Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
United Kingdom, 1986. Virgin Vision. Screenplay by Stephen Volk, based on a story by Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Cinematography by Mike Southon. Produced by Penny Corke. Music by Thomas Dolby. Production Design by Christopher Hobbs. Costume Design by Kay Gallwey, Victoria Russell. Film Editing by Michael Bradsell.
As in Haunted Summer and Rowing With The Wind, the famed gathering of notable historical figures at the house of Lord Byron is once again the subject of a film. This time, however, a film has taken the basic premise and come up with a completely fictitious story, one that ends up being far too ridiculous for words. Byron (Gabriel Byrne) assembles friends Mary Godwin (later Shelley, played by Natasha Richardson), Percy Shelley (Julian Sands) and Mary’s cousin Claire (Myriam Cyr) for a summer of madness and pleasure. Mary writes Frankenstein on a dare, then follows it with a night of raunchy sex, spiritual experimentation, and the exploration of the darkest parts of humanity. It sounds kinky and fun, but there’s really nothing to it.