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  • Actors: Parker Posey, Vincent Perez, Thomas Kretschmann, Adam Goldberg, Ivana Milicevic
  • Directors: Marcus Nispel
  • Writers: John Shiban, Dean R. Koontz, Mary Shelley
  • Producers: Ian Sander, Jacky Lee Morgan, John J. Anderson, John Shiban
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A6T1YA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,407 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frankenstein" on IMDb

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From the director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and producer Martin Scorsese comes this contemporary re-telling of Mary Shelley¹s gothic horror classic. Renowned scientist Victor Helios (Kretschmann) and his prototype creation, Deucalion (Perez) have managed to exist nearly 200 years through genetic manipulation. Now operating out of New Orleans, Helios has established a genome research institute that secretly produces a ³perfect² race of people designed to replace mankind. But tortured by their own existence, the mad doctor¹s creations are becoming increasingly unpredictable and dangerous. Learning of his inventor¹s plan, Deucalion seeks help from local detectives O¹Connor (Posey) and Sloan (Goldberg) to stop Helios from going through with his evil scheme.

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The plot just drags on with very little action or real character development.
Alex A. Fintonis
I am going to leave it at that, because I do not want to spoil too much for anyone who may be reading the book or may get this movie.
Christine
I've read the Frankenstein series by Dean Koontz and believe me the books are 100 times better than the movie.
TooTall

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 26, 2005
Format: DVD
The first thing you need to know about this particular "Frankenstein" is that it the pilot for an aborted USA Network series based on concepts and characters by Dean Koontz. However, Koontz and USA apparently came to a parting of the waysd with two significant results: Koontz's name disappeared from the USA project and the author wrote a series of novels with Kevin J. Anderson, the first of which, "Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son," appears to cover a lot of the same ground (but I have not read it and therefore can not speak to specific differences). This may well be enough information to forestall Koontz's fans from watching this pilot movie and proceeding directly to the novels. But I like pilots and tend to watch as many as I can because I find them intrinsically interesting.

The premise of this "Frankenstein" is basically that Mary Shelley got most of the story right and changed some names. In the novel Frankenstein brings his creation to life and then abandons him, with the latter being his greater sin for which he and his family must pay. In this pilot the doctor is now named Victor Helios (Thomas Krestchmann), the filthy rich owner of a biotech company in New Orleans. Helios has found ways of keeping himself alive for several centuries and has been continuing his experiments with an eye towards replacing flawed humanity with his master race spawned in his company's vats. Helios even gets to program his creations as he desires and has just come up with a new version of his wife, Erika (Ivana Milicevic). A good question here is whether "Frankenstein" still applied to the doctor, as in the novel, or to his creation, as in pop culture, but it does not matter because both are here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 1, 2005
Format: DVD
First suggestion: read the book which Dean Koontz and Kevin Anderson wrote after they parted ways with the USA Network. Then this failed tv pilot will have a little more credence. It's unusual translation of the much used plot is unique in its conception, and I hope that someone might take it upon themselves to continue, as the book series is quite entertaining thus far. Parker Posey is good as Detective Carson O'Connor, but Adam Goldberg is miscast as her wisecracking sidekick. Thomas Krestchmann (so good in a small but pivotal role in THE PIANIST) doesn't quite have the megalomaniac frenzy that's in the novels, but he does an admirable job. Michael Madsen is more subdued than usual in his role as Detective Jonathan Harker (irony with a name taken from fellow gothic thriller DRACULA). Vincent Perez makes an interesting Deucalion, but he's not used in the movie very much so far. The lighting and direction are sharp, and the music appropriate. I don't know if we'll see anymore in this adaptation, so don't be surprised at the open ending.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Michels on January 5, 2008
Format: DVD
Ok, First the movie stares Parkery Posey! (LOVE HER) and second it is shot in New Orleans (LOVE IT!) So how could it be too bad? It's not! Based on Dean Koontz characters this is an entertaining film. My advice is buy the books so you will really understand what is going on. I, for one, will be glad when the sequal is released so I can complete my collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cherie Priest on November 9, 2005
Format: DVD
This one is a mixed bag; it was intended to be a television pilot -- something we didn't know when we rented it, but figured out pretty quickly. The writing is pretty good, but the cast is what really makes this one: Vincent Perez as the original monster, Thomas Krestchmann as the deranged scientist, Ivana Milicevic as his resurrected wife; and a crew of law enforcement including Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, and Michael Madsen.

Think the old TV show "Beauty and the Beast" more than "Van Helsing." This was directed by the guy who did The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and produced by Martin Scorsese, so you know it's got style for miles. But when I learned that this was loosely based on a book by Dean Koontz, Frankenstein lost a little of its charm -- which isn't fair, I know. I loved ol' Dean when I was a teenager, but I haven't been able to take his books for years. Maybe I owe him another visit, I don't know.

For all its flaws (pacing, mostly -- and a tendency to fixate on the wrong details), I really enjoyed this aborted TV show and regretted the fact that it never found a home. But then I found out that it would have aired on the USA network, and I don't have cable anyway.
Ah, well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on August 27, 2010
Format: DVD
This seems to be a part one of a made for TV movie series. A 200 year old scientist is creating a stronger race of humans that appear to have little personality or acting ability. Two detectives are assigned the task of solving these murders with New Orleans as the backdrop. During an autopsy it is discovered one of the victims was one of these super beings.

The "why" the monster kills was not really explained, nor do we know how many of these Frankensteins are really out there. The scenes were mostly dark. Monster make-up was light. No nudity or bad language. One sexual scene.

The film moves a bit slow as it builds up to important action scenes that never fizzle. If you got into the X-Files stuff, this movie might interest you.
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