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Writers (WGA):
Brian Aldiss (novel)
Roger Corman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
2 November 1990 (USA) See more »
The ultimate weapon which was meant to be safe for the mankind produces global side effects including time slides and disappearances... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Hurt ... Dr. Joe Buchanan / Narrator

Raul Julia ... Dr. Victor Frankenstein

Nick Brimble ... The Monster

Bridget Fonda ... Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
Catherine Rabett ... Elizabeth Levenza, Victor's Fiancee

Jason Patric ... Lord George Gordon Byron
Michael Hutchence ... Percy Byshee Shelley
Catherine Corman ... Justine Moritz, Woman tried & condemmed as a witch
William Geiger ... Lab Technician
Mickey Knox ... General Reade
Myriam Cyr ... Information Officer
Terri Treas ... Buchanan's car (voice)
Cynthia Allison ... Newswoman
Isabella Rocchietta ... Dorrie
Matt Cassidy ... Boy #1
Hauck Bjorck ... Boy #2
Olga Angelo ... Girl #2
Geoffrey Copleston ... Secheron Innkeeper
John Karlsen ... Parson
Donald Hodson ... Old Man (as Donal Hodson)
Bruce McGuire ... Prosecutor
Grady Clarkson ... Judge
Andrew Newton ... Head Juror
Paul Weston ... Watchman
Brian Ames ... Urchin #1
Christopher Robertson ... Urchin #2
Peter Goetz ... Man #1

Nick Gillard ... Man #2 / Man #3
Cyrus Elias ... Werner, Levenza's Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Whittaker ... Stablehand (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Corman 
Writing credits
Brian Aldiss (novel) (as Brian W. Aldiss)

Roger Corman (screenplay) and
F.X. Feeney (screenplay)

Produced by
Jay Cassidy .... associate producer
Roger Corman .... producer
Kobi Jaeger .... producer
Laura J. Medina .... associate producer
Thom Mount .... producer
Original Music by
Carl Davis 
Cinematography by
Armando Nannuzzi 
Michael Scott 
Film Editing by
Mary Bauer 
Jay Cassidy  (as Jay Lash Cassidy)
Casting by
Caro Jones 
Production Design by
Enrico Tovaglieri 
Set Decoration by
Ennio Michettoni 
Costume Design by
Franca Zucchelli 
Makeup Department
Guiliana DeCarli .... makeup artist
Nick Dudman .... special makeup effects
Richard Glass .... standby contact lens optician
Romana Piolanti .... hair stylist
Suzanne Reynolds .... prosthetic makeup
Production Management
Luciano Balducci .... unit production manager
Bruno Mancinelli .... unit manager
Laura J. Medina .... unit production manager
Jeremy Stanford .... unit production manager: Los Angeles
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simona Bares .... third assistant director
Tony Brandt .... first assistant director
Thierry Notz .... second unit director
Mauro Sacripanti .... second assistant director
Art Department
Barbara Anne Bock .... storyboard artist
Keith Crossley .... storyboard artist
Giuseppe Mancarella .... property master
Gary Randall .... production designer: second unit
Sound Department
Gary Alper .... sound mixer
Stefano Bausano .... boom operator
Harry Cohen .... digital sound effects designer
Terry Fiyalko .... dialogue editor
Tim Gedemer .... digital sound effects editor
Lewis Goldstein .... adr editor (as Lew Goldstein)
Greg Hodge .... digital sound effects editor
George Johnsen .... post-production sound supervisor
Patrick Johnston .... post-production sound supervisor
Ossama Khuluki .... foley artist
Tanya McGinnis-Potvin .... foley recordist (as Tanya McGinnis)
Ken S. Polk .... sound re-recording mixer
Katie Rowe .... foley artist
Ann Scibelli .... digital sound effects editor
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Vaughn .... foley editor
Special Effects by
Renato Agostini .... set special effects
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... visual effects
Bruno George .... optical effects
Bret Mixon .... rotoscoping
Mark Sawicki .... matte photography
Robert Stromberg .... matte artist
Bill Taylor .... visual effects
David S. Williams Jr. .... optical effects
Corrado Burletta .... stunts
Domenico Cianfriglia .... stunts
Giovanni Cianfriglia .... stunts
Steve Dent .... stunts
Nick Gillard .... stunts
Chrissy Monk .... stunts
Marco Stefanelli .... stunts
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator
Silvano Zuddas .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tommaso Borgstrom .... assistant camera
Domenico Cavaliere .... gaffer
Ronnie Dennis .... first assistant camera
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Franco Rosignoli .... assistant camera
Guido Sagramoso .... assistant camera
Mario Tessarin .... key grip
Hans Visser .... camera operator
Casting Department
John Leamer .... additional casting (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Music Department
Carl Davis .... conductor
Peter Fuchs .... score recordist
Robert Hathaway .... music editor
Nic Raine .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Alessandro Gatti .... transportation captain
Other crew
Thomas 'Doc' Boguski .... production coordinator: USA
Robert C. Campion .... production controller
Clarita Di Giovanni .... script supervisor
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist
Roberto Gallarati .... location manager
Anne Nevin .... production coordinator
Raymond Tricker .... prosthetic mould designer
Ian Whittaker .... animatronics engineer
Wharton Winstead .... assistant to producer

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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Shot in seven weeks.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Dr. Buchanan (John Hurt) runs across the three slaughtered sheep in the woods at the beginning, closer inspection reveals that not only are they still alive, but asleep and breathing, and the supposed entrails are actually placed strategically on the sheep and not coming out from inside them.See more »
The Monster:What am I that you must destroy me?
Buchanan:An abomination, in the eyes of God.
The Monster:Then what are you?
Buchanan:I am...Frankenstein!
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Roger Cormans Masterpiece (In My Opinion), 10 January 2007
Author: CMRKeyboadist from Sleesburg, VA.

Frankenstein Unbound is one of those movies that is almost impossible to categorize. Part horror, part science fiction, part fantasy, and part comedy. And what is even more interesting is the cast of all stars. Roger Corman is able to put all of these together to form a truly mesmerizing film that you will never forget.

It is in the future. John Hurt plays Dr. Joe Buchanan, a slightly mad scientist who has developed a weapon for the government that harness's the power of a black hole. In the process, he has inadvertently created a worm hole that might destroy the world. On his way home from work, Buchanan is sucked into the hole and sent back in time to Europe 1812. It is here he meets Victor Frankenstein (played wonderfully by Raul Julia) and discovers that the story of Frankenstein's Monster is in fact a true story.

I believe what makes this movie so much fun is that as serious as the story appears to take itself it is actually rather humorous. Most of the scenes with the Monster in them are actually laugh out loud funny. There are a few scenes with the monster that just need to be seen to be fully understood as most of the movie is quite a bleak comedy. The ending to the movie is truly one of the bleakest endings I have ever seen.

For a Roger Corman film this is really well done. John Hurt and Raul Julia really compliment each other in this movie. It is too bad that Bridget Fonda and Jason Patric didn't have bigger roles in the movie as their characters are fascinating as well.

Well, I certainly enjoyed this film. I have watched it countless times throughout the years and I still have not grown tired of it. For me, truly a timeless film that I will watch many more times. 9/10

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