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Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)

R | | Horror | 17 March 1974 (USA)
Baron Frankenstein creates two "zombies" - one male, one female - planning to mate them in order to create a master race.

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Paul Morrissey
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe Dallesandro ... Nicholas, the stableboy
Monique van Vooren ... Baroness Katrin Frankenstein
Udo Kier ... Baron Frankenstein
Arno Jürging ... Otto, the Baron's assistant
Dalila Di Lazzaro ... Female Monster
Srdjan Zelenovic Srdjan Zelenovic ... Sacha / Male Monster
Nicoletta Elmi ... Monica, the Baron's daughter
Marco Liofredi Marco Liofredi ... Erik, the Baron's son
Liù Bosisio Liù Bosisio ... Olga, the maid
Fiorella Masselli Fiorella Masselli ... Large prostitute
Cristina Gaioni ... Farmer, Nicholas' girlfriend
Rosita Torosh ... Sonia, the prostitute
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini ... Farmer
Imelde Marani Imelde Marani ... Blonde prostitute
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Storyline

In Serbia, Baron Frankenstein lives with the Baroness and their two children. He dreams of a super-race, returning Serbia to its grand connections to ancient Greece. In his laboratory, assisted by Otto, he builds a desirable female body, but needs a male who will be super-body and super-lover. He thinks he has found just the right brain to go with a body he's built, but he's made an error, taking the head of a asexual ascetic. Meanwhile, the Baroness has her lusts, and she fastens on Nicholas, a friend of the dead lad. Can the Baron pull off his grand plan? He brings the two zombies together to mate. Meanwhile, Nicholas tries to free his dead friend. What about the Baron's children? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Brings The Horror Off The Screen... And Into Your Lap. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bizarre violence and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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USA | Italy | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Andy Warhol's Frankenstein See more »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Frankenstein created his zombies out of selected pieces of various people, and wanted to breed them to get offspring. However, regardless of the body parts he selected for each zombie, the offspring would only be a product of the reproductive organs, so choosing good brains/legs/arms etc would have made no difference at all. See more »

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Baron Frankenstein: [holding up his severed hand] It's all your fault!
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Better than BLOOD FOR DRACULA -- Udo Kier is tops (laughs)
6 November 2003 | by macabro357See all my reviews

This is clearly the superior of the two films that Paul Morrissey filmed at Cinecitta studios (Rome) during the early 1970s. It's the typical Frankenstein story with the Morrissey's spin on it.

And I suspect that it has a lot to do with Antonio Margheriti being involved since he is famous in Italian horror circles for the gore effects he brings to films. Especially the scene where the male monster (Srdjan Zelenovic) rips open his stomach sutures, exposing his organs in an act of suicide. Very anatomically correct.

Udo Kier is probably the best reason to see this film, however. His hammy acting skills are tops! His version of Frankenstein is so demented, I guess the German accent adds a lot to it. Usually it's an American or English actor who plays Frankenstein so having a real life German (speaking in English, of course) adds to the atmosphere.

And of course Joe Dallesandro's New York accent sounds totally out of place here, just as it did in BLOOD FOR DRACULA. He sounds like a male hustler hanging out in Times Square instead of an Italian stable boy

Also hideous is Monique Van Vooren as Baroness. Good gawd, the Dallesandro character must have been real hard-up in order to sleep with that old hag.

Still, it has decent atmosphere and the Criterion DVD uses a widescreen print that looks crystal along with production stills of the movie, secondary commentary track by Morrissey who has some revealing comments about the film, and some silly, pseudo-intellectual commentary by Maurice Yakowar that a trashy film like this doesn't deserve.

Worth seeing mostly for Kier's presence.

6 out of 10


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