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Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove

USA 2005
produced by
William Winckler for William Winckler Productions
directed by William Winckler
starring G.Larry Butler, William Winckler, Dizzi Rae Ascalon, Corey Marshall, Gary Canavello, Alison Lees-Taylor, Lawrence Furbish, Rich Knight, Mimma Mariucci, George Lindsey jr, Noush D., Selena Silver, Tera Cooley, Carla Harvey, Michael Anton, Kaiwi Lyman, Tom Ingram, John Abiskaron, Lisa Hammer, Sandra Dease, David Gerrold, Raven De La Croix, Lloyd Kaufman, Ron Jeremy, Butch Patrick, Mel Lewis, Jim Adan, Maria Salvati
written by William Winckler, (allegedly) inspired by Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley, music by Mel Lewis, special effects by Creatures by Night

Frankenstein

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Photographer Bill (William Winckler) and his assistants Dezzirae (Dezzi Rae Ascalon) and Percy (Gary Canavello) are shooting swimsuit- and nude pics of a model (Carla Harvey) on Blood Cove ... when all of a sudden the model is attacked and killed by an amphibian creature (Corey Marshall). Bill and company manage to make an escape to the nearest house, incidently Doctor Lazaroff's (G.Larry Butler) secret lab, who just happens to have just revived Frankenstein's monster (Lawrence Furbish), who fights the creature to a standstill. Our heroes are saved, but now the good Doctor and his assistants - Ula (Alison Lees-Taylor), Salisbury (Rich Knight) & Mimi (Mimma Mariucci) - won't let them leave, even force them to stay at gunpoint.

But what's the meaning of all this ?

Doctor Lazaroff wanted to build the ultimate monster, to fight terrorism for good. This monster was the Creature, but the creature got a mind of its own, killed somebody and escaped the lab to nearby Blood Cove. So, being short of a monster and pressed on time, the Doctor and his gang went to Shellvania to unearth Frankenstein's monster, revive and brainwash it and use it as their monster from now on. However, the monster develops a mind of its own as well, and starts believing that Dezzirae is his bride. Especially after the Monster ahs refought and killed the creature, things really get out of hand, when it starts killing all kinds of people who stand in its way, Salisbury and Mimi included, and even tranquilizer guns lose its effect on the monster. And to top it all off, Lazaroff seems to be losing his mind, starting hallucinating about the ghost of Frankenstein (Corey Marshall again) - the Doctor, not the monster.

In the end, the monster goes so far as to even kill Lazaroff, who has brought it back to life, then though the ghost of Frankenstein appears, and strangles the monster to death.

The world is saved once more, and our heroes with it, but as ghosts, the monster, the creature and Lazaroff engage in a threeway wrestling match ...

 

A hommage to old monster movies from the 1940's and 50's, garnered with a bit of nudity, shot in glorious black and white, a film that refuses itself to CGI-effects instead features old fashioned men-in-plastic-monstersuits, a monster film that is perfectly aware of its silly plot and refuses to take itself seriously for even one minute ... this could have been great.

Unfortunately, Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove isn't. Many of its jokes just fail to work, some scenes are dragged out for way too long (especially the rather lame monster-fights), and the whole film - at 90 minutes - could have done with a shorter running time and maybe dropping of some of its subplots (there is a reason why whese old fashioned monster B's all ran between 60 and 75 minutes).

That said, the film is still worth a chuckle or two (at least the final scene where the ghosts of the monster, the creature and Lazaroff fight each other is good fun), and I have seen way worse - however, it just doesn't live up to the high expectations invoked by the great title alone.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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