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Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

The ultimate weapon, which was meant to be safe for humankind, produces global side-effects, including time slides and disappearances. The scientist behind the project and his car are ... See full summary »

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The ultimate weapon, which was meant to be safe for humankind, produces global side-effects, including time slides and disappearances. The scientist behind the project and his car are transported from the year 2031 to 1817's Switzerland, where he finds Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his contemporaries. Written by Kimmo Ketolainen <kk@iki.fi>

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2 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Frankenstein perdido en el tiempo  »

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$11,500,000 (estimated)

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$334,748 (USA)
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The title is a reference to the full title of Mary Shelley's original novel ("Frankenstein - or, The Modern Prometheus") and Percy Bysshe Shelley's lyrical drama "Prometheus Unbound". See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Buchanan meets up with Lord Byron in the grounds at his estate, quite visible in the background is a car driving across a bridge. Buchanan wasn't the only person, it seems, to own a car in 1817. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Victor Frankenstein: Sins? What sins? I am a scientist - I cannot sin. She MUST die! The truth is too unbearable.
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Version of Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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What was the budget for this one?
24 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I saw this film for one reason--it was directed by Roger Corman. He has had an amazing ability as a producer and director to make the absolute most of every single penny--making amazingly good films for rock-bottom prices. This was his first time directing in almost two decades--and that's more than enough reason to see the film.

This version of "Frankenstein" is different than most because of instead of setting it about the time of Mary Shelly's novel in the early 19th century, this one sets the story in the near future--at least in the beginning. However, this sci-fi aspect, the gorgeous scenery as well as some decent actors (requiring higher salaries) make this a film that MUST have been relatively expensive for a Corman film. Unfortunately, IMDb does not list what the film cost to make.

Dr. Joe Buchanan (John Hurt) is a guy who makes weapons for the Defense Department! However, his weapon has weird side effects and inexplicably transports him (and his majorly cool car) to 1817--where he meets up with Dr. Frankenstein! Now I sure didn't see THAT coming! What makes this more interesting is that this is not some parallel world--there really was a Dr. Frankenstein AND Buchanan gets to also meet Mary Shelley--the lady who wrote the novel! It seems that her inspiration was very close to the book--the doctor DID work on reviving the dead. However, unlike the reckless guy in the novel, this doctor was not irresponsible...he was EVIL! So, you get to see Buchanan interacting with both the author and her worthless friends, Byron and Percy Shelley, as well as the monster and the mad doctor! It's all VERY strange--but oddly interesting.

Is this a great film? No. The ending is pretty cool--but also pretty weird and out there! But, what I really appreciate is that it took the original story and completely redid it in an interesting and novel manner. Worth seeing and STRANGE!!


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