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Remake Week Movie #6–Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

Frankenstein_UnboundAlright… This might be cheating, as this is a reimagining and not so much a remake. That said, this is my blog and I’m counting this one as part of Remake Week.

Frankenstein Unbound tells the story of Dr. Joe Buchanan (played by John Hurt), who in the year 2031, in an attempt to create a safer weapon for the military accidentally creates a tear in time and space and finds himself and his amazing electric, computerized car transported back to 1817 Switzerland.

In ancient Switzerland, Buchanan meets the famous Dr. Frankenstein (played by Raul Julia), who has already created his now famous, mythical monster. Said monster has killed a child, and a young girl has been accused and found guilty of the boy’s murder through Witchcraft. Buchanan tries to convince Frankenstein to tell the authorities the truth and save t he girl’s life. Ignored by Frankenstein, Buchanan tries to get the help of Mary Shelley (author of the famous Frankenstein novel, and played by Bridget Fonda). Frankenstein and his Monster turn out to be difficult to deal with, though – one insane with power, the other a beast of a man who has not been explained the very basics of life). Buchanan almost gets lynched for the murder of Frankenstein’s fiancé, a crime the monster committed – and said monster saves Buchanan from this mob, only to take him to Frankenstein’s castle to help in the reanimation of Frankenstein’s freshly dead Fiancé. Instead of helping, Buchanan tricks the Monster into helping him reopen the time space rift, propelling Frankenstein, the Monster and his self far into the distant, bleak empty future. – a future where human’s are no more. There is a bit of a twist at the end, that while weak, I won’t spoil.

Just a note: The late Michael Hutchence, then lead singer of the Australian rock band INXS plays Percy Shelley.

This movie has a half decent cast, and while entertaining, is really quite weak. Was it worth watching? Sure. Should you go out of your way to see it? I don’t think so.

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The Curse of Frankenstein. Zzzzz…

So, I watched the 1957 Hammer film, The Curse of Frankenstein. Staring Peter Cushing as Doctor Frankenstein and Christopher Lee as the Monster in this stylistic British period pieces. Well acted, well written and a little boring, this movie suffered from the too much talking and not enough monster action. Perhaps I started watching it a little too late in the evening, and that may have made it seem more boring than it was… I don’t know, Hammer Films are good films, and this is not a bad film, just a little long winded. Christopher Lee makes an awesome Monster, and actually one of the better looking ones, in my opinion – I just wish we had seen more of him. So, I am disappointed with this film, but it’s not terrible. I’ll be watching more Hammer Films in the future, as the are great Film company, and their Dracula series is top notch (and also stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee). Expect to see a few of those discussed here in the future.

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