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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein


Let's be honest: this should be titled Wretched Excess' Frankenstein. Swooping, wild, bloody, and energetic, this is bad moviemaking from the best, which makes it all the more lovable. Kenneth Branagh plays Victor Frankenstein, a man so obsessed with conquering death that he decides to create life. What he gets, after a protoplasmic mud wrestle, is a Mean Streets monster (Robert De Niro) that isn't particularly happy to be back from the dead or thrilled about all the stitches. Helena Bonham Carter may, at several points in this film, actually be channeling Ramtha. The supporting cast couldn't be peopled with better performers (Tom Hulce, John Cleese, Ian Holm) but they all look like they're ringside at some Ultimate Fighting competition. A must for any midnight movie collector for the shock factor alone. A hoot. --Keith Simanton

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby


Robert De NiroThe Creature
Kenneth BranaghVictor Frankenstein
Tom HulceHenry Clerval
Helena Bonham CarterElizabeth
Aidan QuinnCaptain Robert Walton
Ian HolmBaron Frankenstein
Richard BriersGrandfather
John CleeseProfessor Waldman
Robert HardyProfessor Krempe
Cherie LunghiCaroline Beaufort Frankenstein
Celia ImrieMrs. Moritz
Hugh BonnevilleSchiller

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