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Flesh for Frankenstein (1974)

Joe Dallesandro , Udo Kier , Antonio Margheriti , Paul Morrissey  |  X |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Monique van Vooren, Arno Juerging
  • Directors: Antonio Margheriti, Paul Morrissey
  • Writers: Paul Morrissey, Mary Shelley, Pat Hackett, Tonino Guerra
  • Producers: Andrew Braunsberg, Carlo Ponti
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: X (Mature Audiences Only)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A59Q4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,054 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flesh for Frankenstein" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Newly remastered, high-definition transfer
  • Commentary by Paul Morrissey, Udo Kier, and film historian Maurice Yacowar
  • Audio recollections from Paul Morrissey
  • Screen tests and still gallery

Editorial Reviews

Maverick filmmaker Paul Morrissey's "Flesh for Frankenstein" reevaluates the horror film, infusing it with satiric wit and sexuality. Morrissey's tale of the mad Baron Frankenstein and his perverse creative urges was heavily edited upon initial release; Criterion presents the restored director's cut--fully intact after 20 years. "Presented" by Andy Warhol.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WHY WOULD ANYONE WATCH THE CENSORED VERSION? March 24, 2011
By MJBG666
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I just don't understand. Why would anyone watch this censored version? I'm speaking specifically of Amazon's streaming version. The UR version is out there, I own it on DVD, I think I actually bought it through Amazon. Amazon should realize that movie goers want the unadulterated version of any movie that's out there. I'm surprised they only offer this R rated version, Blockbuster I could understand, but I always thought Amazon had a truer aesthetic when it comes to presenting movies in their original, as-intended-by-the-director-to-be-seen version.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pure delight!!!!! December 3, 2010
Whe this movie came out I went to the Avalon in D.C. to see it opening night as i was taking my 3-D glasses from the ticket attendant I asked an usher if the movie was good and he said (he was about 60-70 years of age)it was trash pure crap the worst movie they had shown there in many years. I knew right then I was going to love this movie. And I was right. To this day this film remains one of my favorite of all time. You have to see this film as satire in order to enjoy it. In short Morrisey and company hit all the right notes to make a masterpiece of european camp. AWESOME.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect Serbian nasum for the male zombie. July 8, 2002
By A Customer
Director Paul Morrissey is that rarest of artists: a reactionary moralist who isn't prudish. 1973's *Flesh for Frankenstein* is a case in point, with its many sex scenes (including at least one involving the organs of a corpse) and ample gore projected at the audience via 3-D. (Rather unfortunately, Criterion's DVD edition has abandoned the 3-D option out of practical considerations.) As a result of his at-bottom fuddy-duddy conservatism, Morrissey has never been championed by the cinema art-house mavens (left-wing to a man and woman), who still resent his vicious critiques of their precious Sexual Revolution. Doubtless, Morrissey's being a product of the Andy Warhol Factory increased the sense of "betrayal" felt by the art-mavens. And the everyday moviegoer resented the director's attack on their viewing preferences -- in this case, the horror film, specifically the hallowed and hoary Frankenstein story. Most of us don't like having a mirror put in front of us . . . Morrissey does this here by taking the conventions of this type of entertainment to a perverted and gory extreme, and the original 3-D is part and parcel of his intent. It's a way of saying, "You want sex? naked bodies? blood and gore? HERE!" before he literally rubs our noses in an eviscerated stomach. But the contempt on display is also amusing as hell: the deliberately bad dialogue, the amateur actors (including talentless hunk Joe Dallesandro, who makes no effort to conceal his thick New York accent despite the fact that everyone else -- and the locale -- are European), and the risible plot details (for instance, the Baron and Baronness Frankenstein are in fact brother & sister with demonic children of their own) will make you rock with laughter. Read more ›
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Blood for Dracula," but still enjoyable January 11, 2004
I happened to watch director Paul Morrissey's "Blood for Dracula" before indulging in "Flesh for Frankenstein." After having seen both films, I can unequivocally state I preferred "Blood for Dracula," which is somewhat of a surprise considering "Flesh" was made first with "Blood" coming as almost an afterthought. By the time Morrissey and company started "Blood," the cast and crew were exhausted from the non-stop schedule of making two films back to back. If you have little familiarity with these films, they were made under the auspices of Andy Warhol's Factory, a time when the creator of Op Art decided to branch out into other artistic mediums. If you are like me, you cringed when you heard that Warhol had an influence on Morrissey's films. I could never bring myself to appreciate anything associated with Andy Warhol; I always considered him and his associates talentless hacks of the lowest order. Not to worry here, though. While the titles often carry Warhol's imprimatur, he apparently had little to do with any aspect of the production of either film.
"Flesh for Frankenstein" is a wonderful retelling of Mary Shelley's classic 1818 novel. The good Baron Frankenstein and his sister, in this instance also his wife, bring up the kiddies in a nice, creepy castle somewhere in Europe. The hardworking Baron spends most of his time mucking around in his laboratory attempting to create a human being from scratch. Often toiling alone or with his creepy assistant Otto in tow, Frankenstein is on the verge of success when he finally puts the finishing touches on his female creature. The Baron has quite an affection for his experiment, as seen in a few extremely tasteless scenes, but he realizes he has a problem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein and His Wife, the sister April 8, 2000
This is an interesting film, with all sorts of good intentions. The casting of Udo Kier in the starring role is some inspired casting. Joe Dallesandro looks a bit out of place, but I think that is part of the point that Morrissey was making. Loads of great humor, and more gore and werid sex than you could ever imagine. Parts of it were a little slow though, and the sex was not at all attractive to look at. But take a look, and the commentary is great. But, also be sure to check out Morrissey's superior follow-up, "Blood for Dracula". It is far more interesting, and Kier fits the role of Dracula perfectly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Paul Morrissey's Best Film?
Wonderful location shooting in Serbia by Luigi Kurveiller. Udo Kier and Joe Dallesadro are doing their things respectively. Intense accents and acting from the rest of the cast. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Michael E. Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 23 days ago by SHUHEI MIWA
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's ok
Published 1 month ago by indyz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Linda R SantaMaria
5.0 out of 5 stars Flesh for Frankenstein a should see horror flick !
Yes I have seen the movie before I always liked it sexy , and gory the way I like most horror films !
Published 3 months ago by ethan mounts
1.0 out of 5 stars MARY MARY QUIET RIOT
Published 6 months ago by gcd
5.0 out of 5 stars Flesh for frankenstein
For a rare OOP criterion, I was glad to find flesh for frankenstein for such a good price, and see that it worked perfectly.
Published 9 months ago by Justin Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy in a good way.
Lovely cast. Beautiful cast. Yes, this movie has some gore and it is a little fake, but I don't care because this movie has a good story line and you have to watch it all the way... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lydia J K
3.0 out of 5 stars Skip This One and Stick with Blood for Dracula.
Viewed: 11/13
Rate: 5

12/13: I went from Blood for Dracula to Flesh for Frankenstein. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Math Expert
5.0 out of 5 stars A weird and goofy movie.
I first saw this movie in the X rated 3-D version. In those days they didn't have the NC-17 rating for movies of an adult nature that weren't porn. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Phillip D. Suttles
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The commentary track has been included on the Image Entertainment copy of the film.
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