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Frankenstein Island (1981)

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When a hot-air balloon crashes on a remote island, the crew discovers Dr. Frankenstein's ancestor carrying on the family work, along with a race of mutants and a population of Amazons.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Clarke ...
Dr. Paul Hadley
Steve Brodie ...
Jocko
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Clay Jayson
Robert Christopher ...
Mark Eden
Tain Bodkin ...
Curtis Ryan
Patrick O'Neil ...
Dino
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The Colonel
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Katherine Victor ...
Sheila Frankenstein von Helsing (as Kathrin Victor)
George Mitchell ...
Dr. von Helsing
Dana Norbeck ...
Jungle Girl
Laurel Johnson ...
Jungle Girl
Richard Banks ...
Angus
James Webb
Marla Conner ...
Jungle Girl
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When a hot-air balloon crashes on a remote island, the crew discovers Dr. Frankenstein's ancestor carrying on the family work, along with a race of mutants and a population of Amazons. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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The power is 7,000,000 volts--it's alive!

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This would be the final film project for Jerry Warren. See more »

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Dr. von Helsing: The power will start again! The backup brain was hidden years ago, just in case!
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Anti-perfection begets perfection...
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John Carradine once stated that "BILLY THE KID VERSUS DRACULA" had to be his all-time worst film. I am assuming, with all due evidence, that he never saw the final cut (or any cut, for that matter) of "FRANKENSTEIN ISLAND".

Quite possibly, this may be our finest piece of cinematic flourish. You won't find a study of it in any film class, which really makes one question the need for such studies, and very little referrence in books. This one registers "off the blicker" one-hundred percent.

Say what you will about the effects, acting, scenery, bikini-clad babes, zombies with ski-knit caps, erroneous use of John Carradine footage, men who wear a scarf (yet, are not gay), horrible dialogue, Cameron Mitchell's eye-patch, et cetera, et cetera... I have to say that this is one of the most entertaining films, I have ever seen. If you lower the bar, low enough, you can't go wrong. A true curiousity, for those lacking curiousity.

You've gotta love any film with the name "Frankenstein" in the title, that holds back the appearance of said monster until 78 minutes into it. Now, that's either a great example of commitment, or lack of budget. Who can really decide?

"FRANKENSTEIN ISLAND" was made in 1981, yet it looks like something out of the late '50's to mid '60's. A definite time warp. But, then again, that's Jerry Warren for you. The man's got style.

It's impossible to parody such a film, as it is the perfect parody of itself. Does it really take itself seriously, or are we fools for thinking it does? Perhaps, the joke is on us, the whole time. Either way, this film is brilliant. A definite must see for any enthusiastic or non-enthusiastic film enthusiasts.

It's not worth that much, but I urge you to see it for all it's worth. This film will either p**s you off, entertain you or, like a sliced onion, bring tears to your eyes. From a logical standpoint, there is no doubt that this may be one of the worst films ever made, but let's be logical about it... a film that bears that distinction could, in fact, be one of the best films ever made.

My philosophy: Expect nothing, and get everything.


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