5.5/10
3,449
65 user 40 critic

Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

The ultimate weapon, which was meant to be safe for humankind, produces global side-effects, including time slides and disappearances. The scientist behind the project and his car are ... See full summary »

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Brian Aldiss (novel) (as Brian W. Aldiss), Roger Corman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Buchanan
Raul Julia ... Victor Frankenstein
Nick Brimble ... The Monster
Bridget Fonda ... Mary
Catherine Rabett Catherine Rabett ... Elizabeth
Jason Patric ... Lord Byron
Michael Hutchence ... Percy Shelley
Catherine Corman Catherine Corman ... Justine Moritz
William Geiger William Geiger ... Lab Technician
Mickey Knox ... General Reade
Myriam Cyr ... Information Officer
Terri Treas ... Computer Voice (voice)
Cynthia Allison Cynthia Allison ... Newswoman
Isabella Rocchietta Isabella Rocchietta ... Dorrie
Matt Cassidy Matt Cassidy ... Boy #1
Learn more

More Like This 

Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Charles Dexter Ward arrives at a small village to visit the house he inherited from his ancestor who died there 100 years ago.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Vincent Price, Debra Paget, Lon Chaney Jr.
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Vincent Price, Maggie Pierce, Leona Gage
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An artist grows distant from his new wife as an irrational horror of premature burial consumes him.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Richard Ney
The Trip II (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After his wife leaves him, a disillusioned director dives into the drug scene, trying anything his friend suggests.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A man's obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Vincent Price, Elizabeth Shepherd, John Westbrook
The Bride (1985)
Fantasy | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

After years of research, the doctor finally succeeds in creating the perfect woman, who gets the name "Eva".

Director: Franc Roddam
Stars: Sting, Jennifer Beals, Anthony Higgins
Rampage (1987)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Liberal district attorney decides to seek the death penalty for a man who slaughtered a family at Christmastime, then drank their blood. He escapes, though, and starts killing again.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Michael Biehn, Alex McArthur, Nicholas Campbell
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The story of Manfred von Richthofen, the German air ace during World War I and his struggle with the enemy aces and some jealous German officers.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: John Phillip Law, Don Stroud, Barry Primus
Renegades (1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An undercover cop forms an alliance with a Native American to help him hunt down the criminals who stole an ancient Lakota tribal lance.

Director: Jack Sholder
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jami Gertz
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The "Angels", a San Pedro motorcycle gang, parties in the Coachella Valley's Palm Springs Indian Canyons, California, and wreaks havoc with the local police.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In the year 1935, a teen named Billy Bathgate finds first love while becoming the protégé of fledgling gangster Dutch Schultz.

Director: Robert Benton
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Loren Dean
Edit

Storyline

The ultimate weapon, which was meant to be safe for humankind, produces global side-effects, including time slides and disappearances. The scientist behind the project and his car are transported from the year 2031 to 1817's Switzerland, where he finds Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his contemporaries. Written by Kimmo Ketolainen <kk@iki.fi>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The "futuristic" car that Dr. Buchanan (Sir John Hurt) drives, is a 1988 ItalDesign Aztek concept car. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Buchanan meets up with Lord Byron in the grounds at his estate, quite visible in the background is a car driving across a bridge. Buchanan wasn't the only person, it seems, to own a car in 1817. See more »

Quotes

Buchanan: Meet...My monster!
See more »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese Laserdisc release features 2 scenes of violence cut from U.S. theatrical & video prints: A shot of a man's heart pulled out (Side A at 34 min 11 seconds) and a graphic shot of a woman's chest ripped open (Side B at 13 min 4 seconds). See more »

Connections

Featured in The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999) See more »

User Reviews

 
What was the budget for this one?
24 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I saw this film for one reason--it was directed by Roger Corman. He has had an amazing ability as a producer and director to make the absolute most of every single penny--making amazingly good films for rock-bottom prices. This was his first time directing in almost two decades--and that's more than enough reason to see the film.

This version of "Frankenstein" is different than most because of instead of setting it about the time of Mary Shelly's novel in the early 19th century, this one sets the story in the near future--at least in the beginning. However, this sci-fi aspect, the gorgeous scenery as well as some decent actors (requiring higher salaries) make this a film that MUST have been relatively expensive for a Corman film. Unfortunately, IMDb does not list what the film cost to make.

Dr. Joe Buchanan (John Hurt) is a guy who makes weapons for the Defense Department! However, his weapon has weird side effects and inexplicably transports him (and his majorly cool car) to 1817--where he meets up with Dr. Frankenstein! Now I sure didn't see THAT coming! What makes this more interesting is that this is not some parallel world--there really was a Dr. Frankenstein AND Buchanan gets to also meet Mary Shelley--the lady who wrote the novel! It seems that her inspiration was very close to the book--the doctor DID work on reviving the dead. However, unlike the reckless guy in the novel, this doctor was not irresponsible...he was EVIL! So, you get to see Buchanan interacting with both the author and her worthless friends, Byron and Percy Shelley, as well as the monster and the mad doctor! It's all VERY strange--but oddly interesting.

Is this a great film? No. The ending is pretty cool--but also pretty weird and out there! But, what I really appreciate is that it took the original story and completely redid it in an interesting and novel manner. Worth seeing and STRANGE!!


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 65 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein perdido en el tiempo See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,017, 4 November 1990

Gross USA:

$334,748

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$334,748
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Mount Company See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed