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Frankenstein: Day of the Beast

USA 2011
produced by
Mark Harris, Andrew C. Mathews, John Vitiritti, Ricarcdo Islas, John Marinopoulos (executive), Elias Plakias (executive), Robyn Starr (executive) for Alpha Studios, Thespis
directed by Ricardo Islas
starring Michelle Shields, Adam Stephenson, Tim Krueger, Chris Margetis, Paul Barile, Mat Labotka, Wesley Saint Louis, Drake Mafestta, Mike Fisher, Shannon Edwards, Suzy Brack, Frank Warpeha, Ruth Terefe, Bruce Spielbauer, Ticia Martyr, James S.Evans, Jay Disney, Brian Connelly, John Vitiritti, Jeffrey Swanson
screenplay by Ricardo Islas, based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley, musib by Jesus Rueda, Alexander Scriabin, Panos Kabarnos, special makeup effects by John Vitiritti, Lauren Alexis Murra, Brian Thomson, Ticia Martyr, visual effects by David Pellenz

Frankenstein

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Victor Frankenstein (Adam Stephenson) marries his fiancée Elizabeth (Michelle Shields), but there are so many things wrong about this ceremony, like why aren't there any wedding guests? Why does this church seem to be abandoned? Why is the island the church is on unpopulated? And why has Victor brought quite so many guards who seem to be no more than cutthroats with him? And why are these men constantly on edge?

And why is a monster (Tim Krueger) suddenly attacking the church and killing the priest (James S.Evans)? And why, if Victor's guards vastly outnumber the monster, does he insist that they all try to make an escape from the monster through a secret tunnle?

Victor explains: He has created an artificial human (he doesn't go into too much detail how), but the creature turned against its master, basically for not accepting it. Too bad then that the monster is virtually indestructible, is a cannibal, and has sworn to rape Elizabeth on their wedding day.

The monster has soon made it to the secret tunnle, and when Victor, Elizabeth and Victor's thugs have reached a dead end, they decide to blow the monster up with gunpowder - and they send Victor back to set the trap (even though he insists that won't kill the monster). Then they light the gunpowder before Victor has come back to safety - much to the dismay of Elizabeth, who still feels something for Victor and thus stays behind to try and save Victor while the others escape through an airshaft they have just found.

Victor has indeed survived the explosion ... but so has the monster, which sure was blown to bits, but the bits have developed a life of their own and soon reassemble ...

Victor's thugs soon have to realize the monster has survived the explosion, as it starts killing again, but as they know what the monster wants, they take Elizabeth hostage to exchange her for their freedom. However, everything comes much worse ... 

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Finally!

Finally, someone dares to make an old-fashioned period horror movie again. And I mean old-fashioned in the best possible sort of way: The story is not drowned in CGI effects, there is at best very little handheld camerawork, the cinematography doesn't try to be flashy more than anything else, there aren't explosions every five minutes, the editing of action scenes is not disorienting, and the plot of the film stays neither too close to the book it's based on nor is it a postmodern reinterpretation.

What you get instead is a well-told, expertly paced and compactly directed movie that's pretty much based on the finale of Mary W.Shelley's Frankenstein (with a few major changes), and that features fleshed-out characters (especially Elizabeth, a minor character in the book, as played by Michelle Shields) acting believably in, well, not so believable situations (but hey, that's horror for you).

In all a bright light in a rather dark era for classic period horrors, and most certainly recommended!

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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