You seriously didn’t think I was going to let Tom have all the fun covering Medical Deviants, did you? I had to act quickly or else he would have covered the whole subgenre in about a week. Of course, I played it safe and chose one of the most obscure entries in the “quack who’s cracked” category with DOCTOR STRAIN THE BODY SNATCHER. This film is so obscure that the good doc’s name was never once uttered in Fangoria and I think the only publicity it received was a full-page mention in Slaughterhouse magazine (if you remember that, you old!).
STRAIN opens with a police psychologist, Dr. Moore (Kenneth Knaff), interviewing a delirious young man named Jesse (Carmine Puccio). You know the police doc is serious about mental health because he has a make-up store dollar goatee on. Jesse has no idea why he is being held, but there is a litany of charges against him. Surprisingly, the one offense not listed is his acting. Anyway, Jesse soon understands why he is here and wants to clear his name. Flashback mode activate! It all revolves around the time he graduated from college with a degree in Biochemistry. After school, he got a letter from his uncle (David Winkler) to come assist him in his work. What is this mysterious uncle’s name? Doctor Strain!
|Joe Piscopo is looking rough!|
|Always best to do your alchemy|
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Now I have nothing but love for regional productions, but please try to make it at least look like a real movie. To the film’s credit, they do have some cool looking zombie make-up effects, but they are again victim to Cornejo and Fritts’ full blown war declaration on mis-en-scene. No bones about it DOCTOR STRAIN THE BODY SNATCHER is a complete and total mess. My dear doctor, welcome to my top 10 worst horror films of all-time list. I'm sure you'll be very comfortable.