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Tales of Frankenstein (2018)

Die, Monster, Die!

It seems to me that the Horror Anthology, once popular in the 1960s, is making a surprising and rather strong comeback in recent years.  There have been a lot of good, independent features that make the most of the short narrative structure, packing each moment with unforgettable scares.  But none of them – at least to my knowledge – have been based around a familiar character in Horror history, which makes Tales of Frankenstein a rather interesting nearly two-hour fun-filled trip down Hammer Films and Universal Studio’s memory lane.

"mixes a fair amount of gore with a healthy dose of humor and heart."


 

Written, directed and produced by Don Glut, who also wrote the bestselling novel version of The Empire Strikes Back, Tales of Frankenstein mixes a fair amount of gore with a healthy dose of humor and heart.  There are four stories included in the anthology and, as they obviously do not take themselves too seriously, they definitely pay their respects to Mary Shelley and the cinematic canon of Frankenstein flicks. 

While you may not have the stomach for some of the sharp turns in its deformed and reanimated parts of Dr. Frankenstein’s family tree, the film definitely feels inspired.  The production values might dip a little from story to story, but the content – both cartoonish and stylized – makes for a memorable evening at the movies.  The film stars Mel Novak (Bruce Lee's Game Of Death), Ann Robinson (War Of The Worlds)l Beverly Wasburn (Spider Baby), Jerry Lacy (Dark Shadows), Robert Axelrod (Power Rangers), Douglas Tait (Hell Boy), Jim Tavare (Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban), T.J Storm (Punisher: War Zone) and Len Wein, creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine, in his final film role.

And, as the film is based on Glut’s own collection of short stories, the film has just the right amount of matinee flair to make this low budget trek through creations gone awry and oh so very dangerous completely worth your time.

The first story, "My Creation, My Beloved" takes a look at Frankenstein’s distant relative who seems possessed by the idea of fixing his family’s failed creation . . . by making Adam and Eve.  But Eve has some ideas of her own.  The second film, "Crawler from the Grave" takes on the hand of one of Frankenstein’s descendants and gives it a wonderfully entertaining job: protecting the family jewels.  Literally.  The third film, "Madhouse of Death", puts us squarely in the 1940's as a hard-boiled detective, three ladies, one mad doctor, and a gorilla go to town with lively reanimation and, in the fourth and final story, "Dr. Karnstein's Creation", we travel to Transylvania for a little life after death debauchery . . . with fangs! Tales of Frankenstein (2018)

Hell, we even have a wraparound story as Frankenstein’s monster digs through the rubble of his creator’s destroyed laboratory.  It all comes together in a tale of madness and full moon lunacy as Frankenstein’s monster and his descendants are honored with tales of the macabre.  Cleavage!  Vampire Frankenstein half-breeds!  Replenish! 

Tales of Frankenstein, the Rondo Hatton classic horror film award winner for best indie film of the year, is now available on Amazon Prime.

4/5 beers

Tales of Frankenstein (2018)

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Tales of Frankenstein (2018)

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
83 mins
Director
: Donald F. Glut
Writer:
Donald F. Glut
Cast:
John Blyth Barrymore, Buddy Daniels Friedman
Genre
: Horror
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Memorable Movie Quote: "Those old bones from our attic turned out to be from his wife."
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Release Date:
October 19, 2018
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Synopsis: Based upon four of writer-director Donald F. Glut's short stories published in his book TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN: "My Creation, My Beloved" (a deformed descendant of Victor Frankenstein creates the perfect man and woman), "Crawler from the Grave" (another Frankenstein descendant's disembodied, plague-infected arm returns from the grave for revenge), "Madhouse of Death" (a private detective winds up in an old dark house filled with loonies...and a gorilla) and "Dr. Karnstein's Creation" (a mad doctor creates a monster in vampire-haunted Transylvania - with gruesomely unexpected results).

Tales of Frankenstein (2018)

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