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QUESTION: A long time ago, I saw an old movie on the sci fi channel (70s or 80s if I had to guess) and I can’t remember the name of it, nor have I been able to find it online anywhere.

I saw it when I was a child, so I don’t remember too many details, but it was about a creature they called “John Doe.” I believe it was from another dimension. I also remember that the creature could change forms because at one point it took the form of someone’s pet monkey.

I also think there was something to do with people cryogenically frozen. And it all took place in an isolated research station of some kind (that I think was on another planet).

Does any of this ring any bells?

Thanks for your time

ANSWER: Hi Nick,

I would think that your memory is playing tricks on you, as there was no Sci-Fi Channel in the '70s and '80s; it was only established in 1992. So you probably didn't see it there.

But I have what I think is a good candidate for your movie: The Iceman ( is a rather good 1984 movie about an ice age man who is found in a frozen state and thawed. He is called John Doe and put in a large cave where he acts much like an ape. And it does take place at an isolated research station. This would seem to fit all of your criteria (except for the other dimension thing, but another time is close enough)! I hope this is the right movie - it's actually a favorite of mine!

- Tue Sorensen

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QUESTION: I didn't mean that I had seen it back then (I wasn't alive in the 70s lol), I meant that the quality of the production seemed to be that of a movie shot in that time frame.

The only person I remember being cryogenically frozen was a girl, and the creature definitely shape-shifted. That is one of the few scenes I remember clearly:

They were talking over an intercom, and two different people said that the pet monkey was with them. Then you just heard one of them screaming and being killed over the intercom.

Now that I put some more thought into it though, it "may" have been a scifi channel original. Does that help?

If you don't know, don't feel bad. I can ask someone else.

Thanks, I appreciate your time


All right, then my best guess is Shadowzone (1990): - trailer here:

Another candidate is A Cold Night's Death (1973): - it's on Youtube here, but I would guess this is too much of a horror movie for you to have seen as a kid:

P.S. Oh, I see now in your ratings comment that you already found out that it was Shadowzone. Well, then we both found out! I didn't see your comment until I posted the reply above. :-)

- Tue Sorensen

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I am a life-long fan of science fiction in all forms, but especially in movies. I have a very good overview of science fiction movies from the '60s and forward, incl. the very recent. Movies in black&white (from the '50s and earlier) is my weakness, but I am trying to educate myself more and more in those movies as well. I can also answer questions about science fiction in general and in books. I'm not strong on old TV shows; my forte is definitely movies.


Besides my life-long hobby and enthusiasm for SF, I have been a leading member of a local SF fan society since 2003 (chairman from 2006-2009), and written more than a hundred SF movie reviews. I am also a contributor for various review websites (incl., but not limited to, IMDb and Amazon).

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I have studied biology, English and history, incl. a number of media courses.

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