Monday, April 24, 2017

Science Crazed

Director - Ron Switzer
Starring - Cameron Scholes, Tony Della Ventura, and Robin Hartsell
Release Date - 1991
Genre - Sci-fi/Horror
Tagline - "something is very wrong in research and development"
Format - DVD (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):

     Many years ago, 20 years to be exact, I set out to collect movies.  A friend of mine had purchased a DVD player and upgraded a few of his tapes to DVD.  He was a close friend and gave me some of his tapes after he made the upgrade.  We were kids and this gesture struck me hard when he did.  I really appreciated the gesture and refused to get rid of them.  I would still have them to this day if someone hadn't stole them from me.  This one particular incident resulted in me collecting movies and since then I have never looked back.  Once I had some to call my own I wanted them all.  Now, my main goal is to collect every horror movie released.  I know it will never happen because there are thousands of films made that were never released or received a proper release.  One such film is Science Crazed.  This Canadian sci-fi/horror mash up was recently released on DVD for the first time by my friends over at Videonomicon who was kind enough to hook me up with a review copy.  Thanks guys!
     The film follows a scientist who is forcefully removed from a scientific institute after he is caught conducting unethical experiments.  He is on the verge of an important breakthrough so he rushes to his lab where he inject an unsuspecting woman with his special with kills her after she gives birth to a man sized monster.  Now the beast is killing everyone it comes in contact with.

     Science Crazed was one of those releases I heard about through several horror friends who picked up the Videonomicon release.  The film was cheap, horrible, and right up my alley. Sadly, it wasn't put together that well and did not sit well with me.  The acting in this one if horrible.  Not Ogroff or Bloodbath in the House of Knives bad but bad none-the-less.  The cast shows that they have no direction or idea where they are going with their dialogue.  I don't no if they had a script that they loosely followed or what but the acting is laughable.  The story for this one is almost wore out by this point.  There had been countless mad scientist flicks that pushed experiments too far resulting in a horrible creature being born.  This goes all the way to the fiction written by Mary Shelley.  What makes this story stand out from the others is...nothing.  Not a damn thing.  The film does nothing to try and differentiate itself from the hundreds of clones.  The film moves painfully slow and is very repetitive.  Once it gets in the groove it does nothing to break the cycle which gets old very, very quickly.  Finally, this film has plenty of blood.   The effects are very minimal and basic so the kills are not that impressive at all.  In fact, they are pretty lame and quickly forgettable.  Overall, Science Crazed is a mad scientist gone too far film done wrong.  Fans of obscure horror and no budget schlock will love it but those of you that was a well rounded film will be very disappointed.

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