Thursday, October 06, 2011

31 Days of Frankenstein: 1970 and Daughter

Frankenstein - 1970 (1958)

Following Hammer's Curse of Frankenstein in 1957, other filmmakers wanted to cash in on the revival. Set twelve years into its own future, Frankenstein 1970 promised a Monster "for the atomic age." It also offered Boris Karloff in his second appearance as a mad scientist working on a Frankenstein project (House of Frankenstein being the first, but 1970 was the first time he played a guy actually named Frankenstein). Frankensteinia describes the Monster's look as "a cross between the Michelin Man and the boiler robot of the classic Republic serials," which isn't inaccurate, but I kind of love it anyway.

Frankenstein's Daughter (1958)

This cash-grab was made for $65,000 in less than a week. That's important when you realize that the masculine Monster in the poster is actually supposed to be the titular Daughter. According to Frankensteinia again, the story goes that Frankenstein's grandson Oliver Frank wants to follow in his grandfather's footsteps, but chooses a female corpse to turn into his Creature. Unfortunately, no one told the makeup guy that the Monster was female. "There was no time or money to fix the mistake, so they slapped lipstick on The Monster and, according to director [Richard] Cunha, 'we pushed the guy on the set and started shooting.'"

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