Directed by Albert and Charles Band, and released in 1992 by Full Moon Entertainment, Doctor Mordrid is a fantasy adventure set in New York city.
Charles Band had originally acquired an option to produce a live-action adaptation based on the Marvel Comics character of Doctor Strange. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the character of Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon and practising sorcerer, debuted in 1963.
Unfortunately for Charles Band and Full Moon Entertainment, the option expired before production could begin. But rather than scrap any pre-production that was already completed on the project, Charles opted to rework the script, adding additional violence and nudity so that the newly titled Doctor Mordrid could compete in the home video market.
Doctor Anton Mordrid (Jeffrey Combs) is an enigmatic sorcerer, masquerading as a criminal psychologist and landlord to the New York apartment block he currently lives within. For over a hundred years Doctor Mordrid has lived on Earth, as a guardian against Kabal (Brian Thompson), another sorcerer with delusions of grandeur and sadistic intentions.
“Before this is over I will drink your blood and eat your flesh…and it will taste sweet!”
From his apartment Doctor Mordrid monitors various news feeds, in the company of a raven named Edgar Allan, watching for any sign of Kabal’s presence on Earth. Kabal’s intention is to open the gate to the fourth dimension and unleash his minions upon Earth as revenge for imprisonment at the hands of Doctor Mordrid many years ago. However, the gate is protected and thus several alchemical elements are required to conjure a spell. If Doctor Mordrid detects that one of these elements has fallen into Kabal’s hands he may just be able to locate and finish him, once and for all!
88 Films R0 DVD release of Doctor Mordrid features a full frame open matte transfer (1.33:1), which looks crisp and clear of any defects. Also included on the DVD is the original trailer for Doctor Mordrid, along with a multitude of trailers from older and upcoming releases entitled the 88 Films Trailer Park. The DVD case itself is blue and the sleeve reversible, incorporating the original artwork.
In 1991 Full Moon Entertainment introduced VideoZone, an innovative behind-the-scenes featurette that was included on the majority of Full Moon Entertainment home video releases during the 1990’s. 88 Films have included the original VideoZone featurette for Doctor Mordrid as a special feature. This featurette includes interviews with both Albert and Charles Band, Jeffrey Combs, Brian Thompson and Yvette Nipar, and behind-the-scenes footage of the stop-motion Cosmopolitan Museum showdown.
Whilst limited in it’s budget, the father and son team of Albert and Charles Band have done an admirable job of bringing the world of Doctor
Strange Mordrid to life. Jeffrey Combs continues to prove why he is so underated as an actor, making the mysterious character of Doctor Mordrid believable. The sets are imaginative, whilst the special effects are admirable, and although the plot can be confused at times Doctor Mordrid is an entertaining fantasy film, and a welcome change to Full Moon Entertainment’s usual horror output.
88 Films released Doctor Mordrid on DVD on the 17th February 2014.