Frankenstein: Day of the Beast
|Frankenstein: Day of the Beast|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ricardo Islas|
|Produced by||Mark Harris
Andrew C. Mathews
|Screenplay by||Ricardo Islas|
by Mary Shelley
|Music by||Alexander Scriabin|
|Editing by||Ricardo Islas|
|Distributed by||Alpha Studios|
Frankenstein: Day of the Beast is a 2011 independent horror film directed by Ricardo Islas, based on the novel of the same name by Mary Shelley. It premiered with a limited theatrical release in the United States on November 27, 2011.
Tagline: An island. A bride. A monster.
The film takes place on an undisclosed island on a foggy, winter day. Victor Frankenstein and his bride, Elizabeth, are set to be married by a priest who is rowed in on a small raft. But all is not well on the day of these young lovers’ wedding: The ceremony is clearly being conducted in secret, and Victor and Elizabeth are under the protection of seven well-armed mercenaries. All parties soon find themselves being stalked by a seemingly supernatural enemy of great physical strength that dwells in the woods surrounding the small chapel...a monster who kills with swiftness and purpose. As the slaughter escalates and the characters begin to die one by one at the hands of this mysterious Creature, Victor is forced to confess the unholy crimes he committed that has placed himself and the others in this deadly predicament. Meanwhile, as each character faces certain death, the beast’s ultimate target reveals itself not to be Victor, but his bride.
- Michelle Shields as Elizabeth Frankenstein
- Adam Stephenson as Victor Frankenstein
- Tim Krueger as The Monster
- Paul Barile as Mr. Rowley
- Jay Disney as Henry
- Suzy Brack as Justine
- Wesley Saint Louis as Bartul
- John Vitiritti as Schiffer
Production and release
Production began in the Orland Park, Illinois area in January 2011 and was funded by indie fundraising website IndieGoGo. Principal photography ended in August of the same year. The official world premiere for the movie was held at The Portage Theater in Chicago on Sunday, November 27, 2011. It is currently[when?] seeking additional distribution.
Responses from the premiere have been positive, with reviews praising the film primarily for its homages to horror films produced by Hammer Studios. Patrick McDonald of Hollywoodchicago.com awarded the film 3 stars out of 5: "It has all the familiar Frankenstein monster elements, but also delivers a certain style and authority that allows it to make its own mark. The acting, setting, costumes and dialogue screams drive-in movie fare, but the production gamely reaches out to retell the myth with a little sex, a lot of gore and an interesting take on the reanimation portion of the monster." Danél Griffin of Film as Art included the film on his top ten of the year list, praising it as "a sort of Kill Bill-inspired homage to the Universal, Amicus, and Hammer horror flicks, a pulpy tribute to what we loved about those old films that replicates their charms while creating its own." John Collins of Weirdreview.com also recommends the film primarily for its nostalgic qualities, and he adds, "This is easily the most viscous, evil Frankenstein’s monster I have ever encountered." Ain't It Cool News writes, "Its diversions from [the original] story made me look past the rough edges that go along with low budget and amateur acting. ... I applaud the filmmaker’s derivations from the source material".
- "Synopsis from official website". Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "Production news". Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "Facebook Page". Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "Creature Feature Vibe in ‘Frankenstein: Day of the Beast.’" Review by Patrick McDonald.Hollywood Chicago. November 27, 2011
- Griffin, Danél (December 9, 2011). "The Cinema of 2011". Film as Art. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- Collins, John (November 28, 2011). "Frankenstein Day of the Beast – A Review Plus Interviews with Ricardo Islas in English and Spanish". WeirdReview.com. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
- "AICN HORROR looks at new horrors: HOSTEL PART III, AMITYVILLE HAUNTING! HER HEART STILL BEATS! FRANKENSTEIN: DAY OF THE BEAST! & HAROLD’S GOING STIFF!". Ain't It Cool News. January 20, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- Official website
- Frankenstein: Day of the Beast at the Internet Movie Database
- WCIU interview with director Ricardo Islas: http://www.wciu.com/youandme.php?section=home&assets=videos&assetID=10007096
- Interview with lead actress Michelle Shields about her character Elizabeth: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMichelleShields#p/u/0/IB6iLEYwu9w