FRANKENSTEIN (1973) FROM DAN CURTIS

Halloween Month continues here at Balladeer’s Blog and so does the 200th anniversary year of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. FOR THREE MORE REVIEWS OF DAN CURTIS HORROR PRODUCTIONS CLICK HERE 

Frankenstein 1FRANKENSTEIN (1973) – Dan Curtis was well-known for his Dark Shadows television series, the original Night Stalker telefilm and its sequel The Night Strangler. Throw in The Norliss Tapes, Trilogy of Terror and about a dozen more made-for-tv exercises in the macabre.  

In Frankenstein Robert Foxworth stars as Dr Frankenstein and Bo Svenson portrays his famous monster in what was originally a two-part presentation on The Wide World of Mystery. (“He’s an artificially created monster who solves murders!”)

Susan Strasberg played the good doctor’s love Elizabeth, Willie Aames was William Frankenstein and John Karlen from Dark Shadows appeared as Otto.

Leif Garrett, soon to appear as one of the murderous children in Devil Times Five, was briefly glimpsed as a little boy running from the Frankenstein Monster. Heidi Vaughn and Brian Avery were along for the ride as the DeLaceys.  

There’s a lot to like but also a lot to dislike about this version of Frankenstein. My favorite aspect is the way this is one of the earliest productions to free the monster from the image of a simple-minded marauder. The story follows Frankenstein’s creation from his brutish early days to his more intelligent phase.

The storyline was being so nicely streamlined that I was hoping for the big climax to take place at Dr Frankenstein’s wedding but unfortunately things get dragged out a little further. Purists will no doubt fuss over the changes but c’mon – it was a made for tv film in the 1970s. Just be happy the monster got to be more fully-developed this time around.

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