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  • Actors: Kris Lemche, Joe Egender, Timothy V. Murphy, Eric Zuckerman
  • Directors: Andrew Weiner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AJXO5I6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,478 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the makers of The Last Exorcism comes a boldly original vision of horror – THE FRANKENSTEIN THEORY. What if the most chilling novel of all time was actually based on a true account of a horrific experiment gone awry? When he is suspended from his university job for his outlandish ideas, Professor John Venkenheim leads a documentary film crew to the rim of the Arctic Circle in a desperate effort to vindicate his academic reputation. His theory: Mary Shelley’s ghastly story, “Frankenstein,” is, in fact, a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy. In the vast, frozen wilderness, Venkenheim and his team search for the legendary monster, a creature mired in mystery and drenched in blood. What they find is an unspeakable truth more terrifying than any fiction…a nightmare from which there is no waking.

Customer Reviews

Despite the potentially intriguing premise, the film just falls flat on its face.
Michael Butts
I was disappointed that we didn't get a "Making of" featurette which showed where they filmed the movie.
ERSInk . com
Instead of looking for a witch, this group of amateurish actors are seeking Frankenstein's monster.
B. G. Meadows

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ERSInk . com on April 9, 2013
Format: DVD
When I saw the promotional material for "The Frankenstein Theory," I admit rolling my eyes and thinking the movie sounded ridiculous. I couldn't help but have low expectations going into it with cover art exclaiming, "From the creators of 'The Last Exorcism.'" Whenever a movie carries a bi-line like that to promote it, you can bet it's going to be a disappointment. This indie found "footage" film is the perfect example of a concept that shouldn't work but did.

Desperately driven to prove himself to the world, Professor John Venkenheim leads a documentary film crew to the edge of the Arctic Circle. He intends to expose to the world his inconceivable theory. He believes that Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy and that the creature is alive and well. As they travel deeper into the desolate snow-covered plains, strange events and happenings unfold around them. Is someone or something stalking them? If so, is it human or is it the unnatural creature Venkenheim is searching for?

Writers Andrew Weiner and Vlady Pildysh found a compelling way to take some of the original ideas from Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" novel and incorporate them into a modern day suspense thriller. It's a well-paced movie that gives viewers several opportunities to jump out of their seats and flinch at every loud sound they hear.

There is a humorous yet respectable nod to "Jaws" in "The Frankenstein Theory." The guide for their trip out into the wilds of the Arctic Circle is obviously fashioned after Quint in Steven Spielberg's hit film. His characteristics and the way he tells a story completely reminded me of when Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw are sitting around drinking and telling stories on the boat.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jes on March 17, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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Plain and simple, this movie is easily forgotten.

Now, don't take that the wrong way. I have seen many horror films in my day and FT is not the worst in the bunch, far from it. It is a fairly decent way to spend an afternoon. But, there is nothing memorable about it. Heck, even after watching it... I couldn't think of a single "scare" moment worth mentioning in a review. It is simply a click and forget film.

Amazon's rundown is basically all you need to know: A professor, looking to redeem himself, takes a few young folks interested in filming, out to Alaska to investigate the theory that Frankenstein was a factual event. Now, depending on how you want to look at the majority of the film, it is either "slow and drawn out" or "suspenseful and engaging". Either way, the film eventually finds its way to the last 20 odd minutes, in which off-scene kills and sound effects happen. If you have watched many "found footage" films, you have 3 guesses to figure out how the film ends.

Was it a great film? No.
Do I regret watching it? Also, no.
Does the cool DvD cover art appear anywhere in the film or does the star of the show even get some solid screen time? Nope, not a chance buddy.

Short version: Take a run at it on Amazon's video streaming or maybe even Redbox or Netflix (if it gets to Netflix). Buying it would be a terrible investment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob on April 5, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I was actually pretty surprised to find this already available on Netflix so I thought it sounded interesting. When it first started I will say that I was very tempted to turn it off. It looked very cheaply done and the acting was pretty awful. I decided to stick with it and after awhile it started to pick up a bit. But after an hour or so I still saw no monster other than just a glimpse of a shawdow running into the woods. Alot of the movie is predicatable and maybe a scare here and there but thats just from the growling in the darkness effect. I see a movie with a good possibility but just seemed to fail at the end leaving you wanting more.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Feeback on March 18, 2013
Format: DVD
You know, if you have the cajonies to say that your film is "a boldly original vision of terror" on your trailer and box you had best deliver. SO let's take a look at what we have shall we? You have Frankenstein, that's original right? It's a "found footage" film, and we all know how original that is. And for good measure we have a little Trollhunter thrown in. So that's one, two, three concepts these fools cribbed from. Original? Not so much.

Jonathan Venkenheim, tired of being ridiculed, hires a documentary film crew (More originality!) to follow him to the wilds of Canada to look for Bigfoot, uh I mean Frankenstein. Along the way they stop to interview a witness who has actually seen the Frankenstein Monster! Alas, he's a meth head with an itchy trigger finger. After narrowly escaping that situation, the crew heads on to meet a wilderness guide that looks suspiciously similar to the guy from Trollhunter. They travel by snowmobile to a yurt in the middle of nowhere to look for the monster. Naturally, things go horribly wrong.

The film looks cheap especially considering the whole hand held camera/documentary thing. The actors are all pretty s*** except for Heather Stephens and Timothy Murphy, they do pretty well with what they have. The rest act like they are on The Office. There is tons of night vision nonsense and mugging for the camera. Basically every cliché that is wrong with these kinds of films is trotted out here. But that's not to say that there are not some bright spots. The film picks up somewhat once we pick up the guide and there are actually a couple of pretty tense and effective moments. Unfortunately there is a lot of boring s*** to wade through to get to them. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, happens off screen. We do hear a lot of growling however. Yeah.

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