Carne per Frankenstein
Flesh for Frankenstein
Il Mostro è in Tavola Barone Frankenstein / Andy Warhol's Frankenstein / The Devil and Dr. Frankenstein
Carlo Ponti, Andrew Braunsberg, Jean Pierre Rassam, Andy Warhol for Compagnia Cinematografica Champion
directed by Paul Morrissey
starring Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Monique van Vooren, Arno Juerging, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Srdjan Zelenovic, Nicoletta Elmi, Marco Liofredi, Liu Bosisio, Fiorella Masselli, Cristina Gaioni, Rosita Torosh, Carla Mancini, Imelde Marani, Miomir Aleksic
written by Paul Morrissey, based on characters created by Mary W. Shelley, music by Claudio Gizzi, special effects by Carlo Rambaldi, second unit director: Anthony M. Dawson (= Antonio Margheriti), editing by Jed Johnson, Franca Silvi
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Brother-and-sister/husband-and-wife Frankenstein (Udo Kier, Monique van
Vooren) are a truly decadent couple: The Baron spends most of his time in
his lab, trying to create two humans based on some crude racial theories
as the first of a new master race while Mrs Frankenstein spends her time
fucking around, caring neither about her husband's work nor about their
children Erich (Marco Liofredi) and Monica (Nicoletta Elmi). And to
satisfy her sexual needs, she employs promiscuous farmer Nicholas (Joe
Dallesandro) as her butler - even if she neither likes nor fully
understands Nicholas' socialist ideas.
Meanwhile the Baron has decapitated Nicholas' best friend Sacha (Sdrjan
Zelenovic) to use the head for his male creature, as he thinks Sacha to be
a regular stud - he isn't, the Baron has mistaken him for Nicholas - and
the perfect mate for his female creature (Dalila Di Lazzaro).
Inevitably, Nicholas at some point recognizes the creature's head as
that of his decapitated friends, and when Mrs Frankenstein shows not even
the slightest interest in helping him get to the bottom of it all, he
turns to the children for help, who seem to know every secret passageway
and hiding place in the castle - still, soon enough, he is found out
trying to sabotage the Baron's work and neatly tied up, while Mrs
Frankenstein, having gotten bored of Nicholas anyways, demands the monster
to have asexual session with her - to which the Baron gladly agrees, since
it was thanks to her that Nicholas was fond out in the first place.
However, from here on everything gets out of hand: the male creature
kills Mrs Frankenstein duriong sex, Frankenstein's assistant Otto (Arno
Juerging) accidently kills the female creature while having sex with her,
Frankenstein kills Otto, the (male) creature kills Frankenstein, and then
Eventually, Nicholas, all tied up, is left the last man standing,
except for the kids, but they show little interest in freeing him and
prefer to continue the perverse ways of their parents.
Quite a departure from the previous films Paul Morrissey made for Andy
Warhol (most prominently Trash, Flesh and Heat), Flesh
for Frankenstein, though much more controlled in direction, still
shares an anachic vein as well as sexual openness with these movies, which
clearly identify the film as the work of auteur Paul Morrissey (and
not of second unit director Antonio Margheriti, as genre fans never tire
Above all, Flesh for Frankenstein is a gorey and macabre genre
comedy with a political subtext, but also with a few scenes that, though
tongue-in-cheek, set new standards in the blood-and-guts department and
are definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Still, if you can accept the gore and some wild political ideas, you
will find a quite amusing and unusual genre comedy. Recommended.