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Frankenstein '80 (1972)

Not Rated | | Horror | 12 December 1972 (Italy)
A mad scientist creates a monster called "Mosaico," who breaks out of the laboratory to hunt down and kill beautiful women.


Mario Mancini

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Cast overview:
John Richardson ... Karl Schein
Gordon Mitchell ... Dr. Otto Frankenstein
Renato Romano Renato Romano ... Inspector Schneider
Xiro Papas Xiro Papas ... Mosaic - the Frankenstein Monster
Dalila Di Lazzaro ... Sonia (as Dalila Parker)
Roberto Fizz Roberto Fizz ... Professor Schwarz (as Bob Fiz)
Dada Gallotti Dada Gallotti ... Butcher
Marisa Traversi Marisa Traversi ... Second Prostitute
Lemmy Carson Lemmy Carson ... Head Nurse
Marco Mariani Marco Mariani ... Track Spectator
Luigi Bonos Luigi Bonos ... Hobo
Enrico Rossi Enrico Rossi ... First Investigator
Fulvio Mingozzi Fulvio Mingozzi ... Second Investigator
Umberto Amambrini Umberto Amambrini ... Vice Straus
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Agent (as Luigi Guerra)


A mad scientist creates a monster called "Mosaico," who breaks out of the laboratory to hunt down and kill beautiful women.

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Release Date:

12 December 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein '80 See more »

Filming Locations:

Fonte Nuova, Roma, Lazio, Italy

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M.G.D. Film See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 61258 delivered on 23-10-1972. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original European cut is reportedly more explicit than the US release in terms of both sex and violence, including full-frontal nude shots of the Frankenstein monster "Mosaic." See more »


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Totally inept, but cheesy good fun
22 December 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Trashy, sleazy, campy, exploitative and – of course – extremely pointless Italian version of the classic Frankenstein story. It's a variation on the traditional Mary Shelley tale, with some deranged additional ideas and awkward erotic undertones. The Italians tried to achieve this sort of concept before already with "Lady Frankenstein" and admittedly that was a much better and more memorable film than this cheap and amateurish attempt at making a motion picture. But still, that doesn't mean this piece of junk isn't good entertainment. The plot actually isn't too bad. Dr. Schwarz (which, I'm sure, is German slang for Dr. Penis) just invented a breakthrough serum that prevents donor organs from getting rejected by the patient's body after a transplant. This happens to be exactly what his vicious colleague Dr. Frankenstein needs in order to fix up his pet monster Mosaic. The serum disappears from Dr. Schwarz' laboratory and corpses start to pile up as Mosaic goes out on nightly strolls. The local police commissioner forbids his men to smoke until the case is solved (!) and another guy – a reporter who assigns himself private investigator – search for the serum to save his dying sister. "Frankenstein 80" is a hilariously amusing film, but probably not like its creators intended it. Ferdinando De Leone (although I suspect it was actually Fernando Di Leo; a prominent name in the Italian horror industry) and director Mario Mancini penned down a truly ludicrous script with the most one-dimensional character imaginable, absurd plot twists and the utmost imbecilic dialogs ever. Technically speaking, this is a laughably inept production as well. More than three quarters of the film is poorly lit, the make-up effects clearly cost less than a dollar and the editing appeared to have been done with a blending machine. The pacing is unspeakably uneven! The entire story is pretty much told after an hour already, but then still comes a lot of tedious filler-footage, like an overlong and dull striptease act, a full formula one race and even the complete development of a romance. The monster stumbles around until he literally passes his due date, which is interesting but not very thrilling.

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