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Frankenstein (Joseph Cotten) and his assistant Charles (Paul Muller)
are preparing everything for their penultimate experiment - transplanting
a human brain and heart into a dead body and bring it to life again -,
when Frankenstein's daughter Tania (Rosalba Neri) - whom Charles is
secretly in love with - comes back from university. Interestingly enough
though, she is not in the least shocked by her father's experiments - and
his resulting need of more and more dead bodies - but wants to help since
she too is a surgeon. However, Frankenstein and Charles do exclude her
from their final experiment, when they really give their creature (Paul
Whiteman) life - and it's all for the better, because the creature, with
the damaged brain of a hanged murderer (Petar Martinovitch), turns out to
be a homicidal maniac, killing good baron Frankenstein almost immediately
after his rebirth, then escaping to kill some villagers.
It turns out though that the creature is far from completely mad
because he kills primarily those responsible for his new lease of life
(why though escapes me), including Frankenstein's regular gang of
graverobbers (including Herbert Fux at his most despicable), and it's only
a question of time before he will return to castle Frankenstein to finish
what he has begun and kill Charles and Tania.
So Tania comes up with a great (!) idea: To make Charles into another
creature using the body of their handsome gardener Thomas (Marino Masé)
which is supposed to be as strong as the first creature and therefore has
the power to kill him. Charles is understandably not all that excited
about Tania's idea but since she marries him as a sort of advance thank
you, he gives in, and even kills Thomas with his own hands (in a rather
macabre scene: As a sort of lure, Tania is actually shagging Thomas at the
time and seems to have the orgasm of a lifetime when she feels the body of
Thomas slowly dieing).
Somehow, Tania's plan seems to work out, because when the creature
finally comes back to the castle, Charles in Thomas' body puts up quite a
fight, and with the help of Tania, he manages to kill him ... and only
then does Charles realize he was only used by Tania - but being overly
excited after the fight, the two have sex nevertheless. Meanwhile though,
a mob of torch-carrying villagers, who have of course long found out that
the creature was created by Frankenstein and now want revenge, sets the
castle on fire.
Tania and Charles are still at it when everything in the castle catches
fire, but all of a sudden Charles decides he will no longer be thze
spineless man he always has been, and right during sex, he strangles Tania
Strongman Mickey Hargitay plays a police inspector who by and by
manages to unravel the truth - but not fast enough to save anyone ...
There is no doubt about it, Lady Frankenstein is Eurotrash, and
you can tell by merely watching a few minutes of it, it's sensationalist,
gory and underbudgeted, it features quite a bit of nudity, much of the
outdoor shots were done on location instead of the studio of studio lot,
and the special effects are not always up to it. However, whether or not
you like Eurotrash as such, Lady Frankenstein is one of the better
films of the genre, the direction is solid, the script might be a tad
silly but is actually rather stringent, and most of the actors turn in at
least decent performances (even Mickey Hargitay actually). That said, Lady
Frankenstein sure enough is no masterpiece, but it's totally