B.O.R.N. (1988)

Genres - Crime, Horror  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Cavett Binion

This gory medical thriller managed to pre-date an early-'90s spate of direct-to-video exploitation films dealing with sleazy black-market organ banks. The plot centers on the activities of the "Body Organ Replacement Network," a secret criminal organization (led by ubiquitous movie villain William Smith) which obtains donor organs -- by any means possible -- for anyone willing to meet their prices and keep their mouths shut. Their methods usually involve patrolling the city in an ambulance looking for unwilling "donors" (usually female), who are promptly chopped up on the operating table. The sinister wheels are put in motion again when a wealthy family approaches the B.O.R.N. network about obtaining a replacement heart for their ailing daughter. Though not quite as gory as it sounds, this is still a pretty sleazy exercise which plays like a tabloid-flavored version of Robin Cook's novel Coma, without the clever insight of Michael Crichton's 1978 film.



hunting, barnstorming, body-parts, Canada, concentration-camp, kidnapping, killing, murder, Nazism, organ [musical instrument], survivor, war-crimes, wife