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Blackenstein (1973)

R | | Horror
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:
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Dr. Stein
Ivory Stone ...
Dr. Winifred Walker
Joe De Sue ...
Eddie Turner (as Joe DeSue)
Roosevelt Jackson ...
Malcomb
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Eleanor
Nick Bolin ...
Bruno Stragor
Karin Lind ...
Hospital Supervisor
Yvonne Robinson ...
Hospital Receptionist
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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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Black Frankenstein  »

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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

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 »

Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in American Horror Story: Mommy (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Divertimento No. 17, K. 334, v. Menuetto
(uncredited)
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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Uneven and Forgettable
10 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This kitschy blaxploitation film was originally intended as a serious movie, which (ultimately) earns it some points in the camp department. However, the movie's slow starting pacing pace, wooden acting, and (periodically) decent production value make for a largely uneventful ride. Using sets from the original 1931 "Frankenstein," as well as similar art direction, "Blackenstein" was a movie that tried hard to be legitimate, and the first half of the film rises above typical exploitation schlock. However, once the Blackenstein monster is created, the film begins to fall apart, and what follows is a terrible, "Blood Freak"-style horror movie, with laughably amateurish scene direction and gore effects. The result is a very uneven film, and a difficult one to recommend without reservations. The highlight is the awful acting, (particularly of Blackenstein himself), which makes for decent joke material, but I can't say we consistently laughed our way through this one. Fans of H.G. Lewis and Ray Dennis Steckler should be pleased, as the film has a somewhat similar feel, but most others can give it a pass. ---|--- Reviews by Flak Magnet


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