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Campy beyond belief...how about some wine to go with all that cheese??


This movie would have been excellent as a spoof, but apparently we are supposed to take this "horror/drama" seriously!?! LOL Come ON, the sheer campiness, lame plot, ridiculous dialogue and hammy overacting clearly classifies it as humor, and I laughed all the way through it. The premise is cool concerning the accidental time shift, but what are the odds he would encounter a fictional character (???) or even a future-known writer about to pen a famous first novel? More likely he would have ended up in some nondescript time and place of no great interest to history, and the whole movie would have been about lack of hygiene and indoor plumbing.

Okay, and now we have the cheesy characters, oh brother. The doctor and his AI car as a crime-fighting duo out to prevent Frankenstein's monster from killing again plays like a bad episode of Knight Rider. (true, they were all bad) And what was up with the totally inexplicable love scene between Mary Shelley and the Doctor??? That came out of nowhere as well as being nauseating. (Must be that John Hurt is so drop dead irresistable, lol) Ah, and who can forget Raoul Julia in all his overblown, hamfisted glory, rolling his bug eyes and screeching in true spoof form, "She LIIIIIIVVVVESSSS!!!!!" Oh yes, and of course our monster (who resembles the satanic bull in "Legend", without the red makeup) who casually RIPS OFF HIS OWN ARM to use as a handy weapon, when there is scrap metal lying all around? Talk about a moronic move...apparently even with all those physical upgrades the creator gave him, he still had only a male brain, nyuk nyuk.

So my take on this movie is that it is surely entertaining... if you don't try to take it as seriously as the director wants you to.

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If it is any consolation, the novel this movie is based from is much better.

"A good movie is three good scenes and no bad scenes" Howard Hawks

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Its Roger Corman, King of Campy. Another classic from him is Deathrace 2000. Great flick.

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HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! It's a Roger Corman film! Of course it's cheesy! My God, you can't review a Roger Corman film like a normal film! They are films that regular people can review in all fairnes, please I hope you don't take this as an insult but if you don't even known that the satanic bull in Legend was "Darkness" and the actor portraying "Darkness" was great underrated actor Tim Curry, maybe you shouldn't review genre films. If you reply back in anger, I understand, but I'm just being honest.

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The original poster said: "but what are the odds he would encounter a fictional character"

It's a movie! All the characters are fictional! in the fictional world that this movie takes place in Dr. Frankenstein was a real person, even though he never existed in our real world. Did you think this was a documentary or something?!

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I think this is unfair to the original post. The film is fiction, but with historical characters who are non-fictional. Shelley, Byron, Mary . . . but as it happens, this movie suggests that Mary based her book on a real-life Dr. Frankenstein & a real-life monster running loose in Geneva. It's a little bit confused. Even in a fictional tale like Frankenstein Unbound, the premise is that this "fiction" is actually happening while we watch it on screen. It's a bit illogical for Buchanan to meet Mary AND her fictional creations (Dr. Frankenstein & his monster).

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I loved this film! I never thought it ws meant to be anything but good fun. Cheesy indeed, but it's tasty cheese!




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"... he still had only a male brain, nyuk nyuk."

Yeah, but thank God it wasn't a female's brain! If he had the mind of a chick, he'd probably try ripping off his own head instead.

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Frank n. teraring off his own arm and throwing it at John Hurt (I think...?) is one of the funniest things I've ever seen.

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I agree that this film should have been tweaked a little and sold as a spoof. Had they done so, it would have been a cult classic alongside The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eight Dimension. Instead, Frankenstein Unbound fails miserably because it takes itself seriously and expects audiences to do the same.

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