Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (1973)

...aka: Andy Warhol's Young Frankenstein
...aka: Carne per Frankenstein
...aka: De la chair pour Frankenstein
...aka: Devil and Dr. Frankenstein
...aka: Flesh for Frankenstein
...aka: Frankenstein Experiment, The
...aka: Frankenstein Mostro è in tavola barone Frankenstein, Il
...aka: Up Frankenstein

Directed by:
Paul Morrissey

Baron von Frankenstein (an out-of-control and super campy Udo Kier, a guy with amazing eyes) has created a beautiful female monster (played by the beautiful Dalila Di Lazzaro) out of stitched together body parts and now yearns to make a male version as her companion. Meanwhile, his dissatisfied wife Katherine (Monique Van Vooren) has a studly stable boy (Joe Dallesandro, as always, good eye candy, but his New York accent is way out of place) to fulfill her sexual needs. The baron mistakes Dallesandro’s virginal, possibly gay (Srdjan Zelenovic) friend as him, cuts his head off and eventually puts together a male creature, in an effort to mate his two subjects. This outrageous horror parody has incest, necrophilia, bloody stitches, gut globs spilling out of stomachs, impalements, severed body parts, rape, lots of nudity and sex, campy performances (Arno Juerging gives Udo a run for his money playing the dedicated necrophile assistant) and bad taste dialogue. The ending is hectic, nasty and totally hilarious as all the characters end up dead in a big cartoonish pile of bloody bodies (Carlo Rambaldi did the FX). It was filmed back-to-back with ANDY WARHOL'S DRACULA by the same director, producers and some of the same actors. Both films were supervised by Italian horror vet Antonio Margheriti, who was credited as director on some prints for quota purposes, leading to a lot of filmography confusion.

Originally released in an X-rated 3-D version with all kinds of gross stuff thrust right at the viewer (wish I could have seen it that way!). FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN is the original title and also the newer uncut DVD release title. R, X and unrated video versions exist. Two more bad taste horror-comedies followed; ANDY WARHOL'S DRACULA (1974) and ANDY WARHOL'S BAD (1977). I haven't seen the former, but the latter is wrong in so many different ways it's hilarious.


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