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Frankenstein Reborn

USA 2005
produced by
David Michael Latt, David Rimawi, Sherri Strain for The Asylum
directed by Leigh Scott
starring Rhett Giles, Thomas Downey, Joel Hebner, Eliza Swenson, Jeff Denton, Dan Kaplan, Christina Rosenberg, Sarah Lieving, Amanda Barton, Tim Travers, Matt Kawczynski, Monique Jones, Kandis Fay, Alicia Vigil, Lorielle New, Josh Sobotik, Steven B. Fish II, Kyle Redman, Dana DeArmond
screenplay by Leigh Scott, based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley, music by Regan, special makeup effects by Dizzworks Designs

Frankenstein

review by
Mike Haberfelner


Psychiatrist Dr Walton (Thomas Downey) is entrusted with evaluating whether or not Dr Victor Frank (Rhett Giles) is fit to be tried for murder or not, and while Victor seems totally clear in his mind, his story is more than a little messed up, apparently he tried to revolutionise medical science as such, by using nanotechnology to revive dead cells - and the process works quite well with his test subject, terminally ill and totally paralized Bryce (Joel Hebner), who bounces back to perfect physical health with remarkable speed ... but somehow part of Victor's brain gets uploaded into his head and he becomes more and more schizophrenic - to the point where Victor has to shoot him dead, but then to not lose funding revives him from the dead ... with some success, as reviving a dead human is an achievement in itself - but revived Bryce now looks like a proper monster, and he's a homicidal maniac with Victor's memories. So one of the first thing he does is he kills Victor's assistand Hank (Jeff Denton) and his girlfriend Elizabeth (Eliza Swenson), as they were having an affair behind Victor's back. Thing is, once Elizabeth is dead, the monster regrets what he has done and he and Victor team up to bring her back to life, but have to piece together a new body and thus numerous women are killed. Things get too out-of-hands though, and eventually, Victor, no stranger to suicidal tendencies, is afraid the monster might kill him and rather gives himself up to the police ...

Dr Walton is puzzled by Victor's story, as while it's totally crazy on one hand, it's also totally plausible in itself, not some mad rumblings of a madman but a compact, almost believable story. So he decides to investigate some more - but hey, that puts him at risk of actually running into the monster ...

 

Actually, this is quite an interesting modern day take on the Frankenstein tale that as a very welcome change doesn't overdo the updating, doesn't try too hard to bring modern science into the mix, and does not try to put a post-modern spin on it, and while it sure enough was influenced by classics from James Whale's Frankenstein to Re-Animator, it (while never reaching these movies in quality) manages to stand on its own. That said, unfortunately the film's not perfect, basically because while the film's tense enough and gruesome in all the right places, it at times lacks in terms of character motivation. First and foremost, the relationship between the monster and his master is in constant flux, at one point they seem to be working together, the next one wants to kill the other, likewise the monster kills Elizabeth - and it's premeditated murder, not just a crime of passion -, then does everything to help revive her ... and there are more examples like these.

That all said, the film's still good fun and does manage to hold its own in the mad scientist subgenre - it would just have benefitted from a couple or so rewrites ...

 

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