ICFIFC: Doctor Mordrid (1992)

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Monday, January 27, 2014

ICFIFC: Doctor Mordrid (1992)

Full Moon Features is an American motion picture production and distribution company headed by B-movie veteran Charles Band.  It is known for the direct-to-video series Puppet Master and Subspecies, as well as the innovative VideoZone featurette at the end of films through 1989 to 2013.

Produced by Charles Band and co-directed by Band and his father, Albert Band.  It was written by C. Courtney Joyner and released by Full Moon Features.  The younger Band held an option for an adaptation of the Marvel Comics character Doctor Strange1, but the option expired before production could begin.  Instead of scrapping the project, the script was rewritten to include original characters not directly adapted from the comics property.  The main character originally was to be called "Doctor Mortalis".  Some early concept art was done by Jack Kirby.

 

Doctor Mordrid (1992)

  • Genre: Action – Fantasy – Horror
  • Directed:
    • Albert Band 
    • Charles Band
  • Produced:
    • Albert Band 
    • Charles Band 
    • Keith S. Payson
  • Written:
    • Charles Band (Original Idea) 
    • C. Courtney Joyner (Screenplay)
  • Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Yvette Nipar, Jay Acovone, Keith Coulouris, Ritch Brinkley, Brian Thompson, Pearl Shear, Murray Rubin, Jeff Austin, John Apicella, Julie Michaels
  • Music: Richard Band
  • Cinematography: Adolfo Bartoli
  • Editing: Lauren A. Schaffer
  • Studio: Full Moon Entertainment
  • Distributed:
    • Full Moon Entertainment  
    • Condor Video  
    • Paramount Home Video  
    • Wizard Entertainment
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 24 September 1992 (USA)
  • Running Time: 74 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

Anton Mordrid is a wizard sent to Earth by a being called The Monitor, to stop the evil wizard Kabal from opening the gate to Hell.  Kabal needs the Philosopher's Stone and several alchemical elements to complete the spell and open the gate, unleashing his minions from the Fourth Dimension upon the Earth.  Mordrid watches for signs of Kabal's presence for 150 years; as the time of their epic battle approaches, Mordrid assumes the role of a criminal psychologist, and becomes the mysterious landlord to Samantha Hunt, a research consultant to the police.

Dr. Mordrid detects a series of thefts of the elements that Kabal is seeking, and Mordrid begins to search for his nemesis.  Samantha is persistent in her attempts to penetrate Mordrid's secretive life.  The battle for Earth spills over into the Magic Dimension where the gate is closely guarded by other good wizards.  They are no match for Kabal, who defeats all but one of them.  This survivor confirms Kabal's plans for Mordrid, and Mordrid returns to Earth to prepare his defenses.   When Mordrid is arrested for murder, Samantha attempts to help prove his innocence.  Mordrid reveals his true nature and his mission to her, and she agrees to help him escape.

In the final showdown, Kabal and Mordrid do battle within the Cosmopolitan Museum.  Using his wits and his magical power, Mordrid narrowly manages to kill Kabal, preventing the destruction of reality as we know it.  His mission accomplished, Mordrid is called by The Monitor to cross over once again into the Magic Dimension and leave the Earth behind.

 

 

Notes:

1.   Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange (known as Doctor Strange) is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics.  Doctor Strange is a former neurosurgeon, a practicing sorcerer, and serves as the Sorcerer Supreme — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.  Debuting in the Silver Age (1956 to around 1970) of comics, the character has featured in several self-titled series and Marvel-endorsed products including arcade and video games; animated television series; a direct-to-DVD film; and merchandise such as trading cards.

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