Lady Frankenstein (1971)

Article 1969 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-5-2006
Posting Date: 1-2-2007
Directed by Mel Welles and Aureeliano Luppi
Featuring Joseph Cotten, Rosalba Neri, Paul Muller

Frankenstein’s daughter gets a medical degree so she can help her father with his transplant experiments. When her father is killed by his own creation, she undertakes to continue his experiments on her own.

You know, for a sleazy low-budget stab at the Frankenstein story, this isn’t half bad; I find it a lot more palatable than FRANKENSTEIN’S CASTLE OF FREAKS, for example. It has its problems, of course. The character of the monster isn’t particularly well handled; though the dialogue talks about him consciously doing away with everyone responsible for him being a monster, he never acts in any way other than a mindless killing machine, and that is a disappointing choice. The movie ups the exploitation elements; there is quite a bit of gratuitous nudity here. The odd thing I find about his nudity is that it doesn’t start cropping up until Joseph Cotten’s character is dead; now I know that movies aren’t necessarily shot in order, but it made me feel as if maybe they didn’t want their name star to know just how sleazy the movie was going to be; this is probably just imagination on my part. Still, one of the most memorable scenes in the movie is sleazy and downright perverse, and that is when they decide to kill a handyman for the use of his body, and they do so at a very specific moment. The movie also features Mickey Hargitay, and was co-directed by Gravis Mushnik from THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.


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