• A Review Page For Those Movies You Watch At Home!

    Couch Potato Movie Reviews is, obviously, a blog that exclusively reviews movies. What makes this blog different is the fact that all of the films we are reviewing are all movies that are available on home movie rental companies such as Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, and your quickly disappearing neighborhood rental store. This blog is designed to take a more detailed look at those movies that either were sent straight to DVD, received a very limited release in the theaters, or were distributed through the art house or film festival circuit. We will also review those big Hollywood films, but only after they are available for home viewing.

    All the reviews are written by fans of the great art of film making rather than some newspaper reviewer or stuffy film student. We don’t know everything about film but we do know what we like, and we are more than happy to share our opinions with you. What you do with those opinions are totally up to you, although comments are welcome and encouraged.

    Each film review has a one to five star rating at the end of the critique. Here is what those star ratings mean for you couch potatoes:

    * * * * * : Five stars: go and buy this one, don’t just rent it!

    * * * * : Four stars: put this at the top of your rental list.

    * * * : Three stars: average, not bad just not great either.

    * * : Two stars: only rent if you have to see everything.

    * : One star: don’t waste your time with this.

Lady Frankenstein

TITLE: Lady Frankenstein

YEAR: 1971

GENRE: Horror

Back in the 1960’s and 70’s Hammer Films in Great Britain were making horror and sconce fiction period pieces that are now considered classics by many horror fans and their memorabilia is a hot seller at horror and science fiction conventions. The result of one studio’s success are usually attempts by other studios and independent film makers to photocopy the model that makes Hammer Films so successful and copy the glory as much as possible. In most cases these uninspired copies of past successes are nowhere near as good as their source material, and this is definitely the case with the Italian production Lady Frankenstein.

Tania Frankenstein (played by Rosalba Neri) finishes medical school and is inspired by the work of her father, the famed Dr. Frankenstein (Joseph Cotton). Dr. Frankenstein creates a monster (Paul Whiteman) out of body parts and brings it back to life, but the first thing the creature does is kill its creator. Tania decides to continue her father’s work with the help of lab assistant Dr. Charles Marshall (Paul Muller). The two fall in love, but Marshall has ailing health and has little time left to live, so the twosome decide to transplant Dr. Marshall’s brain and heart into the well-developed and youthful body of a mentally handicapped manservant. The experiment works but one minor detail is left untied for the unorthodox: the original monster, who returns with ideas of his own.

Lady Frankenstein is an obvious rip-off of the Hammer Films catalog and has little to offer the fans of 1970’s horror. The most memorable aspect of this film is that Neri sheds her Victorian era clothes on two occasions, and both are unusual to say the least. One scene is when she seduces her impaired manservant so that Dr. Marshall can kill him, and after his demise Tania continues to have an orgasm with the corpse until she finishes. The other is when Tania and her finished Frankenstein lover have intimate relations while the obligatory villagers storm the compound complete with torches and pitchforks. Both of these scenes are some of the strangest sexual scenes in all of filmdom, but take these scenes and the breasts of Neri out of the equation and one has a poorly executed entry in the Frankenstein lore. On the bright side, the make-up on the original monster is well executed by Timothy Parson (who only worked on this film during his career) and the design of the monster’s face is frightening and memorable.

There are many Frankenstein films that are not worth watching, and unfortunately Lady Frankenstein falls into this category. Lady Frankenstein is not creative, scary, or even entertaining but is an obvious homage to Hammer Films that did not capture the natural gothic nature of their productions. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but not in this case.

* ½

–Mark

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: