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John’s Horror Corner: The Abomination (1988), an ultra-low budget slow starter that ends in a monstrous gorefest.

January 29, 2013

MY CALL:  Ultra-gory killer muppet tumors?  Ummm…yes please!  Everything about this movie was awful except for its gory entertainment value.   IF YOU LIKE THIS WATCHAlien Predators (1985), The Kindred (1987), Slugs (1989), The Nest (1988), The Bay (2012) and Xtro (1983) are a few quite gory, mutant infestation-y movies that I’d endorse.

“An old woman coughs up what she believes to be a tumor. While asleep, the thing crawls inside of her son and reproduces inside him, then causes him to go on a killing spree to feed it.” [–IMDB]

As a fanatic of utterly ridiculous, gore-slathered horror movies, you can imagine my delight when I read this description [the quote above].

Dude.  This must’ve been the inspiration for Kuato in Total Recall.
Maybe they’re cousins or something.

Like a Troma movie, Cody and his friends enjoy drinking and driving while racing on the wrong side of the road and drinking at work.  Shortly after being parasitized by his mother’s coughed up tumor, he coughs up one of his own and keeps it under his bed like a pet.

“The abomination”–the Biblical demon of Revelations harbingered by Saint John–somehow compels Cody (Scott Davis; Ozone! Attack of the Redneck Mutants, Witchcraft III)  to kill people to feed it.  Considering the obvious budgetary limitations of this movie, an effort was made to show Cody slitting the throats of his victems.   Excessive quantities of fake blood more than make up for the poor execution of…well, everything else in the movie.  Cody ends up killing basically everyone he knows.

After the first “feeding” the baby abomination grows rapidly. It’s awesomely gross and reminds me of the dog cage scene in The Thing (1981).  For the simplicity of the materials used, the creature looks pretty cool!  Before we know it Cody his choking up more abominations which colonize the kitchen cabinets and the laundry machine. They look like giant fleshy muppet mouths with tentacles.

This movie has lousy film quality, terrible editing, one-take cue-card reading in lieu of acting, and I think many of the scenes were dubbed.  However, the serious attempts at soulful scoring during Cody’s narrations giggle me into forgiving these flaws.  I also loved the uber-hammed up (and long) scene when Cody watches his mother get eaten by them and when bloody cottage cheese is used as brains.  The end is a drawn out finale of blood and entrails.  If that does it for you, then you should see this ASAP.

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  1. December 19, 2021 10:52 am

    As I said in my review, “There is every other movie in the world and then there’s The Abomination.”

    I got to speak with director Bret McCormick a few weeks ago — — and asked about the effects, which have always impressed me because they’re real. All of that goop and gore and teeth and tentacles existed in our physical world and not inside the cloud.

    Bret said, ” I have a real love of creating things: paintings, sculptures, monsters. I learned a lot of tricks from reading Dick Smith’s make-up guide – the one published by Famous Monsters of Filmland. I read Cinemagic and books on creating puppets. It’s so much fun to me. In this case I was doing it and making a little money, but I’d often created things simply for the joy of doing it. The production was grueling, hard and messy. Stinky, too. I’m glad we did it, but I don’t think I’d want to do it again.”


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