Inspired by a notorious radio marketing stunt, the intrepid genre team of producer Aubrey Schenck (Robinson Crusoe on Mars) and director Howard Koch (Born Reckless) hit upon an inspired conceit that was meta before meta was a thing.
Desperate for money, the disfigured descendant of the original Victor Frankenstein (Boris Karloff) rents Castle Frankenstein to a film crew to shoot a horror film about the legendary monster that shares his name. The victim of Nazi torture, this Frankenstein pursues his ancestor’s legacy with this injection of fresh capital in order to build a nuclear reactor that creates an atom-powered monster. And with a whole film crew around, there’s no shortage of spare body parts!
Boris Karloff is the feather in the crown of this metafictional monster show as the lead, linking the immortal icon back to his most iconic part, refracted through the lens of modern, self-aware cinema. Frankenstein 1970‘s glorious Black and White CinemaScope cinematography shines on the small screen thanks to this brand new, state of 2019 High Definition transfer on 1080p Blu-ray Disc.
Is there a doctor in the house? At the eerie House of Frankenstein, the answer is “yes” – and he’s out to make right the experiment in playing God that’s doomed his family for generations.
There’s also a Karloff in the house, a fact that makes 1958’s Frankenstein 1970 a must-see for savvy fright fans. Twenty-seven years after scaring the daylights out of everyone as the lumbering monster in Frankenstein, Boris Karloff is at the other end of the laboratory switches and gizmos. He’s Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an aging, hulking shambles of dignity and menace who agrees to let a TV crew shoot a horror flick at the family castle. The crew members don’t know it yet, but they’re just what the doctor ordered: fresh body parts, ready for harvesting!
- Commentary by Historians Charlotte Austin, Bob Burns, and Tom Weaver
- Theatrical Trailer
- 16×9 Letterbox
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