MOVIE REVIEW: Andy Warhol's Flesh For Frankenstein 1973
This movie is a dark, slightly comedic take on the classic Mary Shelley Frankenstein story. Baron Frankenstein (my man Udo Kier) is a mad scientist on a quest to create the perfect Serbian man and woman "zombies" for procreation purposes. With his female counterpart all up and ready to go, he seeks out the perfect "parts" for the male counterpart. He is aided by his sidekick Otto (Arno Juerging), we all know every good Dr. Frankenstein needs a sidekick hahaha. The Baron is emotionally detached from his lusty sister/wife Baroness Katrin Frankenstein (Monique Van Vooren) , and is married to her in name only. They share two freakish children who are developing their own taste for the macabre. The movie picks up when The Baron and Otto find the perfect male specimen, farm hand (Srdjan Zelenovic) Sacha who is seriously considering joining a monastery because he basically has no interest in the opposite sex. Sacha is persuaded by his friend Nicholas (Joe Dallasandro) to visit a whorehouse before he makes a rash decision. Upon leaving the whorehouse, the men are ambushed by Dr. Frankenstein and Otto. Sacha's head is removed and Nicholas is left unconscious. When Nicholas awakes, he finds the remainder of his buddy's body and plans to leave the country. He goes to notify his employers, THE FRANKENSTEINS, of his impending departure and he is persuaded to stay by the Baroness herself. Nicholas of course discovers that the strange family may hold the key to finding out exactly what happened to his friend Sacha. No more spoilers from me y'all.
Again I say Netflix is the truth. I searched high and low for this movie for years before finding it on Netflix. In true cult classic fashion, this movie features blood, gore, and the requisite nudity. I would consider this film a beautiful mess, scenery is absolutely breath-taking but the acting sucks. Udo is great as usual and so are the two children but everyone else seems to be sleep-walking in this film. The funniest thing would be the fact that this movie is supposed to take place in Serbia but the Nicholas character has a stronger Brooklyn accent than Rosie Perez...every time he spoke I cracked up! The film starts off kind of slow, I almost turned it off..I'm glad I didn't! It got funnier and more bizarre towards the end. As far as gore goes, it's so unrealistic that I doubt anyone would become sick watching this movie. It does feature a slew of nudity...male and female full frontal. If you want to see a fun, campy, gore-filled mess, then this is your movie.
VERDICT: 2.5 Soul Claps
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