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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Frankenstein '80 (1972)

This movie should work, but it doesn't.  The plot is a modern update of the Frankenstein story where the good doctor is a pathologist at a hospital.  He has created his monster, Mosaic, out of various body parts but there's one catch...Mosaic keeps rejecting the transplanted organs.  I love the premise but the execution of it is terrible.  First of all, I don't mean to be unkind but it's a butt-ugly cast.  I've been to Italy and there's tons of gorgeous people there.  Apparently all the beautiful people in Italy failed to show up for the casting call!

Since this film is dubbed into English there is a chance that the acting is better than it appears.  The English dub is very wooden and stiff.  It's just not good at all.  In addition to wooden dialogue there are some improbably scenes such as the prostitute who seems oblivious that she's just invited a homicidal monster to her apartment where she is raped and killed.  The transplant scene is laugh out loud funny.  Who knew you could transplant a kidney in 60 seconds or less!
Honestly, there was little I liked about this movie.  The nudity and gore come off as gratuitous and add absolutely nothing to this mess of a movie.  Avoid this one at all costs even if it's free on Archive.org!
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For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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