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