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Producer Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker), faithfully resurrects Mary Shelley's Gothic classic in an acclaimed adaptation starring Robert Foxworth (Falcon Crest), Bo Svenson (Delta Force) and Susan Strasberg (Picnic).
Fiercely devoted to the theories of extending and creating human life, scientist Victor Frankenstein and his assistants have secretly assembled an artificial man with human parts stolen from graves. Once he is brought to life, the enormous creature exhibits a child-like innocence. Unaware of his superhuman strength and frightful appearance, the Giant becomes hostile and demands that Victor create him a mate.
Bonus features include a new audio commentary track with actors Robert Foxworth (Victor Frankenstein) and John Karlen (Otto Roget) plus 1973 Frankenstein promo, recap and preview from the original broadcast on ABC-TV's Wide World Of Mystery.
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Bo Svenson (coined as the "giant", as opposed to the "monster" or "creature") gives a powerhouse performance as Shelley's misunderstood specimen. Indeed, Svenson conveys the anticpated danger that one naturally associates with this character, but his focus is ultimately on confusion and sensitivity. In essence, such traits have always been the essence of Shelley's iconic figure; Svenson expertly understands and embodies such.
Robert Foxworth is an excellent, credible Victor; Susan Strasberg is an on-target Elizabeth. The auspicious John Karlen, of Curtis' "Dark Shadows", is also featured. (Incidentally, he and Foxworth offer commentary on the DVD release.) In a twist of casting, a lovely blonde replaces the blind man/hermit, and the result is uniquely engaging, touching.
In addition to Karlen's presence, those who fancy "Dark Shadows" will appreciate the production's overall, unpretentious feel. (For those in the know, "Dark Shadows" actually tackled Shelley's themes with its "Adam/Eve" storyline.) This version also sports Robert Cobert's distinctive music, which further invokes a "Dark Shadows" aura. (In the same vein, fans of Curtis' "Jekyll/Hyde" and "Dorian Gray" will feel at home with this "Frankenstein". Fans of the BBC, Louis Jourdan "Count Dracula" will also find it worth while.)
If one has a hankering for classic monsters and good, old-fashioned horror retellings, Dan Curtis "Frankenstein" is a must to view and own. Simply put, they just don't make them like this anymore. A pity, indeed, but at least through this DVD release, one will have a chance to re-experience an example of a gothic story done right.
I won't waste time recapping the storyline. Rather, I'll get right to my issues with the film. As the first scene begins, an on-screen note tells us we are in the year 1856--and we assume we're supposed to be in Europe somewhere... And yet, everyone talks like they're from the U.S. in 1973, for the most part. The sets all look like stage plays. I realize that this look is something of a Trademark for the man responsible for years of DARK SHADOWS, but I expected production values at least on par with THE NIGHT STALKER, THE NIGHT STRANGLER or THE NORLESS TAPES.
I realize that much of the novel, particularly the brilliantly dismal conclusion, could not be adequately rendered in this production probably due to budgetary (and technological) limitations. But even so, a stage-set for an underground cavern or some such is a very poor substitute for the icy and glacial waters on which the Monster (referred to as "the Giant" in this film) meets his end in Shelly's novel.
I have lots of mad love and respect for Dan Curtis in his reverence for traditional gothic horror. His sets are always spooky looking, and no one plays spookier music than his guy Robert Cobert. But I think taking on Frankenstein was a bit more than he could adequately chew. This effort shows some heart but little else.
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The most sensitive Frankenstein I have ever viewed. The cast is good, but Bo Svenson as The Giant, is really good. You root for him. You feel for him and you share his pain.Published on February 17, 2014 by m
i love dan curtis stuff but this tested my limits in viewing displeasure a very slow moving film or as the monster might say me deadPublished on February 26, 2013 by lance ramrod
This is a very well done staged production. Always in search of John Karlen films, once again, I had to be content with few scenes. Few but good. He's worth it. Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by J. Robinson
With imagination, a viewer might be able to see some connection to Shelley's novel; however, the production was extremely poor. Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by Lady Meacham
I have been looking for this for a couple of years. The quality was perfect and the timing of the shipment was ideal.Published on December 1, 2008 by Deanna M. Ellis
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