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House of Frankenstein(1997) (Movie Review)

House of Frankenstein is a television miniseries that aired back in 1997. Though it uses the title of the 1944 film, the “plot” is quite different.
TV promo for House of Frankenstein:
Here’s the synopsis they used for the DVD:

“Detective Coyle is trying to solve several bizarre murders and is having no luck finding a suspect. But when his girlfriend, Grace, turns into a werewolf and gets kidnapped by Crispian Grimes, a vampire and owner of the nightclub House of Frankestein, things start to fall into place.”

Oh, lord. Where to begin? I saw this series when I was seven and ate that shit up. Fast forward to adult me and this series became something I vaguely remembered. I couldn’t remember the title, just the word Frankenstein.
I don’t know how long it took me to find it, armed with only the words Frankenstein, vampire, werewolf, and the almighty power of Google, but find it I did. Turns out the DVD is a bit of a rarity, but someone posted it on Youtube in ten-minute parts.

Director James Whale and actor Boris Karloff on the set of the original 1944 film.

First, let me just say, this is not a good series. As a writer, I can’t help but cringe at the dialogue. The plot (if it can rightly be called one) is messy and most times nonsensical.
The acting can be just as bad as the writing, and most of the special effects (though they were awesome to me as a kid) have not aged well. To make matters worst, this is essentially a made for tv movie that they broke in half and aired on NBC. That means no gore, which is fine, but the creators don’t use the lack of gore to their advantage, to create tension and let the audiences’ minds fill in the blanks.
I should hate this movie. It’s one of those titles that should probably be killed with fire and the world would be better for it. However, after rewatching the series, I have to admit… I had a lot of fun with it.

Teri Polo of Meet The Fockers fame starred in this low budget made for tv remake.

It’s cheesy, poorly written and is nothing, but a poorly executed attempt to cash in on the love for the universal monsters. However, I had the biggest shit-eating grin while watching it. There’s also a bunch of actors I recognized, who thankfully went on to bigger and better things.

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