Title: Syngenor

Also known as:
SYNGENOR: SYNthesized GENetic ORganism (DVD title)
Scared to Death 2 (Working title)

Year: 1990

Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 98 min

Director: George Elanjian Jr.

Writer: Michael Carmody & Brent V. Friedman

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100728/

Plot:
In an attempt to create the ultimate weapon, a supersoldier of sorts, they accidently create a killer machine. They create the SYNGENOR, a cyborg that starts killing everyone who gets in its way. And they're many, now roaming the halls of Norton Cyberdyne.

Our thoughts:
This is a sequel of sorts to the 1981 movie "Scared to Death", which I haven't seen, but from what I can gather they're completely seperate movies. And besides, what is there to miss? Cyborgs kill people, end of story. And that's pretty much the case. Althought "Syngenor" is a weird little movie because there are times where you wonder if they attempted making a comedy. And not because it's "so bad it's good" (because that's barely the case) but there are scenes that are actually comedic as hell and far from serious. Whether they work or not, well.. read on.

The SYNGENOR is a cyborg, created to be the ultimate weapon in desert wars. It was developed by Norton Cyberdyne, a company run by the second antagonist of the film - Carter Brown (played by David Gale who we all know from "Re-Animator"). Prototypes of this new weapon get loose in the building and chaos ensues. As for protagonists, we have the two way-too-typical leads who are sneaking around the building for personal reasons.

What I wanted from this film was a stupid but entertaining monster movie, maybe something in the veins of "The Terror Within" or "Rawhead Rex". It's of that sort, no doubt, but doesn't really reach as high for me as those two does (as bad as they are). The SYNGENORs don't look awesome enough, you do get kinda bored of the look and the obvious suit that is being worn. The gore is there but not enough to save the rest of the movie. The characters are typical and mostly annoying (this isn't really a negative aspect as it's usually the case), except for Carter Brown. This is where the comedy comes into play. They made Carter Brown go completely nuts towards the end of the film. David Gale plays the role great, and even added a touch of his own into the film to make the character seem even more insane (towards the end he is wearing a bunny mask backwards). But the character is so crazy that it becomes stupid and in the middle of this mediocre sci-fi horror you get moments that would be more suiting in a Troma film. And trust me, it doesn't fit even if you'd think it would just hearing about it. It made me smile from the silliness of it, but it's played out in a way that makes me think they didn't try to make it funny.

"Syngenor" starts, progresses and ends pretty much exactly how you would expect it to within the first minutes of watching it. It lacks that little extra thing to make it memorable, be it cheese, gore, cool monster, great characters or whatever. It has few moments that really stick out, and even though a bad monster movie is always an entertaining movie, this doesn't qualify as must-watch of the subgenre. It could be work watching for David Gale's character and the monster scenes, but you're better off watching "The Terror Within" or something like it. "Syngenor" is what it is, and if you seek it out after reading this review then I think it is the movie for you.


Positive things:
- Carter Brown goes insane.
- Fairly good effects.
Negative things:
- The SYNGENOR isn't too bad looking, but it's a boring design.
- Lacks something to make it worth while.

Rating:
Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 2/5

We got this movie from:
CAVD.com

It can be bought from:
Synapse-Films.com

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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