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Blackenstein (1973)

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Eddie is a Vietnam veteran who loses his arms and legs when he steps on a land mine, but a brilliant surgeon is able to attach new limbs. Unfortunately an insanely jealous assistant (who ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hart ...
Dr. Stein
Ivory Stone ...
Dr. Winifred Walker
Joe De Sue ...
Eddie Turner (as Joe DeSue)
Roosevelt Jackson ...
Malcomb
...
Eleanor
Nick Bolin ...
Bruno Stragor
Karin Lind ...
Hospital Supervisor
Yvonne Robinson ...
Hospital Receptionist
John Dennis ...
Hospital Attendant (as Bob Brophy)
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Couple in Bed
Gerald Soucie ...
Couple in Bed (as Jerry Soucie)
Beverly Haggerty ...
Couple in Car
Daniel Fauré ...
Couple in Car (as Daniel Faure)
Andy C ...
Nightclub Comedian (as Andy 'C')
Cardella Di Milo ...
Nightclub Singer (as Cardella DeMilo)
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Eddie is a Vietnam veteran who loses his arms and legs when he steps on a land mine, but a brilliant surgeon is able to attach new limbs. Unfortunately an insanely jealous assistant (who has fallen in love with Eddie's fiance) switches Eddie's DNA injections, transforming him into a gigantic killer. Written by Scott Murdock <scott@blairlake.com>

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Warning! To people with weak hearts... No doctors or nurses in attendance. See more »

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Both director William Levey and actor John Hart have stated that Joe De Sue was actually a one-time client of producer Frank R. Saletri, a former criminal lawyer trying to break into show business. See more »

Goofs

Eddie's arms and legs were blown off by a land mine. When he is unloaded from the ambulance at Dr. Stein's home, his legs and feet are clearly visible underneath the sheet. See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits roll in reverse: downwards instead of the usual upwards. See more »

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I Can't Find No One to Love Me
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by 'Cardella di Milo'
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Pimp My Mary Shelley!
20 January 2008 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Nothing's sacred in the world of exploitation cinema, not even Mary Shelley's legendary novel or the classic Universal make-up effects on Boris Karloff. And thank the heavens for that, otherwise we never would have seen this wondrously demented Blaxploitation interpretation of Frankenstein. "Blackenstein" is a delightfully inept movie, some would even categorize it under so-bad-it's-great, and the script goes far beyond simply copying the original Shelley tale. There are even flashes of "The Island of Dr. Moreau" to be found here and there's another mini sub-plot about a rejuvenation serum. The actual Frankenstein plot is moderately altered as well, since the mad doctors (yes, two in this case, black & white brotherly messing with Mother Nature and God's creation together!) don't intend to re-insert life into dead body parts, but supply a wounded Vietnam veteran with new arms and legs. The procedure doesn't go as planned, due to the sabotaging of a jealous assistant, and a monstrous creation arises from the operating table. The genetically altered Brutha goes on a murder rampage but his endearing wife still doesn't give up on him. "Blackenstein" is original and funny because of its ineptness, but after a while it nearly becomes unendurable to sit through. The pace slows down fast and the story reverts to boredom, the dialogs are horrible, the make-up effects are miserable and the acting performances are lamentable. Especially Roosevelt Jackson, as Malcomb the assistant, is the hammiest performer I've seen in a long time. The DVD states that the operating sequences were shot with the same and carefully persevered scenery and sets of the original Frankenstein film. That's quite difficult to believe but, as said, everything's possible in the 70's exploitation industry. "Blackenstein" is definitely not a good film, but nevertheless recommended to people with a morbid & insatiable curiosity for weird film-making.


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