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Blackenstein (1973)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1973 (USA)
Eddie is a Vietnam veteran who loses his arms and legs when he steps on a land mine. A brilliant surgeon is able to attach new limbs but his jealous assistant switches the DNA injections, transforming him into a gigantic killer.


William A. Levey




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hart ... Dr. Stein
Ivory Stone Ivory Stone ... Dr. Winifred Walker
Joe De Sue Joe De Sue ... Eddie Turner (as Joe DeSue)
Roosevelt Jackson Roosevelt Jackson ... Malcomb
Andrea King ... Eleanor
Nick Bolin Nick Bolin ... Bruno Stragor
Karin Lind Karin Lind ... Hospital Supervisor
Yvonne Robinson Yvonne Robinson ... Hospital Receptionist
John Dennis ... Hospital Attendant (as Bob Brophy)
Liz Renay ... Couple in Bed
Gerald Soucie Gerald Soucie ... Couple in Bed (as Jerry Soucie)
Beverly Haggerty Beverly Haggerty ... Couple in Car
Daniel Fauré Daniel Fauré ... Couple in Car (as Daniel Faure)
Andy C Andy C ... Nightclub Comedian (as Andy 'C')
Cardella Di Milo Cardella Di Milo ... Nightclub Singer (as Cardella DeMilo)


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. Unfortunately an insanely jealous assistant (who has fallen in love with Eddie's fiance) switches Eddie's DNA injections, transforming him into a gigantic killer. Written by Scott Murdock <scott@blairlake.com>

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Both director William A. 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 »


The ranks of the policemen are listed incorrectly in the credits. James Cousar is listed as Police Sgt. 'Jackson', although he plays Police Lieutenant Jim Jackson. Don Brodie is simply listed as Police Lieutenant, although he plays Police Captain Tucker in the film. See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits roll in reverse: downwards instead of the usual upwards. See more »


Referenced in Mackin' Ain't Easy (2002) See more »


Divertimento No. 17, K. 334, v. Menuetto
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Fritz Reiner
Plays during the dinner scene with Dr. Walker and Dr. Stein at 0:08:05.
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Not as good as it sounds...and it sounds truly awful!
12 October 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

BLACKENSTEIN is a terrible movie and its title wouldn't suggest otherwise. Like ABBY (sort of like a Black version of THE EXORCIST), BLACKENSTEIN has practically no budget whatsoever and the acting is just terrible. Believe it or not, the two Blacula movies aren't that bad--BLACKENSTEIN, however, is abysmally bad--so bad that bad movie fans might (but probably won't) love it. Others with taste, however, won't!

One of the first things you'll notice on the DVD is that the print is really, really bad--though it does get a bit better later. This is because there just isn't much money to be made from this film and adding closed captions or digitally restoring the picture just isn't going to happen! You also will probably notice how odd Los Angeles is in the film. Most nights, there seems to be thunder and lightning and often there is an eerie fog about as well (perhaps this is just smog). Regardless, it's pretty funky weather for sunny Southern California! As for the plot, it's really not like the traditional Frankenstein story. There is no mad scientist and no dead people are reanimated. Instead, a sane researcher and his assistant work to attach dead limbs to living people who lost theirs in accidents. However, instead of working in a hospital, they work in the doctor's home which is more like a castle (in Los Angeles, okay?). Heck, the place even has a dungeon and Frankenstein-like laboratory! The assistant is a young Black lady whose boyfriend lost his limbs in an explosion in Vietnam. While the transplant looks promising, no one realizes that the doctor's evil butler switches the genetic formulas and the poor Black man starts to mutate and become evil. He, of course, goes on some obligatory rampages and since this is a so-called "Blaxploitation" film, you see two ladies' breasts--though it really made no sense at all and was very, very contrived. It's amazing to see how this made no sense at all, but given that NONE of the film makes sense, it's understandable.

So what is to like about the film......well,....nothing really except for the small sequence involving the comedian. One of the jokes, though a bit crude, is funny and he was pretty cute. The acting is purely amateur, the script is amazingly static and dull (something you'd never expect in a horror film--even a bad one) and the sets are cheap and make no sense. It's really too dull for bad movie fans to enjoy and I found myself falling asleep from time to time--it was that unexciting. By contrast, even the very worst Hammer horror film was light years better.

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