Review Date: October 13, 2000
Released by: Something Weird Video
Release date: 10/17/2000
Region 0, NTSC
Full Frame 1.33:1
Count Frankenstein (Rossano Brazzi) has a castle full of freaks! First there Genz (Michael Dunn) the perverted midget, Igor (Gordon Mitchell) the hunchback, Hans (Luciano Pigozzi) the servant and Goliath (Loren Ewing) the neanderthal. Count Frankenstein has been performing experiments to try and bring dead human bodies back to life. Many of these experiments require dead human bodies so Frankenstein often sends his freaks to the local cemetary to dig up fresh bodies. When the superstitious villagers kill off a local neanderthal (Goliath), Frankenstein uses his latest experimental techniques to bring the dead body back to life. He succeeds in bringing Goliath back to life. Frankenstein and his servants then begin nursing him back to health.
Frankenstein's daughter Maria (Simonetta Vitelli), her boyfriend Eric (Eric Mann) and her close friend Krista (Christiane Rücker) arrive at the castle just in time for the holidays. Sadly, Eric must leave due to his mother's illness. Krista is interested in the Count's scientific techniques and the two begin to form a romantic relationship.
When local police find small footprints near the latest grave robbing, they immediately suspect Genz. Because of this Frankenstein orders that Genz be exiled from the castle. Hans, who has long hated and wanted to get rid of Genz, immediately kicks him out, telling him to never come back. Genz, having nowhere to go, begins to wander around in the forest. He soon stumbles across and befriends Ook (Salvatore Baccaro), another neanderthal. Genz knows that Hans framed it by purposely not covering his footprints up. He takes revenge by freeing Goliath, the crazed neanderthal that is in love with Krista. Now it's up to Frankenstein to try and save his monster before the local villagers, who would surely kill it, get to it first. But Ook has abducted Krista, which is sure to cause Goliath to go into a fit of rage. Even Frankenstein himself, the monster's creator, may not be able to save the crazed Goliath as he goes head to head with Ook.
Something Weird Video does it once again, releasing another very weird movie onto DVD. Take an Italian version of Frankenstein and add a bit of exploitation - what you end up with is Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks. Horny freaks, nudity, murder, revenge...you get it all here. And don't forget that it features a performance by "Boris Lugosi" (hopefully you get the joke, or perhaps it's a ripoff). This movie is really, really awful. If they went all out and made it an exploitation film then that might actually have made it more enjoyable. Instead, they try to mix exploitation into what appears to be an attempt at a serious horror film. Their attempt failed, of course. And what about these ridiculous looking neanderthals. They fail at providing the "monster feel" you expect from a Frankenstein style film. Now if the neanderthals went around tearing girls clothes off the whole movie in hopes of making a nice little exploitation film that would've been a completely different thing...but that isn't the case here. I think they were actually trying to make the neanderthals scary (maybe I'm wrong on this, but that's my take on it).
Many people out there really enjoy these bad movies, and those people won't be disappointed here. But I should mention that I do enjoy many of the Something Weird Video releases. They usually combine a whacky mix of horror and comedy, or sci-fi, with exploitation and the result is usually enjoyable. But for me Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks tried, somewhat, to be a serious movie. That really ruined the enjoyment for me.
Image Entertainment and Something Weird Video present Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks it's its original full frame 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The transfer boasts strong colors, a sharp image and natural looking flesh tones. There's some blemishes that appear, mostly scratches, dirt and some lines, but it's very minimal. You'll see some minor grain in a few of the nighttime scenes, but that is also minimal. An excellent job done by Image on this one.
Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks is presented in Dolby Digital mono sound. No problems were found in sound. Dialogue was clear without any distortion or background noise.
Image has included a few extras on this DVD. There's a trailer for the film, film shorts The Monster & the Maiden and Frankenstein & the Naughty Nurse and a gallery of exploitation art featuring horrorama radio-spot rarities. The gallery features some cool artwork and the radio spots playing in the background are definitely cool. "SEE THE VAMPIRE PEOPLE WHO COME INTO THE AUDIENCE SEEKING FRESH, YOUNG BLOOD!" The first short, The Monster & The Maiden, runs at about 11 minutes. A woman dances around a coffin that contains Frankenstein. When she finally opens the coffin Frankenstein comes out and tears her clothes off. She then continues to dance around Frankenstein, missing the majority of her clothes. Frankenstein & The Naughty Nurse runs only a few minutes long. It's about a nurse that decides to remove her clothes in front of the strapped down Frankenstein. Her teasing causes Frankenstein to break free of his straps to try and get some action. Both shorts are amusing and definitely worth watching once.
Mediocre movie in my opinion, but Image and Something Weird Video deliver the goods with a fine video presentation and a few enjoyable extras. If you're a fan of these types of movie you definitely won't be disappointed with this high quality DVD.
Movie - D+
Image Quality - B+
Sound - A-
Supplements - B-
- Running Time - 1 hour 30 minutes
- Not Rated
- 1 Disc
- Chapter stops
- English Dolby Digital Mono
- Theatrical trailer
- Short Subject #1: The Monster and the Maiden
- Short Subject #2: Frankenstein and the Naughty Nurse
- Gallery of Exploitation Art with Horrorama Radio-Spot Rarities