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  • Actors: Johnathon Schaech, Erica Leerhsen, James McDaniel
  • Directors: Richard Jefferies
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001675YOS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Organizm" on IMDb

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Mysterious scars on his body lead Frank Sears' (Jonathan Schaech, The Doom Generation) to the terrifying truth behind a top secret Cold War biological experiment buried deep below a derelict Army base. Awakened and unleashed on an unsuspecting world, the Organizm absorbs light and energy, feeds on the living and is growing at an unstoppable rate. Sears and Army hazmat specialist Carrie Freeborn (Erica Leerhsen, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 2003) only have a few hours to unlock the entity's genetic code before mankind is extinguished.
Special Features:
* Commentary by writer/director Richard Jefferies and stars Johnathon Schaech and Erica Leerhsen
* Trailer
* Spanish and English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Customer Reviews

The cgi effects in this movie are actually pretty good.
David J. Garcia
With a "z," which isn't much better than Living Hell and just makes it look like Syfy doesn't know how to spell "organism."
Michael J. Tresca
The story is primitive, disconnected from any kind of reality.
Mikhail Burash

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Girod TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2009
Format: DVD
If you are a fan of modern creature features like "Slither", "Tremors" or "Splinter" then you will enjoy "Organizm". It's your typical mutant-biological-threat-that-can-destroy-the-world type of flick that is perfect viewing late on a Saturday night.

The basic story is that a biological weapon is unwittingly released in the American Southwest (these things always happen in or around the desert dontchyaknow?). Escaping from its confines the titular organism which looks like fleshy ropes seems unstoppable! Boring through concrete, steel, traveling underground....it doesn't seem like there is any way to stop this creepy menace as it bores into and feeds on anything in its path.

I liked the "monster" in this creature feature, it acted in a similar fashion to "The Blob"...only much quicker, and more aggressive in tracking its meals.

The special effects are a notch above Sci-Fi Channel produced movies, and the cast is made up of your typical b-movie horror character actors, but they do a good job with the what they are given.

If you are in the mood for a fun little sci-fi/horror ride, and don't mind direct to DVD effects and some loopy plot holes, give "Organizm" a shot, it's a fun 90 minutes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJ Deathwish VINE VOICE on May 11, 2009
Format: DVD
Organizm is a pretty solid movie that suffers from two problems. The movie contradicts itself at times, and some of the most atrocious CGI and green screen work I have ever seen. Bad CGI usually doesn't bother me because its par for the course in low budget movies, but it is just so bad that it deterred me from fully enjoying the movie. And another problem is that the movie seemed to have some sort of budget because everything else about it was pretty good, so the CGI issue really is unforgivable. Now thus far it may seem as though I'm bashing the movie, but I did enjoy it. In fact, if the CGI had been in the hands of more competent individuals, then this would have received a four star rating easily. But as it stands, we are left with a nice Sci-Fi / Horror time killer worthy of watching, but just don't expect the next classic here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Hutton on February 18, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Solid monster flick. Upper end of "B" flicks. Moved along at a good pace. Not very cerebral or deep, but it does keep your attention to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Tresca VINE VOICE on October 1, 2010
Format: DVD
This movie has a stupid title.

It's obvious that Syfy was ambivalent about it too, as the movie was later released on DVD as Organizm. With a "z," which isn't much better than Living Hell and just makes it look like Syfy doesn't know how to spell "organism."

But the naming difficulties suit the movie, which is difficult to quantify. Although there technically is a monster, it's a living cancer. And if you look at it that way, Living Hell is a manifestation of our worst fears about inheriting our parents' genetic abnormalities. If your dad gets cancer, you could get it too!

Frank Sears (Johnathon Schaech) is the child of a terrible legacy; his mother forced him to memorize a message before murdering his adopted father and killing herself. Haunted by the message, Sears panics when he discovers a military base is about to be torn down - the same base alluded to by his mother. So doing whatever it takes, Frank breaks into the base to warn the Army: DON'T GO IN THE BASEMENT!

Which they do. Of course.

Leading the expedition to decommission the base is wife-and-husband team Carrie (Erica Leerhsen) and disabled Glenn (Jason Wiles) Freeborn under the command of Col. Erik Maitland (James McDaniel). Things go south almost instantly as Sears' real father is discovered, a floating corpse in a tank of full of formaldehyde. The organism (or is it organizm?) feeds on energy and instantly grows like a giant, malignant tumor once it is in the military's lights. In the span of a few minutes, the entire base along with Carrie's husband is overrun.

The military is in retreat. Their inevitable response is a standard horror movie trope: nuke it from orbit.
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Format: DVD
Don't let the fact that this film was produced for the Sci-Fi Channel keep you from giving Organizm (also known as Living Hell) a try because it's a pretty darn good movie. While it is somewhat derivative of some films that have come before, it sort of hearkens back to the good old monster movies of the 1950s - only now, the scientist trying to figure out how to save the world from the horrors of the colossal beast is a woman rather than a man.

Back in 1959, ten-year-old Frank Sears' kooky mother conveyed a very important message to her son, going so far as to carve that message into the palms of his hands in what would be the final moments of her life. 33 years later, Frank, now a biology teacher in New Jersey, drives all the way to Fort Lambert in an effort to convey that message to those in charge. Having learned that the fort was being torn down, he feels duty-bound to warn them not to disturb whatever is hidden in a secret area of the camp. Naturally, the military folks check the area out, gain access to the secret vault, and seriously disturb the thing they discover there. Before you can say Jack Sprat, this Organizm wakes up and starts spreading - very quickly. It has these octopus-like appendages that spread everywhere like wildfire, destroy anything - and anyone - it comes in contact with. The military evacuates to a local town and sets up a command center. None of their weapons are of any use against the rapidly growing creature, but those in the chain of command pursue a contain and destroy strategy against it. Meanwhile, Specialist Carrie Freeborn (Erica Leerhsen), whose job it is to dispose of hazardous materials, defies orders and teams up with Frank, convinced he is somehow the key to understanding and thereby stopping the monster.
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