Saturday, August 2, 2014

Syngenor (1990)

How bad is it? It's a throwback rubber-suited monster movie.
Should you see it? It's actually kind of fun toward the end.

This is a sort-of sequel to "Scared to Death" (1981), with the title coming from Synthetic Genetic Organisms, a type of supersoldier made by the U.S. army to fight overseas. They, of course, malfunction and turn on their creators. By 1990, rubber suit monsters were rare, but this film didn't have the budget for CGI. David Gale plays a crazed scientist, much like his character from "Re-Animator," who keeps injected green fluid into his own neck for reasons that I've forgotten (if it was ever explained). The story is just men vs. monsters in enclosed space - perhaps the old Ambassador hotel in L.A.? - until the end, when things get quite weird and the film tries to go for some gross-out silliness. Watching Gale overact at the end is entertaining, but it takes a while to get there. In the end, the monsters are stopped by sprinkling water on them!

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