Originally released in 1986, Breeders brings with it all the cheesy elements of 1980s direct-to-video independent goodness, from hilarious but fun monster effects, a cast of female beauties during a time in which surgical augmentation had yet to catch on, and of course hideous dialogue, awkward pacing, and the obligatory final dream sequence that ends with a principal character screaming awake.
The story of Breeders is straightforward. An alien monstrosity travels through the cosmos, landing its spores on planets. The spores become alien creatures that can exist in the climate of the host planet. However, the creature’s offspring cannot survive, so the alien must impregnate human virgin females to create hybrid survivors. Sometimes the offspring come out okay, but during others something goes wrong and monstrous genetic mutations emerge. Naturally, both parent and progeny have no problem tearing up humans, males or females.
The movie begins with the rape of a virgin. As more rapes begin to take place, Detective Dale Androtti (Lance Lewman) teams up with Dr. Gamble Pace (Teresa Farley) to track what they at first think is a serial rapist. However, the pair soon discover that it is an alien that is responsible for all the impregnations, and they track the creature to an abandoned subway section, where all the aliens women are found floating in a vat of viscous goo (possibly inspired by Invasion of the Bee Girls). Pace tries to convince to sleepy-eyed dolts to turn the power back on in the subway section, but it is Androtti who finally gets them to do it. The pair then proceeds to electrocute all the women in the goo, ostensibly ending the invasion. As with many movies of this type, however, there is a coda that has Androtti turn into an alien, with Pace waking up from a nightmare, screaming and screaming again.
Writer-director Tim Kincaid turns in a turkey of a science fiction and horror mix, once that was universally panned when it was initially given a limited theatrical release by Empire Pictures. The movie fared okay when released onto VHS by Wizard Video, and it has been around on cable television and received a DVD release in 2001 by giant MGM. Today, the movie serves as a curio for a time when independent cinema churned out lots of product, with plenty of movies designed to attract young boys to pack theater seats.
The primary attraction of Breeders is the nudity and the promise of softcore sex. Breeders delivers in the former category, with several women stripping to the core. The shots are mostly relegated to brief scenes of T&A, with some full-frontal flashes, and most will find that the women are all-natural, which may dull the senses of modern viewers. There is no sex, not even the weird variety with the alien menace (those wishing for Galaxy of Terror will be disappointed). A secondary attraction is likely the monster special effects, and for fans of trash cinema the effects are pure joy. The cheese is high with the monsters on display, so sit back and enjoy.
The movie’s drawbacks are too many to list. Prominent among them are a slow pace, lack of tension throughout, terrible acting, a miniscule budget that yields poor sets and props, and lackluster directions. Despite these and other flaws, Breeders has its moments of exploitative charm—not many, but they are there. Most horrorhounds should skip it, but those who relish trash cinema should check it out, only keep a finger on the fast-forward button.