24 November 2014

Lady Frankenstein (1971)
85 min.
Directed by Mel Welles & Aureliano Luppi.
With Joseph Cotten, Rosalba Neri, Paul Muller, Herbert Lux, Paul Whiteman, Renate Kasché, Lorenzo Terzon, Ada Pometti, Marino Masé, Mickey Hargitay.
More kooky Italian fun.

As the culmination of his experiments in body reanimation, Baron Frankenstein (Cotten) successfully brings a dead corpse to life.

But since a damaged brain was used in the process, the Monster goes berserk and crushes the Baron to death.

No worries.

The Baron's beautiful schooled daughter Tania (Neri) picks up right where her pop left off.

She plops the genius brain of her father's scientific colleague Charles (Muller) into the studly body of her mute handyman Thomas (Masé)...and voila!

Now, Tania's not only got an unstoppable sex slave at her disposal, she's also got somebody to help her finish that pesky sudoku she can't solve.

Meanwhile, the Baron's original creation continues to ravage the countryside, killing helpless villagers by the dozens. Ah, the glories of weird science.

Impossibly dubbed and illogically plotted, this strange contribution to the Frankenstein canon may be late night, drive-in fodder, sure...but it's got an irresistible sort of charm all its own.

Italian horror regular Neri (1971's Slaughter Hotel, et al) is lovely to watch, and she injects life into this trippy carnivale with her feisty, determined performance.

Overall, think a more restrained mixture of Rocky Horror (1975) meets Warhol's Flesh for Frankenstein (1973), yet predating both.

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