Frankenstein Reborn Release Date: 28 August 2005 (USA) Genre: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller Director(s): Leigh Scott (Art House, The Beast of Bray Road) Writer(s): Leigh Scott (Art House, The Beast of Bray Road) Starring: Rhett Giles,Thomas Downey, Joel Hebner I’m loving The Asylum’s current creative plan for their in-house productions. Much of their films […]

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Frankenstein Reborn
Release Date: 28 August 2005 (USA)
Genre: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director(s): Leigh Scott (Art House, The Beast of Bray Road)
Writer(s): Leigh Scott (Art House, The Beast of Bray Road)
Starring: Rhett Giles,Thomas Downey, Joel Hebner

I’m loving The Asylum’s current creative plan for their in-house productions. Much of their films seem to start off with the idea of taking an older film convention and updating it. That looks to be how Way of the Vampire (vampire hunter), Legion of the Dead (mummies and an Egyptian goddess), the upcoming Beast of Bray Road (werewolf), and now, Frankenstein Reborn were conceived. Taking the classic Mary Shelley novel and giving it an innovative update for the twenty-first century, Frankenstein Reborn comes quite close to matching up with The Asylum’s best films. While it’s still a quick rewrite and actor recasting from hitting that level, Reborn still manages to be incredibly entertaining.

Told from the perspective of mad scientist Victor Franks (Giles) as psychiatrist Robert Walton evaluates his mental competence, Frankenstein Reborn follows Franks as he attempts to use nanotechnology to cure young Bryce’s paralyzed body. Not seeing the desired results, Franks begins to experiment on himself. His feelings of rage and anger are transferred to the physically, but not mentally, healthy Bryce. After Franks shoots a livid Bryce dead, he hurriedly tries to bring him back to life using nanos and electricity. It doesn’t appear to work at first, but when Franks wakes up a couple hours later, his creature has left his lab to go wreck havoc on the people who didn’t believe in him.

When I say Frankenstein Reborn could’ve used a rewrite, I mean it. There are four or five female characters that are developed throughout the movie, and none are interesting. One scene in particular, where Franks injects himself with a drug (possibly heroin, although a superior does accuse him of having a coke habit) and then joins two of the liplocked females for some sex. It really makes no sense in context, and brings the film down a half-a-point all by itself.

Like most of the Asylum films, this is filled with the gore and violence that, while likely killing sales in Germany, certainly will keep the American audience more than happy. I’m talking about a body being gorily cut in half, a sawed-off head, Franks and his assistant sorting through various entrails, and a pulled-out heart. Mucho brutality for mucho cool film.

Yet another testament to just how much The Asylum rocks.
DVD: This is an odd one for me. Starting off, there’s a behind-the-scenes featurette that is a quick compilation of various interviews, five deleted scenes (the first three of which probably should’ve been kept in the film), and some bloopers. There’s a commentary track as well, but it’s almost unlistenable. I’m talking about ten or more people in a room competing for speaking time, all while two actors/crewmembers imitate the M.I.A. Joel Hebner (who played Bryce) with a feminime voice that gets old after about five seconds. We get it; you’re pretending to be gay. I turned the thing off after about ten minutes.

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