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1973 (USA) See more »
To Stop This Mutha Takes One Bad Brutha See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Hart ... Dr. Stein
Ivory Stone ... Dr. Winifred Walker
Joe De Sue ... Eddie Turner (as Joe DeSue)
Roosevelt Jackson ... Malcomb

Andrea King ... Eleanor
Nick Bolin ... Bruno Stragor
Karin Lind ... Hospital Supervisor
Yvonne Robinson ... Hospital Receptionist
Bob Brophy ... Hospital Attendant

Liz Renay ... 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)
Marva Farmer ... Couple in Alley
Robert L. Hurd ... Couple in Alley
James Cousar ... Police Sgt. 'Jackson' (as Jim Cousar)
Don Brodie ... Police Lieutenant
Dale Bach ... Girl in Dune Buggy

Directed by
William A. Levey 
Writing credits
Frank R. Saletri (written by)

Produced by
Frank R. Saletri .... producer
Ted Tetrick .... executive producer
Original Music by
Cardella Di Milo  (as Cardella DeMilo)
Lou Frohman 
Cinematography by
Robert Caramico (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William A. Levey  (as Bill Levey)
Makeup Department
Gordon Freed .... makeup creator
Gerald Soucie .... makeup staff (as Jerry Soucie)
Production Management
F.A. Miller .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Goldman .... second assistant director
Paul Heslin .... assistant director
Art Department
Bud Costello .... property master
Sound Department
Dick Damon .... production sound
Ray Hill .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Frank R. Saletri .... special electronic effects
Ken Strickfaden .... special electronic effects
Jay Goldner .... stunts
Robert L. Hurd .... stunts
Joe Pronto .... stunt advisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Isenberg .... assistant camera (as Bob Isenberg)
Larry Lapointe .... gaffer (as Larry Lapoint)
Frank Smith .... best boy
Stuart A. Spohn .... electrician (as Stu Spohn)
Carl Tunberg .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon Lally .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
M. Indergand .... assistant editor
Other crew
Don Brodie .... assistant to producer
Edward A. Inferrera .... production assistant
William Munns .... prosthetics constructor (as Bill Munns)
Judy Redlin .... script supervisor (as Judy Redland)
Frank R. Saletri .... presenter
Christine Triff .... production secretary

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Divertimento No. 17, K. 334, v. MenuettoSee more »


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Pimp My Mary Shelley!, 20 January 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

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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