Wednesday, 1 January 2014

The Frankenstein Experiment (2011)

Also sometimes titled The Frankenstein Syndrome or The Prometheus Project, this is an above average low budget horror movie, the inspiration for which should be obvious from its title. It stars Tiffany Shepis, who is kind of like a modern day Linnea Quigley, except she's better at that actual 'acting' part of the job.

I feel the film undercuts itself with its structure, which positions most of the film as Shepis's character giving the FBI a statement about what happened. I think the tension would build better if we simply saw events unfold as they happened, rather than seeing some of the outcomes before hand. It'd also free up the 10 minutes spent on interview scenes to focus on character development and interaction. I suspect they framed it this way because it results in a very punchy opening scene, but I think the movie overall would be stronger with a lower-key, more understatedly creepy opening, and then a slow building of tension. A more chronological approach would also avoid silliness like having characters in a flashback having further flashbacks. That's a crime I haven't seen committed since "Highlander".

Still, eight bucks and eighty minutes that I don't regret. Worth checking out if you're interested in a modern reimagining of Mary Shelley's famous work.

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