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Director Richard Raaphorst’s “Frankenstein’s Army” has had a long and arduous road to screen, and thanks to the promise of a bizarre plot and Nazi biomechanical monsters, has built up a definite sense of anticipation amongst horror fans. The film is Raaphorst’s first feature, following up on a series of popular shorts charting back to “Zombi 1” in 1995, and a career in the art department, having worked on “Beyond Re-Animator”, “Dagon” and others. Having finally emerged, the film has played at a variety of genre festivals, largely to fan approval, and lands shortly on region 2 DVD through Entertainment One. Behind the amusingly pulpy premise of having a descendant of Frankenstein (Czech actor Karel Roden, a recognisable character actor seen in the likes of “Hellboy” and “A Lonely Place to Die”) working for the Nazis during World War II to create a monster army lies a very basic story, »
- James Mudge
Before making his feature directorial debut with Frankenstein's Army, Richard Raaphorst started out as a title designer and a conceptual artist on films such as Beyond Re-Animator and Black Book. After directing a handful of shorts, the filmmaker brings his unique visual style to Frankenstein's Army, which follows a group of Russian soldiers who discover Viktor (Karel Roden) and his terrifying undead army at the tail end of World War II. I recently had the chance to speak with the director over the phone about this compelling genre mashup, currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. Here's what he had to say.
Can you talk about when you first had the idea for this story, and how long it took you to come up with the script?
Richard Raaphorst: I always had a big fascination with horror, »
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
If you think you’ve seen every possible extrapolation of the found footage concept, think again.
Richard Raaphorst’s Frankenstein’s Army may do its best to adhere to a first-person camera perspective, but it’s crazed mixture of classic old-school Gothic horror, steam-punk monsters and extravagant gore effects ensure that it feels fresher than other recent forays in the genre. While there’s not exactly a good reason that Army need be a found footage film, the approach doesn’t inhibit what Raaphorst is up to, and on more than one occasion it allows him to have a certain degree of trashy fun with the concept. Whether this ends up being to the delight of the audience, or at their expense, will depend entirely on the squeamishness of the viewer.
It’s the waning days of WWII and we are behind German lines with a »
- Nathan Bartlebaugh
.War is Hell. This place is worse.. I often find myself writing about bad trailers and apologizing for them because I enjoy the subject matter, or speaking condescendingly to decent trailers for films I have no interest in. And then we have the completely bonkers films that seem to asexually develop in cauldrons over in left field before bubbling out over into the sub-mainstream. These are the films that I wait an entire year for. The most recent example of this cinematic subsection is Dutch director Richard Raaphorst.s gore-tastic horror film Frankenstein.s Army, and it starts witb the screenplay, which was conceived by Raaphorst and screenwriter Miguel Tejada-Flores, who wrote for the films Screamers, Revenge of the Nerds, and Beyond Re-Animator, where Raaphorst was a conceptual artist. (Tejada-Flores later finalized the script with Chris W. Mitchell.) There is no real track record to follow for anyone involved, but »
Where does Frankenstein keep his monster’s armies? Anywhere he likes…they’re detachable…Hahahaha! But seriously this poster is terrifying. A horde of monsters assembled from bits of members of the dead club going to war. We’ve seen zombie Nazis in films such as Dead Snow and Outpost, so how about some Nazi Frankenstein’s monsters? I love the designs of each of these abominations, with a weird array of facial contortions and accessories. Let’s hope for some action figures in the not too distant future.
This will be Richard Raaphorst’s first feature length film after a varied career which has included writing and directing a number of shorts, working as a storyboard artist on Jackie Chan’s Who Am I? and a concept artist on Beyond Re-animator. This will certainly be some B-movie fun to look forward to.
Frankenstein’S Army opens on 26th July and will star Karl Roden, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The 18th annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon will be held on all three screens of Portland's Hollywood Theatre the weekend of May 3-5, and we have the details for you Pacific Northwesterners right here.
Featuring independent short films, indie and classic feature films, author readings, panel discussions, an art show, special live events, and shopping in the Mall of Cthulhu, it's the biggest and longest-running gathering of Lovecraft fans in the world. This year's feature films include:
- Solomon Kane (35mm)
- La Herencia Valdemar and La Sombra Prohibida (Spanish with subtitles)
- Dunderland (Norwegian with subtitles)
The guest line-up includes: Sandy Petersen (creator of the Call »
- The Woman In Black
6 items from 2013
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