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Organizm (2008)

Johnathon Schaech , Erica Leerhsen , Richard Jefferies  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001675YOS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,219 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

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Solid B-Movie November 16, 2009
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 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Organizm May 11, 2009
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid monster flick. Upper end of "B" flicks. February 18, 2012
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie....A Must See!! December 11, 2011
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This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire getting up to the kitchen on this one! Can't believe I had never heard of it or seen previews....a fantastic movie and will watch again and again!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superior apocalyptic bio-horror March 30, 2011
I picked this up under the misleading title 'Living Hell' for 4.99 Eur in Germany and to be honest didn't have particularly high expectations having had many disappointments with similar low-budget DVD titles. Maybe there was something in the description that set it apart that I decided to give it a go and I'm glad I did. A surprisingly well-acted, well-paced and plotted bio-horror with quite an original premise. A creeping monster-virus - the result of a Cold War experiment gone horribly wrong (surprise!) - that absorbs energy to grow exponentially, remorselessly enveloping everything in its path and defying all efforts to stop it, not least the US Army's predictably mindless attempts to bomb it out of existence. Clearly done on a small-budget, the actors and the director make the most of their limited resources to produce a surprisingly convincing and reasonably scary experience that if it had a slightly larger budget, might have got more attention. I can see Hollywood seeing enough merit to do a big-budget remake. Far superior to most of the straight-to-DVD horrors you see in video stores.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "It's not a toom-ah!" October 1, 2010
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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1.0 out of 5 stars I did not like this movie
I did not like this movie. I felt that it did not have a good plot and it appeared to be cheaply made. I did not even look at the entire move. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Dwayne Patterson
2.0 out of 5 stars Primitive
The story is primitive, disconnected from any kind of reality. The scenes also do not withstand any critics. Full of stereotypes.
Published 15 months ago by Mikhail Burash
3.0 out of 5 stars organizam
I liked this moviei would recommend this movie.. It had some really good special effects. The Colorado. was good and the vocals were clear.
Published 16 months ago by pat1967
1.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever, if I was blind. And deaf.
Sometimes I have to shake my head at the reviews here. I almost never leave comments on anything but this one warranted a response:

Don't see this movie unless you have... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Michael Hunt
3.0 out of 5 stars Campy
It is a good laugh if you like cheesy horror movies. If you are looking for a solid story line or great special effect look elsewhere. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Albert Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I cant say anymore. I only watched a minute. I like sci fi but this wasn't even that. It just awful and junk. What more can I say.
Published 18 months ago by Nancy Collins-Moussa
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is just too awesome. i highly recommend this. i absolutely...
first johnathon schaech is just too sexy, hot, and gorgeous. i always thought he was so handsome. lol its funny he dont have to do much in his movies but just be in the movie. Read more
Published 19 months ago by lily
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair SciFi Fare that....
This is a fair scifi offering that gets better as it progresses. When it started, I thought, oh well, another not so good science fiction that I wished was better. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Plank Spanker
3.0 out of 5 stars Organizm
if you like weird sci-fi movies, this one will be up your alley... mix of tremors, slither, etc. It was a bit too dark (picture-wise) for my taste, as there where scenes that... Read more
Published on August 12, 2012 by My2FruitLoops
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad, boring, B
Bad acting, idiotic dialogs, clumsy action, predictable situations... Yawn. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon after being dumped by your girl/boyfriend.
Published on August 7, 2012 by Buyerito
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