“No one has come as close as I, understanding the secret of life, intelligently created. My mistakes have been few, but I learned from every one.” It’s always good to learn from your mistakes, right? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they check out Flesh for Frankenstein (1973), first released in the US in 3D as Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein!
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 157 – Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
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Baron Frankenstein creates two “zombies” – one male, one female – planning to mate them in order to create a master race.IMDb
- Director: Paul Morrissey; Antonio Margheriti (credited on some italian prints for quota purposes)
- Writers: Paul Morrissey; (characters from the novel by) Marry Shelley; Tonino Guerra (uncredited); Pat Hackett (uncredited)
- Special Effects: Carlo Rambaldi
- Selected cast:
- Udo Kier as Baron Von Frankenstein
- Joe Dallesandro as Nicholas, The Stableboy
- Arno Jürging as Otto, The Baron’s Assistant
- Monique van Vooren as Baroness Katrin Frankenstein
- Dalila Di Lazzaro as Female Monster
- Srdjan Zelenovic as Sacha / Male Monster, Nicholas’ Friend
- Marco Liofredi as Erik, The Baron’s Son
- Nicoletta Elmi as Monica, The Baron’s Daughter
- Liù Bosisio as Olga, The Maid
- Cristina Gaioni as Farmer, Nicholas’ Girlfriend
This one is Doc’s pick. He had long wanted to watch it so when it dropped onto Shudder, it also dropped immediately into the Decades of Horror 1970s schedule. Doc describes his watch of Flesh for Frankenstein as truly an experience. He goes on to call Udo Kier’s performance something to behold and expresses his appreciation for Carlo Rambaldi’s effects work. Flesh for Frankenstein is so much fun in 3D that Bill enjoyed it at first, despite its bad dialogue. He thinks it has a great beginning and a great last ten minutes, and Udo Kier is amazing but it’s a weird, weird movie in the style of a 1970s European comedy. Jeff saw Flesh for Frankenstein during its initial 3D theatrical release. Even as a nineteen-year-old, it was not the nudity that stuck in his mind. It was a very specific 3D gore shot that took up residence in his memory. Chad hated Flesh for Frankenstein the first time he saw it and he still doesn’t understand the point. It’s one film he just can’t get behind. And is Baroness Katrin Frankenstein the Baron’s sister or his wife or both? It’s so confusing.
If you’ve never seen, as Bill puts it, this weird, weird film or you would like to refresh your memory, now might be the time to do so. As of this writing, Flesh for Frankenstein is available to stream on Shudder, and a 4K UHD disc is forthcoming from Vinegar Syndrome.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Blood for Dracula (1974), aka Andy Warhol’s Dracula chosen by Jeff. Let’s just get it over with.
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