This movie, Embryo, is one that I've seen listed on multiple boxsets time and time again when I peruse Amazon and other sites for DVD boxes that might want to purchase. I can't say exactly why, since it's not that old or not that bad, but I supposed those reasons alone are not enough to keep it out of the black hole that is the public domain.
Embryo would star an aging Rock Hudson, still good looking and in great shape, as a scientist who wants to create a way to save fetuses that are dying. Rock Hudson plays Paul, who's a likable if somewhat naive scientist that just wants to do good, can't see anything beyond the good that his science will do. He's pretty much the stereotype.
At first Paul tries out his experiment on a dog that he has in his lab. The dog is not only born, but thrives and grows quicker, smarter, and better than any normal dog would. Apparently. So, then it's Paul thinking, "well shit maybe I should try this on a human!" and try it on a human he does. He refuses to do things the amoral way, so he finds a 3 month old fetus that is going to die, he snags it, and he injects his growth hormone.
The baby girl continues to grow, grows up normal and quite fast, and is suddenly about the age of 24. He takes her out of her capsule finally, and discovers she has super intelligence, the drug is no longer going to make her grow quickly, and she's eager to learn human customs. Victoria as she's called, because she was a victory, is a genius, and despite not being mature emotionally, she quickly begins to master the more mathematical and scientific aspects of the human mind. Then, much like every movie like this, she decides she must embrace the emotional side. She fucks Rock Hudson, and soon begins to develop problems with the drugs used to grow her. They seem to be turning her evil....
Sorry about the convoluted plot-line outlaid above. This movie was one of those, like Frankenstein, where you could say "yeah it's about a dude who brings a monster back from the dead" or you could go into the details about the plot details. The point is, this is Frankenstein but dressed up with a bit more character and a girl rather than a monster. The girl is played by Barbara Carrera, who was decent enough in the role. It's mostly her and Rocky Rock Hudson conversing most the flick, and they did seem to have some chemistry between them.
Looking at this from the recent angle I have of 1976 movies, I have to say this one was "better" as well. I guessed 1978 when I was writing the year above, and in that way, I guess you could say it looks just a tiny bit "better" than the other two 76 movies I've seen recently. The pacing was kind of slow, but it was also more of a drama / slow burn movie then a quick flashy actioner of a film.
Hm, what else. Nothing much worth noting. Roddy McDowall was in a small cameo. No music worth remembering. Decently shot and whatever. Some nudity from Victoria, she has a nice body. And, the ending was totally one you could see coming. Basically once things take the turn and Rocky fucks Victoria, you can probably guess the rest of the movie, but it was still worth watching I'll argue. It's was a basic "meh" of a movie, but that's still worth 2.5 stars.