beginnings. It’s kind of a Bride of Frankenstein tale, cast in terms of scientific mumbo-jumbo, an effective blending of old and new plot elements.

Hudson plays with gentleness and restraint, and Carrera’s pristine fashion-model beauty is perfect for the role, but there’s little feeling of genuine passion or eroticism.

The script [from a story by Jack W. Thomas] is much stronger on plot than it is on character relationships. Suspense built up before Carrera’s birth is dissipated in clumsy dramatic confrontations when she and Hudson set out in society.

Diane Ladd is wasted as Hudson’s jealous housekeeper.

Embryo

Production

Cine Artists. Director Ralph Nelson; Producer Arnold H. Orgolini, Anita Doohan; Screenplay Anita Doohan, Jack W. Thomas; Camera Fred Koenekamp; Editor John Martinelli; Music Gil Melle; Art Director Joe Alves

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 108 MIN.

With

Rock Hudson Diane Ladd Barbara Carrera Roddy McDowall Ann Schedeen John Elerick
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