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?
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.
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, 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
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!