The ’80s Sci-Fi Monster Thriller Given Total Rebirth

By Douglas Helm | Published

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There are tons of underrated 1980s horror films out there, but if you’re a fan of Lovecraftian monsters, then The Kindred should definitely be on your list. If you’re a big fan of The Kindred, then you owe it to yourself to pick up the limited edition Blu-Ray released by Synapse Films. The 1987 horror is a 3500-piece limited edition and gives fans a 4k restoration of the complete, unrated version of the movie along with an array of special features.

The Kindred’s Origins

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The Kindred was brought to life by directors Jeffrey Obrow and Stephen Carpenter, with Carpenter also co-writing the film with Earl Ghaffari and John Penney. The film stars David Allen Brooks, Amanda Pays, and Rod Steiger in a terrifying tale of genetic experimentation. The film follows John (Brooks), who is asked by his mother (Kim Hunter) to eliminate all of her genetic experiments.

The Story

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John goes to his childhood home and discovers a giant tentacled monster that is set on being the ultimate step in human evolution. John needs to stop this monster, but there’s also a mad scientist intent on completing his mother’s research (Steiger). Best of all, this terrifying creature action is all rendered using practical special effects, adding to its charm and watchability.

Special Features

The Kindred special edition from Synapse Films also includes all the crazy special features you would expect from a re-release of a classic. Of course, this is the best way to view the film as it’s remastered in 4K high-definition with a 5.1 stereo surround sound mix (with an option for the 2.0 mono theatrical mix if you prefer. You can also check out audio commentary with directors Jeffrey Obrow and Stephen Carpenter that is moderated by horror journalist Steve Barton.

Another great special feature you’ll get is the brand new documentary Inhuman Experiments – The Making of The Kindred. For those who love the creature effects of this film, there’s an 18-minute compilation of never-before-seen on-set footage from creature effects artist Michael McCracken Jr. If you prefer to take in the sights of the film slowly, there’s a still gallery and original storyboards to view.

Go Back To 1987

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You can relive the time before The Kindred came out with the original theatrical trailer, the video promotional trailer, and the TV spots. There’s also a booklet included, a CD soundtrack of David Newman’s original film score, and optional English subtitles to view the film your way. Plus, it’s all wrapped up in a Limited Edition O-Car/Slipcover with art by Wes Benscoter and Steelbook artwork by Alexandros Pyromallis.

The Perfect Fan Release

In other words, this is pretty much the ultimate fan edition of this very underrated creature feature from the 1980s. While the film only grossed just over $2 million upon its release, it’s definitely become quite a cult classic for those who love practical effects and creature films. Make sure to pick up your special edition of The Kindred from Synapse Films if you want to experience the film in 4K for yourself, along with all those special features. 

Source: Synapse Films