Frankenstein Island

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Frankenstein Island
Frankenstein Island.jpg
Theatrical poster to Frankenstein Island
Directed by Jerry Warren
Produced by
  • Robert Christopher
  • Jerry Warren
Written by Jerry Warren (as "Jaques Lecouter")
Starring
Music by Jerry Warren (as "Erich Bromberg")
Edited by Jerry Warren
Production
company
Cerito Films
Distributed by Intercontinental
Release dates
  • 1981 (1981)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Frankenstein Island is a 1981 American film starring John Carradine.[1] It was the last movie directed by Jerry Warren and the only one of his low-budget films made in color.

Plot[edit]

When a hot air balloon crashes on a remote and uncharted island, the four balloonists and their dog Melvin are captured by a pair of drunken old pirates who take them to the hilltop laboratory home of Dr. Frankenstein's modern-day descendant Sheila Frankenstein (Katherine Victor) who is carrying on the family tradition by turning shipwrecked sailors into pre-programmed bloodless, black-garbed zombies who must wear sunglasses to protect their weird white eyes from light.

Discovering that one of the new arrivals is a doctor (Robert Clarke), the buxom, white-haired Sheila quickly brainwashes him into helping her try to save her bedridden 200-year-old husband Dr. Von Helsing using the blood of a Poe-quoting prisoner (Cameron Mitchell) and the nubile bodies of a local tribe of primitive bikini-clad amazon jungle girls descended from highly advanced aliens who once used the rocky, desolate island as their secret Earth landing site.

Meanwhile, the mystic spirit of her ancestor (John Carradine) hovers ever near, channeling from the Great Beyond all the arcane energies that charge her experiments as he rants about "The Power! The Power!!", while his immortal creation, the original Frankenstein Monster, lies trapped underwater at the bottom of a pool hidden in an underground cave, biding its time as it waits for its chance to escape.

Reception[edit]

Writing in The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, academic Peter Dendle called it "a ludicrous mishmash of random elements, lovingly stirred into a burgoo of cinematic insanity".[2]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2012, the film was added to the roster of RiffTrax, the satirical show in the vein of Mystery Science Theater 3000, hosted by Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frankenstein Island (1981)." The New York Times. Retrieved on February 2, 2009.
  2. ^ Dendle, Peter (2001). The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company. pp. 68–69. ISBN 978-0-7864-9288-6. 

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