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The Outside Experimental Combat Mammal,or OXCOM for short, escapes from a government genetic warfare lab and goes on the rampage. Saving the world is then down to a dog and a kid.

★★★★★

Alien. Freddie Kreuger. The Terminator. Robocop. Frankenstien. Hollywood delights in such terrorisers and though every year coy hopefuls aim for the raw nerve most just hit the funny bone.

Such a failure is the ponderously named Oxcom, let loose to less than devastating effect in Watchers. The Outside Experimental Combat Mammal (for it is he), has escaped from a US genetic warfare lab. But can anyone take seriously a genetic disaster one step away from extinction- a hideous cross between an orang-utan and the Hunchback of Notre Dame?

Billed respectively by its pursuers –who include yet another genetic experiment misfire baddie, Michael Ironside- as the ‘perfect killing machine’, our exotic hybrid goes on the rampage.

Then, with more than a pinch of Disney, a lovable mutt turns up. He’s the Oxcom’s homing signal, trained to ingratiate himself with the target. The scene is thus set for a go-it-alone-kid-outdoes-The-Authorities-to-rid-us-of-World-Peril climax, saving his mom, his girl and his town in the process. But Watcher’s mix of goofiness and gore ends up wasting its promising theme of genetic meltdown.

With an unconvincing monster and cliches aplenty this mix of goofiness and gore ends up wasting its promising theme of genetic meltdown.