Doctor Mordrid

Full Moon Entertainment, 1992

Video Release - Paramount Home Video
September 24, 1992


This movie has "Based on an original idea by Charles Band" inserted into the credits, as has all the Full Moon movies. That is strange on itself since ideas really aren't creditable in Hollywood.

But this one really made me laugh, since it should have read "Based on an original idea by Stan Lee."

Rumour has it that this movie was planned as a Dr. Strange movie but the rights were invoked by Marvel. Upon which they simply changed a few small things to remove the likeness of Dr. Strange. The end-result is a Dr. Strange Plot with a character that is a better Dr. Strange than the 70's Dr. Strange movie without being Dr. Strange.

Jeffrey Combs is Doctor Anton Mordrid, a supreme sorceror from another dimension assigned here to earth for the last hundred years by the Monitor (a pair of blue eyes shown against a starry background) to guard against the Death's Head -- also known as Kabal (Brian Thompson), a fellow sorceror who turned to the Dark Side and was imprisoned by Mordrid eons past.

Well, wouldn't ya know it, it's present-day New York, where Mordrid also doubles as the owner of a classy brownstone apartment building and also gives academic lectures on demonology and the supernatural. Monitoring the world's news on his nine-screen TV setup, he starts noticing the thefts of various alchemical substances around the world: platinum, diamonds, etc. He immediately concludes that Kabal has broken free from his otherworldly prison; a quick visit to the other side (the Dark Dimension? Starless space with an island floating in the ether) confirms this -- Kabal is on earth, and is assembling the alchemical spell to release the Hellspawn still imprisoned, who will then run amuck on earth.

Enter the nosy neighbor and perfunctory love interest, Samantha (Yvette Nipar). As coincidence would have it, Sam's a special police researcher into the occult (wow! what're the odds?), who sees Mordrid both in the apartment building and lecturing to assembled interesting parties about occult motivations in criminal activity. He even lets her into his sanctum for some coffee, and so starts to realize something big is up when she sees a sigil from Mordrid's medallion reproduced on a bloodless corpse's forehead.

Mordrid first reveals the "time-freezing" qualities of his medallion when he uses it on Samantha in the hallway for no particular reason except to establish to the audience what it can do. Samantha then discovers that he's the super-secret building owner by discovering her rent check sitting on his front table. All of Kabal's thefts and other crimes are done in such a theatrical fashion as to be picked up by World In A Minute, for the sole purpose of giving Mordrid a clue to cling to.

Sam's cop friends also discover that Mordrid has a medallion with the same symbol as on the dead girl's head -- so they immediately haul him in in handcuffs and charge him with murder one!

Given the problems here, it's surprising that the movie is as good as it is (not that it's good, but it could have been a lot worse). It still has some nice qualities, mostly because of the Dr. Strange attributes that are still in the movie. The blue attire and ditto cape, the medallion and the Gauldron. And lets not forget the dimension spanning abilities.

Doctor Mordrid
September 24, 1992
Paramount Home Video
Color, Closed-captioned, NTSC, VHS Format

Directed by Albert and Charles Band
Written by C. Courtney Joyner
Starring:
  • Jeffrey Combs
  • Yvette Nipar
  • Brian Thompson
  • Jay Acovone
    Produced by Charles Band

    See also...

  • Cold Fusion Video Reviews.
  • Doctor Mordrid Official Movie Poster.
  • Doctor Mordrid and Demonic Toys Score Soundtrack by Richard Band.
  • Doctor Mordrid and Demonic Toys Score Soundtrack (1993 re-release).
  • Look for Doctor Mordrid at Amazon.com.

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