Frankenstein 90 (1984) from Tuna

I was expecting yet another Euro-Horror film (this week's releases are mostly horror genre) and got a very pleasant surprise. This film is actually a very enjoyable romantic comedy take on the Frankenstein story.

Victor Frankenstein (Jean Rochefort) is a professor who is secretly working on his ancestors' work. He has been stealing body parts from girlfriend Fiona Gélin's government research lab, and is short only a head, which the lab is not allowed to have. Someone sells him a head, and he creates Frank (Eddy Mitchell). Frank is cultured, large, very strong, has impeccable manners, and has no idea of right and wrong. Things begin to get difficult when Frank sees Victor and his girlfriend Elizabeth having sex. First he tries "cuddling" the maid, and crunches her, leaving a corpse to hide. Later, Frank is bothered by the man that sold the head to Victor, and does him in.


Vos shows everything, including full frontal, in clear light. Gélin shows breasts in bed with Victor, and again outside when Frank is trying to force himself on her. Several unidentified showgirls show breasts and buns in thongs.
Things come to a head when Frank grabs Gelin through an open window, and decides to "cuddle" with her. Once she gets over her rage at Victor for not being honest with her about Frank, the three of them decide they need to make a companion for Frank. They go to a nightclub and shop for what interests Frank in a woman. Finally Victor explains that the ideal woman would have the face of one girl, the breasts of another, and the buns of a third. Next day, Frank shows up with a meat truck, and the three women are hanging dead inside. Victor decides it is time to go to the police, but they don't believe him, so Victor sets about making Adelaide (Herma Vos). I won't spoil any more of the plot.  

The Critics Vote

  • It won Best Actor and Best Screenplay at Fantasporto


The People Vote ...

IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a B-. I enjoyed it immensely. For those who hate French romantic comedy, don't worry, this is not typical. For those who don't like horror, don't worry, that is not what this is about. Unless you can't stand subtitles, you will enjoy this film. B-.

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