Mini-Review: Frankenstein 1970

Written by Richard H. Landau, George Worthing Yates
Directed by Howard W. Koch
Starring Boris Karloff, Tom Duggan, Jana Lund, Don “Red” Barry
US Release July 20, 1958
RT 83 min.
Home Video Warner Brothers
Classic Horrors rating = 7 (out of 10)

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Victor Frankenstein (Boris Karloff), the great-great grandson of the original Frankenstein, rents his castle in Germany to a television crew in order to finance his experiments. This time, it’s an atomic reactor that will breathe life into the human being he creates, and he’s putting the finishing touches on it with body parts from his guests.

Frankenstein 1970 is an example of “meta,” before meta was a thing. Twice, there’s a movie within a movie, and we’re not necessarily aware of it at first. (I have a theory that the entire thing is a movie within a movie, but we never pull back to see it being made.) Karloff looks great and the 1958 version of how the “future” (1970) appears is both clever and funny. (I love the garbage disposal/toilet thing.)  It’s very entertaining.

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