Frankenstein '80

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Frankenstein '80
Frankenstein-80-poster.jpg
Italian film poster
Directed by Mario Mancini
Screenplay by
  • Ferdinando De Leone
  • Mario Mancini
Story by Ferdinando De Leone[1]
Starring
Music by Daniele Patucchi[1]
Cinematography Emilio Varriano[1]
Edited by Enzo Micarelli[1]
Production
company
M.G.D. Film[1]
Distributed by Les Films 2R Roma
Release date
  • 12 December 1972 (1972-12-12) (Italy)
Running time
89 minutes[1]
Country Italy[1]

Frankenstein '80 is a 1972 Italian film directed by Mario Mancini.

Plot summary[edit]

By day, Dr. Frankenstein (Gordon Mitchell) works innocuously in his lab. But at night, he works to perfect Mosaico (Xiro Papas), a monstrosity pieced together from dead bodies. Once completed, the behemoth escapes from the lab and embarks on a killing spree. Local beauties begin popping up dead, murdered in a variety of gruesome ways, as authorities attempt to stop Mosaico's rampage.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Despite the films title alluding to Mary Shelley's character, the film has little in common with her creation.[2] The inspiration of Ferdinando De Leone and Mario Mancini's script was from the adult only comics such as Oltretomba.[1][2] Future Academy Awards winner Carlo Rambaldi provided the special effects in the film such as the monster named Mosaic.[2][3] Curti referred to the special effects as "crude" and was an "early hint of the tendency towards excess that will characterise Italian genre cinema of the decade"[2]

Lou Castel was originally going to act in the film but was not allowed after being expelled from Italy in April 1972 due to his political views.[4] Actor Gordon Mitchell stated that parts of the film were possibly shot in Bavaria, but not any of the scenes he was involved in.[4] The rest of the film was shot in Munich and Rome.[1]

Release[edit]

Frankenstein '80 was released in Italy on 12 December 1972 where it was distributed by Les Films 2R Roma.[1] Film historian Roberto Curti stated that the film "passed almost unnoticed in Italy at the time of its release"[4] A photonovel version of the film was released in the Italian issue of Cinesex in May 1973.[4]

As of 2017, the film is in the public domain in the United States.[4]

Reception[edit]

From retrospective reviews, AllMovie called the film "stupid, sickening, and obscene", but "seekers of psychotronic cinema will have a field day with this ridiculous Italian exploitation product."[5] In his book on Italian horror film directors, Louis Paul referred to the film as as "strange" and "a lurid sex film dressed as a horror movie."[6]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Curti 2017, p. 69.
  2. ^ a b c d Curti 2017, p. 70.
  3. ^ Celli & Cottino-Jones 2007, p. 106.
  4. ^ a b c d e Curti 2017, p. 71.
  5. ^ Fred Beldin. "Frankenstein 80 (1972)". AllMovie. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Paul 2005, p. 28.

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