17th Feb2014

‘Dr. Mordrid’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Yvette Nipar, Jay Acovone, Keith Coulouris, Brian Thompson, Jeff Austin | Written by C. Courtney Joyner | Directed by Charles & Albert Band


88 Films are a company that release some real oddities when it comes to movies, and most of them come from Charles Band’s Full Moon company.  Doctor Mordrid is one of these, and hiding away in the nineties section of direct to video releases is very reminiscent to a certain Marvel character known as Dr. Strange.  With a little research it comes as no surprise that Albert Band (who directed this along with Charles) once held the option to make a live action Dr. Strange movie, but when this ran out…the characters and movie were altered and yes, you guessed it we were left with Doctor Mordrid.

The fact that this could have been a Marvel live action movie from the nineties in many ways raises alarm bells, remember films like The Punisher? Yes, then Dolph Lundgren classic was released in 1989, but close enough.  In Doctor Mordrid we see Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Anton Mordrid fighting to save the world from Kabal (Brian Thompson).  In a situation straight out of Highlander, Dr. Mordrid is helped by Samantha Hunt his neighbour to save the world from Kabal who wants to take over with his army of demon like creatures.

Just reading the synopsis you can tell this is as cheesy as it comes and Combs plays it that way.  I notice sometimes that Combs tends to play the bad guys better, and he seems out of sorts as Dr. Mordrid but he plays him likable enough and there are even elements that made me laugh because they were so unintentionally comical.  Combs doing a scene where his soul (or whatever) has to leave his body so he can battle the bad guy? Well I happen to remember a certain movie called The Frighteners that uses that very same concept.  I’m not saying that The Frighteners would rip off a Jeffrey Combs movie and have him star in it, but it does feel like there could be a bit of a homage there (though I doubt it).

As with a lot of films that have Charles Band connected to them these aren’t masterpieces and they were never meant to be.  They were created to be a fun watch that you could rent out from the video store and enjoyed for what they are.  With Jeffrey Combs and Brian Thompson coming face to face to do battle in a cult sense, this is actually an interesting prospect, you just have to look down their list of performances to release that these are two of the most known faces for horror and science fiction movie and television fans.  Even if the film itself isn’t that good, just seeing them together is a minor event that should get a smile from genre fans.

I’m not sure how to recommend Doctor Mordrid really, because it really is an oddity.  For fans who would like to see what a nineties made for TV Dr Strange movie would look like? Then look no further.  If you want to complete your “Movies with Jeffrey Combs in” then here you go.  Is it a good movie? I don’t know, it feels more like a pilot for a television series at times but one thing I can say is it’s a strangely good time that really is a movie of its genre and time.

Doctor Mordrid is available on DVD now from 88 Films.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek.com

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