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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




Cast overview:
John Richardson ... Karl Schein
Gordon Mitchell ... Dr. Otto Frankenstein
Renato Romano Renato Romano ... Inspector Schneider
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 ... Second Prostitute
Lemmy Carson Lemmy Carson ... Head Nurse
Marco Mariani Marco Mariani ... Track Spectator
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)
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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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More Gore Than Ever Before ... In a Fear Filled, Flesh Rending Freakout See more »




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Did You Know?


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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Frankenstein's monster as a sex-crazed serial killer
27 August 2011 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

In 1818 when Mary Shelley wrote the supernatural tale that would go on to make her famous forever, it's difficult to imagine that she could ever have conceived that over 150 years later, her novel Frankenstein would be reinterpreted as a detective story about a sex-crazed rapist monster. Well, seeing as this version of the tale was made in Italy in the early 70's that's exactly what happened. Frankenstein '80 is one of the cycle of erotic Frankenstein movies made in Europe at the time. But this one also adds in a serial killer detective element which sort of ties it in with the giallo and poliziotteschi films that were very popular in Italy at the time. So it's a strange hybrid of specific sub-genres.

It's certainly a very trashy film. The dubbing is particularly deranged, while the film overall has a pretty cheap aesthetic. However, it's a gore and sleaze horror film at the end of the day and really has to be judged on these merits. And to be fair, Frankenstein '80 has plenty of both of those criteria; usually at the same time. The story is ludicrous of course. But I suspect very few of you will be watching this for its complexity or depth. It's more or less a slasher movie with Frankenstein's monster as the killer.

Not great but good mindless fun.

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Release Date:

12 December 1972 (Italy) See more »

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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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