Frankenstein vs. The Creature From Blood Cove DVD Review
Written by Peter West
DVD released by William Winckler Productions
Written and directed by William Winckler
2005, Region 1 (NTSC), 90 minutes, Not rated
DVD released on October 4th, 2005
Michael Anton as Surfer 1
Dezzirae Ascalon as Dezzirae Lee
Jeff Berkwits as Bar Patron
G. Larry Butler as Dr. Monroe Lazaroff
Gary Canavello as Percy Featherstone
Tera Cooley as Gabrielle
Raven De La Croix as Gypsy Woman
Noush D. as Lunden
Lawrence Furbish as Frankenstein's Monster
Lisa Hammer as Monster's Bride
Carla Harvey as Beula
Ron Jeremy as Bar Man
Lloyd Kaufman as Bar Drunk
Rich Knight as Salisbury
Alison Lees-Taylor as Dr. Ula Foranti
Patrick Lilly as Transformed Werewolf
George Lindsey Jr. as Harry Granville
Kaiwi Lyman as Surfer 2
Mimma Mariucci as Mimi
Corey Marshall as Creature/Ghost/Werewolf/Bar Man
Selena Silver as Herself
William Winckler as Bill Grant
The movie begins with the creature escaping from Dr. Lazaroff's lab after chemical mind control experiments fail and disappearing into the ocean. Lazaroff then sets out to Shellvainia to dig up Dr. Frankenstein's monster. Warned to leave Shellvainia by a crazy gypsy woman, they then are attacked by a werewolf while digging up the monster. They bring the monster back to Lazaroff's lab and re-animate it.
Now switch to poor Bill Grant, a photographer for a men's magazine, who at the direction of his manager sets out for Blood Cove to do a photo shoot. When they are attacked by the creature and lose the model, he is ordered back to Blood Cove with another model to finish the assignment. Of course they're attacked again and the new model is killed. Grant along with his assistant Dezzirae and makeup man Percy escape to Lazaroff's lab and are held prisoner by the mad doctor.
Lazaroff's insane plan is revealed, in order to fight the war on terror he is creating an invincible soldier that will kill any intended target. As it had to happen the Frankenstein monster and the creature meet head-on in battle to the death. "In a war of terror, the ultimate terror wins!"
Intentionally camp, Frankenstein vs. The Creature From Blood Cove takes us back 50+ years to the era of the Universal horror films and the '50s low budget sci-fi films. Winckler takes a creative script, good talent and spends much more than we normally expect from a low budget film to make a film that rival's Mel Brook's Young Frankenstein.
Shooting the movie in B&W allows the special effects team to have a little more freedom than a low budget film would usually.. I enjoyed the "man in the rubber suit" creatures and they didn't look stupid because of intelligent cinematography. Winckler also made wise decisions in casting. G. Larry Butler overplays Lazaroff a little, however he does it so seriously that it works. I really wonder why we don't see him in more mainstream roles. The rest of the cast plays it pretty straight (well forget that with the hairdresser Percy) and serious with a touch of subtle humor.
Unlike the Double-D Avenger where there is so much sexual innuendo and no naked breasts, Frankenstein vs. The Creature From Blood Cove delivers bigtime! Porn actress Selena Silver and magazine models Tera Cooley and Carla Harvey aren't shy one bit. Here's where you're going to be shocked by me... I think Winckler should cut out the nudity and also release a PG version of the movie as well as the uncut. Bill has created a movie that with the exception of the nudity would be perfect for young kids to watch. When he reads this review he can consider it.
I was really impressed with Frankenstein VS The Creature from Blood Cove, it's a well produced film that really exceeded my expectations. It shows an evolution in filmmaking by director Bill Winckler that has really jumped up quite a few notches since Double-D Avenger. I am so glad he proceeded with this project and not a sequel to Double-D. Solid casting, great cinematography and musical composition along with some funny cameos by Lloyd Kaufman and Ron Jeremy make this a very enjoyable film to watch. I can't wait to see what's up next in William Winckler's bag of tricks!
Video and Audio:
Shot on DV in B&W, Frankenstein VS The Creature from Blood Cove is presented in a non anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer. Matthias Schubert's cinematography is excellent for a low budget film, with the exception of a few issues here and there with lighting, the feel of a 1950's creature feature is captured as if the movie was filmed 50 years ago!
Mel Lewis who has been the main man for Roger Corman the last few years gives us a musical composition that takes us right back to the Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff films of the '30s and '40s. The organ and harpsichord are used in tune with the action to keep the pace of the film fast and furious!
As he did with the Double-D Avenger, Winckler loads up the DVD with a wealth of extras. There's a feature length commentary, two making of documentaries, deleted scenes, audition tapes, bloopers and a trailer. I found them all to be informative and interesting.
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