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Frankenstein Island

USA 1981
produced by
Robert Christopher, Jerry Warren for Chriswar, Cerito Films
directed by Jerry Warren
starring Robert Clarke, Robert Christopher, Tain Bodkin, Patrick O'Neil, Katherine Victor, Cameron Mitchell, Steve Brodie, George Mitchell, John Carradine, Andrew Duggan, Dana Norbeck, Laurel Johnson, Richard Banks, James Webb, Marla Conner, Donna Green, Vic Schneider
written by Jaques Lecouter (= Jerry Warren)


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A quartet of baloonists (Robert Clarke, Robert Christopher, Tain Bodkin, Patrick O'Neil) have to make an emergency landing on an uncharted island that's inhabited by a tribe of beautiful bikini-clad young women, who later turn out to be the descendants of aliens for no apparent reason, and Sheila (Katherine Victor), the daughter of Frankenstein (John Carradine), and her merry men, which include her 200 year old husband Van Helsing (George Mitchell), through whom she remains in telepathic contact with her long-dead father.

Thing is, Van Helsing is dying, so Sheila needs one of the baloonists, Doc (Robert Clarke), a brilliant scientist apparently, to prolong his life, giving him blood from the island girls (who usually die in the process) and animals. Doc's friends meanwhile start building a raft to get away from here, but once they are finished, Doc doesn't want to come with them, and it all amounts to a fight baloonists and island girls versus Sheila Frankenstein, her henchmen, and her creatures. Eventually, the baloonists' side wins the upper hand, but by that time, dead Frankenstein has long raised his original monster from the dead to wreak havoc on everything, and only with luck, our four heroes - including Doc, who apparently was under some kind of hypnotic spell - manage to escape the island. Later they return to the island with the authorities, but now they find it deserted ... for no particular reason.

Veteran actor Cameron Mitchell plays a prisoner of Sheila Frankenstein who can constantly be heard Edgar Allen Poe.


If you think that my synopsis does not make the least bit of sense, then I have summed up the film correctly - Frankenstein Island does make no sense, but that's part of the movie's charm, along with its cheapness, less-than-special effects, less than exotic island locactions, lack of directorial ambition, cast of veterans and has-beens and the like. And don't forget John Carradine (whose scenes were shot in Mexico seperate from the main action in possibly no more than a couple of hours), whose face is superimposed over the action every now and again and who utters lines so ridiculous and non-sensical they rival Bela Lugosi's in Glen or Glenda.

Having said all of this, there are of course no two ways about it, Frankenstein Island is a bad film, a terrible film even - and that's exactly what makes it so irresistible for bad movie enthusiasts like myself and totally enjoyable with the company of a few friends and a few beers.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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