The Kindred (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Kindred (1987)




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A superior follow-up to The Dorm that Dripped Blood from directors Jeffrey Obrow and Stephen W. Carpenter, this campy, slime-covered monster movie centers around a dark secret kept in the basement catacombs of an ailing geneticist (Kim Hunter), which turns out to be the bizarre end product of a gene-splicing experiment combining genetic material from her son with the DNA of an aquatic creature. The little guy -- dubbed "Anthony" by its creator -- breaks free to stalk Hunter's son John (David Allen Brooks) and his obnoxious friends before facing off with another loony scientist (Rod Steiger, in an absolutely hideous hairpiece). Filled with creepy surprises, audacious makeup effects and buckets of goo, this film's high point is provided by lovely Amanda Pays as Steiger's assistant, who proves late in the film why she kisses like a fish.


David Allen Brooks
as John Hollins
Kim Hunter
as Amanda Hollins
Rod Steiger
as Dr. Phillip Lloyd
Amanda Pays
as Melissa Leftridge
Talia Balsam
as Sharon Raymond
Timothy Gibbs
as Hart Phillips
Peter Frechette
as Brad Baxter
Julia Montgomery
as Cindy Russell
Bunki Z
as Nell Valentine
Ben Perry
as Porsche Driver
Bennet Guillory
as Dr. Stone
Edgar Small
as Dr. Larson
Jim Boeke
as Jackson
Ben L. Perry
as Porsche Driver
John Farmer
as Minister
Steve Conte
as Orderly
Michael Shawn McCracken
as Full-Sized Anthony
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Critic Reviews for The Kindred

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

A disjointed, jigsaw-puzzle movie that is constantly announcing its borrowed characters and subplots and special effects.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

It's a minor movie with no large ambitions. It belongs to the category of movies that can entertain or not depending on an individual's inclinations. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 21, 2020 | Full Review…

An underrated 80s horror flick with great special effects, good cast, thankfully simple plot, and a nice mood

June 30, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Truly dismal horror flick.

October 19, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

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