Saturday, October 17, 2009
Day 17: Frankenstein vs the Creature from Blood Cove
Since I seem to have a trend this month consisting of films that are a tribute to an era long gone, I thought I'd add this one to the Halloween bonanza.
I saw this at Cinema Wasteland a few years ago, and it's the first film I can remember seeing that attempted to recreate the spirit and fun of classic monster movies.
As with the others, I think that you need to have a certain love of that genre to really appreciate and have fun with films like this.
However, this film is a little different from the others I've watched this month (Alien Trespass and Terror From Beneath the Earth) in that it's not attempting to be entirely true to the genre. The film is in black and white, and the title, monsters, and acting style are all tributes to classic horror - but the film takes place in the modern day. There's even a small amount of nudity, and a strip club scene at the end (with cameos by Lloyd Kaufman and Ron Jeremy) that seems to serve no real purpose other than, well, to have a strip club scene.
The movie starts with Dr. Lazaroff and his assistant chasing down something that's just escaped from his lab. The creature escapes into the sea, and before long, it's harrassing a photographer and his crew who are on the beach doing photo shoots. They end up running to the Dr's house for safety, and end up being taken hostage by the Dr for their trouble. You see, the good doctor is only trying to build monsters so that they can be used as assassins - and since monster #1 escaped, he's decided to go ahead and re-animate Frankenstein's monster.
We've got great monsters, monster fights, a few cheesy underwater scenes (yay!), and of course one of the monsters falls in love. Which one? Hint: He just wants a BRIDE.
We even get the ghost of Victor Frankenstein thrown in for good measure.
It's another fun tribute to an era gone by.....(expect for the stripping, of course!)
Take it off,