Blackenstein (Black Frankenstein)(Return of Blackenstein)

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Brilliant surgeon Dr. Frank N. Stein (John Hart) employs a new experimental technique on horribly-wounded Vietnam veteran EddieTurner (Joe De Sue), combining restorative surgery to his limbs with injections of altered DNA. Problems arise when Stein's assistant becomes insanely jealous of Ed's girlfriend and switches the DNA injections, resulting in Eddie's transformation into a lumbering monster with a cylindrical Afro and a fondness for attacking scantily-clad women and popping off people's heads like champagne corks. A poorly-conceived attempt to put a "blaxploitation" spin on another classic horror pantheon (in the mode of the far-superior Blacula released the previous year), this film emphasizes crude exploitation at the expense of creativity, leaving only a gory, misogynist mess.


John Hart
as Dr. Stein
Joe DiSue
as Eddie Turner
Joe di Sue
as The Monster
Ivory Stone
as Dr. Winifried Walker
Andrea King
as Eleanor
Nick Bolin
as Bruno Strager
Liz Renay
as Couple in Bed
Jerry Soucie
as Couple in Bed
Karin Lind
as Hospital Supervisor
Bob Brophy
as Hospital Attendant
Yvonne Robinson
as Hospital Receptionist
Beverly Haggerty
as Couple in Car
Daniel Faure
as Couple in Car
Andy C
as Nightclub Comedian
Marva Farmer
as Couple in Alley
Robert L. Hurd
as Couple in Alley
Jim Cousar
as Police Sgt. Jackson
Don Brodie
as Police Lieutenant
Dale Back
as Girl in Dune Buggy
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Critic Reviews for Blackenstein (Black Frankenstein)(Return of Blackenstein)

All Critics (3) | Rotten (3)

  • As slow, lifeless and sloppily stitched together as its monster, this movie is a massive dud, undeserving of its goofy name.

    Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…
  • Reframing America's treatment of race through horror and monster narratives remains a thematically smart and astute concept, but there's nothing clever, thought-provoking or even entertaining about this attempt.

    Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • An atrocious effort which forgoes such niceties as competent acting, smooth editing, and efficient direction.

    May 31, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blackenstein (Black Frankenstein)(Return of Blackenstein)

  • Nov 04, 2010
    The Third in my Halloween Film Series. A 1973 Black Horror Film with a guess appearances near end of Black Comedian and a Blues Singer. But here we have a Vietnam Vet who returns to the US after stepping on a land mind and having both arms and legs blown off. But Doctor Frank Stein grows home new legs and arms and everything is going fine until a jealous lab tech screws Eddie up with wrong injections, creating the Black Monster Blankenstein. This had to be a Drive In Special, 3 Stars.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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