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A bio-tech thriller
The Catman is the first experience of Harvard biotech professor Blumenfels, who believes to be close to discover the fountain of youth by Xeno transplantation. (= Implanting animal parts in humans). His experimental clinic is funded by his extreme eccentric wealthy clients. The Catman is genetically mutilated and behaves like a wild cat. Some friends accidentally enter this bizarre world of Blumenfels. The Catman is dangerous and extremely skittish creating plenty of commotion, tension and sensation. Even when Blumenfels finally manages to burn the eyes of the Catman, he still escapes.
© Copyright 2014 by Fred Hilberdink, all rights reserved
A bio-tech thriller
The Catman is a threatening thriller with both touching and comical aspects. Xeno transplantation, which means, implanting animal organs into human beings, is no longer science fiction and will stay an integrated part in all kind of discussions on political, medical and ethical levels for many years to come. The Catman is the first successfully genetically mutilated man that acts like a cat. Former Harvard Professor Blumenfels strongly believes to have found the bio-key that stops the aging process and enables mankind to make an enormous jump forward into a better world.
Blumenfels has a love-hate relationship with the Catman. The Catman once escaped and now lives by himself in the wild. He often disturbs the peace in the clinic by trying to feed on the exotic birds in the park. Blumenfels often tried to catch the Catman by hunting him down but never managed to get a good shot at him.
The world of the experimental operating scientist Blumenfels is slowly revealed in all its terror and horror. Blumenfels experiments on people. De Catman is his first more or less successful creation. In an apparent reasonable, but sick philosophy, Blumenfels states that Xeno transplantation, followed by other genetically modified processes, will enable the world to create happier people in a better society. A more structural organized society in which people live according to a simple pyramid model. A model in which everybody can be optimal happy with the to him or her belonging status in that pyramid. Such a state of mind permits everybody to function not even on his utmost but also most effectively. The “Blumenfels method” can end the disastrous “rat-race” in favor of both the human individual and society.
Yet, the unique and controversial former Nobel price winner Blumenfels is frustrated. Both universities and the society as a whole have condemned and banned his experiments totally. That has made Blumenfels an embittered man.
He retired at a remote resort where he leads an apparently quiet private clinic far away from the hectic of the academic world. His clinic is financed by a couple old wealthy patients. These patients have the hope and trust that Blumenfels will enable them to stay young and to live longer by possibly rewinding their biological clock or else, preventing them from obtaining all kind of elderly diseases.
Miss Wilmink is one of the somewhat dementia patients in the Blumenfels clinic. She is strikingly young and smart for her age of 97 year and frequently jokes that Blumenfels only keeps her young because of her money. Miss Wilmink is the only individual that doesn’t fear the furiously wild Catman. She even maintains a warm but illegal personal relation with him.
However, the clinic is only a facade. Even the patients know little or nothing about the illegal experiments of the professor. Even the frightening being “Catman” doesn’t recall associations with Blumenfels past at most patients.
Ton is Miss Wilmink’s grandson. Ton, Anna, Laura en John, all in their twenties, unintentionally become potential victims when they decide to start a beauty-farm in a nearby situated mansion. However, the Catman appears to have his “nest” in the new to come beauty farm. Laura almost gets a heart attack when she is confronted with the intruder and is frightened to see that the fridge is filled up with dead birds, of which some already are quite rotten.
Yet it is the tiny Laura that develops a moving relationship with the frightening Catman. That relationship horrifies the others. The Catman cannot save her. His mental capacities are not sufficient.
In order to protect himself and the clinic for the attacks of the Catman, Blumenfels genetically created a security team that he sweetly calls his “Guns en Roses”. Especially the “Roses” show off by their gracious way of running and walking. They all seem to have the same Antelope brown gazelle-like eyes. De “Guns” on the other hand appear more to be tough mid west rednecks.
Blumenfels considers the beauty farm to be as a thread for his experiments and especially the knowledge of the four about the Catman is considered by him as a direct danger for his life achievements. In this bizarre situation Blumenfels cannot do else but to set up a complex plot to chase away the intruders from what he calls his area. Finally he manages to succeed after a massive attack on the mansion. Blumenfels manages to seduce the Catman to come closer and then burns his eyes. But the Catman, although heavily wounded, manages to escape. At the end the viewer is not sure whether Blumenfels “adjusted” the four genetically or not. Blumenfels himself complains to his “lovebirds” that the world unfortunately doesn’t understand him.
© Copyright by Fred Hilberdink 2014
All rights reserved