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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 overview, first billed only:
John Hart ...
Dr. Stein
Ivory Stone ...
Dr. Winifred Walker
Joe De Sue ...
Eddie Turner (as Joe DeSue)
Roosevelt Jackson ...
Nick Bolin ...
Bruno Stragor
Karin Lind ...
Hospital Supervisor
Yvonne Robinson ...
Hospital Receptionist
John Dennis ...
Hospital Attendant (as Bob Brophy)
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)


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 <>

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The set used for Dr. Stein's lab uses items from Universal's original Frankenstein (1931). See more »


The ranks of the policemen are listed incorrectly in the credits. James Cousar is listed as Police Sgt. 'Jackson', although he plays Police Lieutenant Jim Jackson. Don Brodie is simply listed as Police Lieutenant, although he plays Police Captain Tucker in the film. See more »

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


Referenced in Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »


Divertimento No. 17, K. 334, v. Menuetto
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Fritz Reiner
Plays during the dinner scene with Dr. Walker and Dr. Stein at 0:08:05.
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Malcomb in the Middle
25 February 2005 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

A rather abysmal, plodding Blaxplotation reworking of the Frankenstein myth - sort of - best describes this 70s offering. Probably trying to latch on to the success of Blacula(a rather good film), Blackenstein tells the story of a limbless Vietnam vet named Eddie returning only to be the guinea pig of a Nobel Peace prize winning doctor. Strange that he won the Peace prize for his work with DNA, but let's push logic aside for now. The director of this film sure did. It seems that Eddie's girl, winsome Winifred Walker, a doctor with a PH.D in physics once worked under the renowned Dr. Stein. She appeals for help with her man, but things go awry when manservant Malcomb tries to thwart the romance because he is in desperate love with Winnie. The result - a hulking limbful(OK, I don't think its a word either)"creature" wearing a black suit he inexplicably picked up somewhere in just his size and styling around with a square-cut afro emerges with a zest for killing and ripping entrails from the bodices of newly slain women. Although on the surface this might seem like grand entertainment, the director and cast do an amazing job of breathing as little life into this film as possible. The site of the good doctor's work is seemingly in a country estate, but later we hear from two policeman, not unlike members of the mob, that murders have been happening in the nearby vicinity. Nearby vicinity - a hospital, residential homes, and an ethnic night club are all in the vicinity as well as a power plant(?). Scenes are very hard to see as there is virtually no lighting of any real value. The music score is dreadful. Clanging and suspenseful chords can be heard when nothing happens. And just wait until you hear that ridiculous heartbeat! The actors are dreadful. None of them are very good. The guy playing Dr. Stein looks casually interested in his role. Roosevelt Jackson is interesting as Malcomb, but he is definitely no actor. The special effects consist of the old lab equipment of Kenneth Strickfaden that was used in the 30's Frankenstein films. It looks very out of place in a modern setting. The worst part of this film though is its relentless plodding from one uninteresting scene to another. Nothing really is ever explained, the victims and their slayings are awfully executed, and the ending - what was that all about? It definitely had gone to the dogs at that point! If you are looking for something akin to fun "trash" from that decade famous for just that, I think you will be greatly disappointed with Blackenstein.

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