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.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1965)

...aka: Jesse James Meets Frankenstein

Directed by:
William Beaudine

Jesse James (John Lupton), his muscle-bound, twang-talkin’ sidekick Hank Tracy (Cal Bolder) and the remainder of The Wild Bunch plot a 100,000 dollar stagecoach heist, but it backfires when an informant tips off the authorities and they’re ambushed. Hank is shot, but he and Jesse escape and encounter a helpful, heavy-breathing senorita named Juanita (Estelita Rodriguez), who agrees to take them to the town doctor. Guess who the town doctor is? Why, it’s Maria Frankenstein (Narda Onyx), a lady doctor who, along with her more reluctant brother Rudolph (Steven Geray) has wiped out an entire Spanish village by doing botched (and bloodless) experiments. When Jesse shows up to the castle looking for help, Maria tries to seduce him away from Juanita, but her advances are rejected. For revenge, she decides to turn Hank into a hulking creature that she will later re-name Igor. The chintzy lab sequences consists of patients slapping on a red, yellow and green rainbow cap with blue tubes running out of it and then turning on the ‘pulsator’ which will ‘transmit living vibrations to the artificial brain.” Long shots of the castle are obvious paintings.

Beaudine also made BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA (1952) and the equally absurd and cheap BILLY THE KID VS. DRACULA (which was shot back-to-back with this one and played on double-bills with it).


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