Thursday, October 27, 2011

31 Days of Frankenstein: Reborn Creature from Blood Cove

Frankenstein Reborn (2005)

You know you've arrived when The Asylum decides you're worth ripping off. And though you can't really "rip off" a public domain story like Frankenstein, SyFy's favorite studio decided it was worth adapting the year after Van Helsing, Hallmark, and Dean Koontz all did versions. Probably not a coincidence.

Like Wake the Dead, Frankenstein Reborn places the story in a modern setting. It makes some different choices from Steve Niles' version though, making Victor Frank older and using nanotechnology in the creation of the Monster. It's also got a heavy (and reportedly intentional) Hammer vibe going on.

Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove (2005)

Frankenstein vs the Creature from Blood Cove is a deliberate, black-and-white homage to the horror movies of the '50s. In it, crazy Dr Lazaroff first makes a Creature from the Black Lagoon-like gill man. When it escapes, the doctor figures that the only rational thing to do is to find and revive the body of Frankenstein's Monster, bend it to his will, and have the Monster attack the Creature. I haven't even seen this movie and I'm already sort of in love with Dr Lazaroff.

There also seems to be a werewolf, but I've got no idea how he fits into all this.

The creature designs are all pretty cool. I mean, they're all rubber masks and suits, but the designs are great, including the extremely Shelley-ready Frankenstein's Monster. I've got to see this one.

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