Monday, September 20, 2010

Flesh For Frankenstein (1973)

After spending some time with Jack the Ripper, I decided it was time for a bit of an artistic change. With that in mind, it was a no brainer when I found Flesh For Frankenstein AKA Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein from 1973.

Plot / In Serbia, Baron Frankenstein lives with the Baroness and their two children. He dreams of a super-race, returning Serbia to its grand connections to ancient Greece. In his laboratory, assisted by Otto, he builds a desirable female body, but needs a male who will be superbody and superlover. He thinks he has found just the right brain to go with a body he's built, but he's made an error, taking the head of a gay aesthete. Meanwhile, the Baroness has her lusts, and she fastens on Nicholas, a friend of the dead lad. Can the Baron pull off his grand plan? He brings the two zombies together to mate. Meanwhile, Nicholas tries to free his dead friend.

When I stumbled upon this the other day I had to admit that my memories of the film were vague, now that I have seen it again it is clear that I enjoyed it even more this time than I did the last. It is almost like this movie just gets better and better as the years go by with a amazing mixture of gore, humor, horror, sex and subversion. While this retelling of the story may be the most unusual adaptation to hit the big screen, the combination of comedy has it all. There is incest, necrophilia, bloody stitches, stomachs, impalements, severed body parts, rape, nudity and sex. The acting is solid with Udo Kier doing an amazing campy rendition of the Baron. The ending is a bit of a mess, some of the plot may be a bit over the top and the cinematography a bit rough, but those flaws are easily overlooked. Yes, this movie is not for everyone, but then again, neither was Warhol’s work, yet it still stands the test of time! Any horror fan must check this one out!

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