I like the original story and if it were done in a more serious and dramatic way (with a fair amount of light-heartedness) this could have been a briliant film. It was simply too weird for my liking although it was made very well. Good acting.
The poets Byron and Shelley, along with FRANKENSTEIN author Mary Shelly and other guests, spend a night drinking laudanum and holding a seance to conjure up their worst nightmares. The non-linear horror story gives Ken Russel a chance to do what he does best--produce lurid, phantasmagorical visions (including a woman with eyes in her breasts)--resulting in one of his better films.
Well this Movie has a messed up Story. A lot of Nudity guaranteed, but there is a less point in the Plot and then the clossing as "Mary Shelleys Frankenstein? I dont deny that I enjoyed it, but I still missed the main thing: what is it all about?
Rather surreal fictionalisation of the night Frankenstein was thought up. I particularly liked Timothy Spall as Polidori, and all the creepy-cool automatons. The film plays up Bryon's evil reputation to a slightly ridiculous degree - though Gabriel Byrne seems to enjoy himself somewhat playing it. It being a Russell film there is the obligatory nudity (male and female).
Typically Ken Russell, visually interesting, emotionally aloof and hopelessly pretentious. Nicely produced, good art direction and costume design, the cinematography is expressive. I have never been a fan of the director and has his usual pointless and bizarre touches, which I find a turn-off, as well as the characters that spark no involvement in the story whatsoever. It dragged on endlessly for me. Released in 1986, not 2002 as stated here.
Very cool. The "Movie Info" is right. It's kitchy, over the top and the dialogue is not so great, but the themes are awesome (especially if you've ever studied horror films) and some of the images are pretty awesome. I find that Gabriel Byrne can do no wrong. Like the way I feel about 'The Church,' but perhaps a little less so, I think this movie aims way higher than it is able to achieve, but has too much awesome stuff in it to totally disregard. I'm going to go re-watch 'The Church' right now.
okay, this was one of my fave movies--in high school. interesting, over the top take on what happened the night mary shelley got her idea for "frankenstein". just ignore that weird goblin guy, and the part where some chicky has eyeballs on her breasts--they were all smoking opium anyway (which you'll probably wish you were if you see this film)