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Monday, September 23, 2013

Blackenstein (1973)

Blackenstein is God-awful, but that may well be part of its charm.  I only pray that the director of this film was in on the joke.  Take a bit of 1930’s Universal Horror, add a helping of 1950’s Sci-Fi, season with a pinch of Rocky Horror Picture Show and put the whole mess through the filter of 1970’s Black-sploitation films and you get Blackenstien. 

The “so bad it’s good” category is hard to get just right.  Unfortunately, this film takes itself way too seriously.  It simply doesn’t work as a horror film, but it could work as a comedy with a few changes.  Where is Pam Greer and a few “honkeys” when you need them?

In terms of filmmaking, Blackenstien is amateurish and not very well put together.  There are more inconsistencies than I care to mention [like a clear blue sky with the sound of thunder in the background or a nearly constant windstorm in your ears with no movement of trees!].  You’re either gonna love this or hate this, depending upon what you think is funny.  If you’re a fan of serious horror, skip this one altogether.  If you need a movie to watch with friends, a case of beer and shot of tequila, then this might fit the bill quite nicely!

RATING: Bad

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.


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