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These clones are identical replicas of members of the top 500 of politics and big business. Raised to adulthood, they are then frozen and cryogenically stored so that their body parts can be used to give more or less eternal life to the chosen elite.
The plan is to keep these clones in a state of almost childlike innocence and deny them any knowledge of the real world outside. They are brainwashed with dreams of a mythical place called "America" where (so they are told) they will go if they are lucky enougb to be selected.
A series of unplanned accidents leads to one of the clones finding out too much and becoming curious. One day he escapes from the clone farm and comes looking for answers in the "real" America... EXTRAS:
A 40 minute in depth interview with film's director, discussing his career to date and the making of CLONUS
The film's theatrical trailer
A feature length audio commentary with the film's director
Newly remastered from original negative in hi def anamorphic
1970's American horror movies achieved a political consciousness...DawnoftheDead, It'sAlive!,TexasChainsawMassacre...Clonus has been restored to their ranks -- New York Times
Clonus is one of the best low-budget genre films of its era, and deserves to be better known. -- DVD Talk
one of the most unjustly neglected sci-fi films of the 1970s. Recommended! --DVD Drive-In
- New anamorphic transfer from negative
- Interview with director Robert S. Fiveson
- Original theatrical trailer
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The film opens with Peter Graves at a podium, giving a typical politician speech, full of rhetorical hibbity jibbity. We then cut to various groups of youths exercising within a compound, smartly dressed in their Addidas track wear, reminding me much of that old TV show Battle of the Network Stars, except there are no stars here unless you count Dick Sargent, aka Darrin Stephens No. 2 (the unfunny one), from the show `Bewitched' (and I don't, by the way).Read more ›
On its own the best part of Clonus is its great premise, clones raised for spare body parts for the rich and politicians. Made in 1979 the movie is prescient and intriguing. Having said that, it's not a great movie. It's cheesy. But overlong scenes such as the searching of the office are balanced with some of the scariest scenes I've seen in a long while. For example the scene where we first see doctors terminate a clone. The doctors act with such practice and ease you think the actors did this for their day jobs.
I give it four stars because of its great premise, appearances by familiar medium level television personages, social relevance and the fact that I have to give a break to a first time director working on a $250,000 budget. Fiveson, the director, gives an interesting interview on another track of the DVD, and I think people interested in film-making might be find the DVD package worthwhile even if not particularly interested in Sci-Fi. For those not interested in what I've stated, I give the movie a fun two stars, not something to put at the top of your list, but if you have some extra cash and want to buy something different for your library, especially if you are interested in 1970s low budget movies.
Of course its a very low budget movie so there are inevitable shortcomings but clear out all the MST3K prejudices and you're left with an unsung entry in the genre - even the New York Times placed the movie in the same hallowed company as Dawn of the Dead" (1978), Larry Cohen's "It's Alive!" (1974) and Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974), among many others, all drawing on the trauma of Vietnam and the rising fear of consumerist conformism to spin their dark fables of American life.
Now I can't think of a better recommendation than that!
Shot on a shoestring it nevertheless manages to include Peter Graves, Keenan Wynn and Dick Sargent amongst its cast.
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This was a remake of the original. This one was amateurish and did not have the impact of the original. I was disappointed.Published on September 16, 2008 by Billy F., Cox
I bought this movie, as I realized after watching The Island that it was a remake, and I wanted to see the orginial one more time. Read morePublished on April 5, 2006 by Melvin Jensen