The movie The Strangeness (1985) is a low-budget horror film directed by Melanie Anne Phillips. The movie The Strangeness (1985) follows a man who drinks contaminated water that mutates him into a tentacled monster.
Set in an underground military bunker, the movie focuses on a soldier named Alan who is part of an experiment testing effects of radiation exposure. After being locked in a contaminated chamber, Alan emerges violently mutated. He escapes into the surrounding woods, where the radiation morphs him into a grotesque creature covered in eyes and tentacles.
The army hunts for the monstrous Alan along with a researcher named Mike who knows the bunker’s secrets.
- John DiSanti as Alan
- Robert Worth as Mike
- Lisbeth Hummel as Lab Tech
- Albert Band as General
- Penney Pickett as Female Camper
The film had a budget of only $30,000.
Director Melanie Anne Phillips was one of the few female horror directors of the time.
Most of the monster effects were done through crude claymation.