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Darker Side of Terror, The

Entry updated 24 May 2017. Tagged: Film.

Made-for-tv film (1979; vt Clone: The Man Who Gave Birth to Himself). Bob Banner Associates/Shaner Remus Productions for CBS-TV. Produced by Al Ramus and John Herman Shane. Directed by Gus Trikonis. Written by Ramus and Shaner. Cast includes Adrienne Barbeau, Robert Forster, Ray Milland and David Sheiner. 96 minutes. Colour.

Professor Meredith (Milland) is a college teacher and genetics researcher who is conducting secret experiments to produce human Clones. He has obtained DNA via blood bank samples from one of his more talented associates, Paul Corwin (Forster), who at first is not pleased by this. However, after being passed over for a promotion by unethical colleague Professor Hillstrom (Sheiner), Corwin decides to support Meredith's work, intending to use the clone in a scheme for revenge. The experiment seems initially successful: the two Scientists are able to age the clone (also Forster) to match Corwin's age, and also educate him. Unfortunately the clone has a serious homicidal streak, as well as committing rapes on the university campus. But Corwin's neglected wife Margaret (Barbeau) mistakes the clone for her husband and comes to prefer him to the original. Meredith and Corwin decide to eliminate the clone; the ending is ambiguous as to whether or not they succeed.

Cloning first entered the public consciousness in the 1970s, and The Darker Side of Terror is one of several films to use them as central plot elements in that decade. [GSt]


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