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La Figlia di Frankenstein (Lady Frankenstein)(Daughter of Frankenstein) Reviews

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manly500usa
January 17, 2008
When Dr. Frankenstein is killed by a monster he created, his daughter and his lab assistant Marshall continue his experiments. The two fall in love and attempt to transplant Marshall's brain in to the muscular body of a retarded servant Stephen, in order to prolong the aging Marshall's life. Meanwhile, the first monster seeks revenge on the grave robbers who sold the body parts used in its creation to Dr. Frankenstein. Soon it comes after Marshall and the doctor's daughter.
April 3, 2014
Cheesy effects and a nice mood, it fits in with some of the campier horror films of the 60's, but isn't exactly an enjoyable watch. It's slow, the plot is stale, and the characters are generic. There are some interesting moments and a cool monster, but they're not memorable enough.
March 10, 2014
Ultimately Lady Frankenstein is another typical example of the sex-horror film from early 70's Europe. There aren't many surprises here but I expect that it should appeal well enough to those who have a taste for this type of thing.
peter h.
April 3, 2010
a complete Italian rip off of the hammer Frankestein films with a femminst spin of the mad sicentist however that is very debatble. But what ruins this worthy film of comming decenet enought to be even though of as a possible hammer film is the useless over the top nudity and sex secenes. In fact the movie ends in a fade to black in the middle of a sex secene. 4/10 halariosly bad.
jazza923
July 26, 2008
Boring and cheaply made with particularly bad sets and score. The cast is pretty bad as well, but Joseph Cotten does fine. Dumb.
SteveMiller
December 26, 2006
Lady Frankenstein (aka "Daughter of Frankenstein")
Starring: Sara Bey, Joseph Cotton, Paul Muller, Mickey Hargitay, and Paul Whiteman
Directors: Mel Welles and Aureliano Luppi


Tania Frankenstein (Bey) proves psychopathy is an inherited trait when she continues and perfects her dead father's work in reanimation and monster-making... by creating her perfect mate, using the body of a hunky (but retarded) handyman, and the brain of her father's former assistant (Muller).

"Lady Frankenstein" is a fast-paced--once it gets started... it opens rather slow--decidedly sleazy mild twist on the typical Frankenstein film. (Monsters are created, monsters run amuk, and torch-weilding villagers burn the castle down.) The twist here is that Frankenstein (played with class above this movie's station by Joseph Cotton) dies at the end of the first act, leaving his twisted daughter in charge of the murder and mayhem. Boy, does she rise to the challenge.

This film is most remarkable for the most disturbing sex scene I've seen so far on film with Tania Frankenstein having an orgasm as her lover is being murdered under her. Twisted stuff... but in perfect keeping with the overall tone of the film. It is also remarkable for having just about the lamest-looking monster of any featured in a Frankenstein film. (Yes, even lamer than the non-monster in "Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter"... what we have hear looks like the Toxic Avenger's retarded country counsin.)

Decently acted, and featuring better music, camera work, and sets than many films of this kind, "Lady Frankenstein" might be worth a look if my comments above haven't warned you off.
Chaozengine
April 19, 2006
Well, here we have a nice little Italian film starring Joseph Cotten --

wha? :eek:

Yup. Okay. Here's the lowdown: Dr. Frankenstein (Joseph Cotten, obviously in need of a quick paycheck) is doing the 'creating life' schtick. He's brokered a deal with a sleazy graverobber (as opposed to a 'fancy' one) for bodies. Also, daddy's little girl (aka Lady Frankenstein) decides that she wants to be just like him.

(Obviously, never went to a "Take your daughter to work" Day)

So Daddy-stein puts the brain and heart or stone-cold killer into the body of his man-made behemoth. Said monster promptly goes berzerk killing Daddy-stein.

(I guess it sounded good on paper):rolleyes:

So does Lady Stein get dissuaded after seeing Daddy turned into Joseph Cotten-balls? HELL, NO! She decides to take on daddy's work and falls for the aging assistant at the sme time (all together: EWWW!):p

Of course, Lady F decides his brain should go into a nice brawny handyman body - purely for 'scientific purposes'.

The downside to all this is that Daddy's monster is kinda peeved that he's a blasphemy of science and all that and decides to kill everyone who put him together: from the graverobbers to Lady F herself.

There are a lot of jump cuts. The film is overexposed (giving it a whitewash look). Like most Italian films starring English-speaking actors; the stars are definitely speaking English but the rest of the cast has to be dubbed from the original Italian (did this really work out for them?). Of course, that isn't always an issue since the music sometimes actually drowns out the dialogue. Further, the action is almost glacial.

On the plus side, there is some gratuitious nudity to wake the guys up on occassion (this is an Italian film, after all).

Oh, almost forgot - nominee for best screen name ever: Herbert Fux (who plays the graverobber).

I really tried to like this movie and with a title like "Lady Frankenstein" it should be right up my alley. Alas, it seems to drown in it's own pretentiousness - an attempt to make a Hammer film but without the Hammer quality.

Fun rating - 3 (probably a '2' but the nudity helps - not particularly entertaining; really for Euro-horror fans only)

Interesting rating - 2 (not really worth any effort - if you stumble across it for $1 or less ... well you get what you pay for)

Total rating - 3
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