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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Frankenstein 1970 (1958)

Baron Frankenstein (Boris Karloff), the descendant of the original and infamous Baron Frankenstein who created a man out of body parts, rents out his castle to a TV crew to make a horror film about the famous Frankenstein monster. Little do they know, that the current Baron Frankenstein has dug up the original monster and plans to bring him back to life. This rather silly low budget horror recycles the basic Frankenstein plot of those old Universal flix with a nod to (then) contemporary audiences. Instead of a bolt of lightning, Frankenstein needs nuclear power to bring his creature to life. It's rather carelessly plotted and characters behave illogically because if they behaved logically, the story would stop dead in its tracks. Karloff's performance here is almost self parodying but that may have been intentional but at least he's trying, the same can't be said of the rest of the cast. Shot in CinemaScope by Carl Guthrie (CAGED) and directed by Howard W. Koch (who retired from directing to produce movies like AIRPLANE and MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE). With Donald Barry, Jana Lund, Tom Duggan and Charlotte Austin.

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