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Friday, November 4, 2011

The Frankenstein Syndrome (2010)



After doing some sorting and cleaning, I decided to kick back and see something more modern than flicks on my Pure Terror Collection. My selection for the evening was the 2010 independent entry The Frankenstein Syndrome.


Plot/ A group of researchers conducting illegal stem cell research discover a cell anomaly that has the potential to regenerate dead tissue. Unable to conduct legal human trials, the researchers turn to corpses to test their serum.



This modernized (but loose) adaptation of the Mary Shelley classic is definitely an interesting interpretation (especially with how controversial stem cell research is). Sure, there were some flaws, with some uneven pacing (it did plod along in some parts), little to no gore and varying character development (some were just a bit too rigid). However, there were some good points that took to a level above many direct to DVD entries. The screenplay was solid with pretty good dialogue, the acting decent and there was enough violence to make it make it more exciting than the typical Frankenstein-type flick (although, I did feel more Re-Animator than Frankenstein). In the end, this movie was much better than I expected and was actually decently entertaining. If you are a fan of Frankenstein, check it out. While it strays from the original story, the ideal that sits at the heart of this modern take may be more taboo than the classic philosophical debate.



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