Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
Alternate title: Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein
USA/Italy/France, 1973. Compagnia Cinematografica Champion. Screenplay by Paul Morrissey, based on characters created by Mary Shelley. Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller. Produced by Andrew Braunsberg. Music by Claudio Gizzi. Production Design by Enrico Job. Costume Design by Benito Persico. Film Editing by Jed Johnson, Franca Silvi. Podcast: My Criterions.
Unlike the cheesily entertaining Blood For Dracula, this mishmash version of Mary Shelley’s story is a giant bore and its gory scenes far too offputting. Udo Kier plays yet another loopy baron who lives a sterile life with his wife and children while cooking up the creepiest experiments in his castle laboratory. Of course, Joe Dallesandro is also on hand to provide lots of gratuitous sex and nudity, though again even his segments lack the relish in the other superior horror flick. Unfortunately, he ends up becoming part of the crazy baron’s plans to create a new human race with carelessly assembled body parts. No fun, though Monique Van Vooren‘s performance is hilarious enough to make it worthwhile.