Frankenstein Unbound

A scientist travels back in time where he meets a famous monster and the writer who documented its creation.
 
 
United States
1990
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Dog
Sadist: 
Executioner
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Catastrophes: 
Collapse
Dimensional: 
Time Traveler
 
 
 
 
4
Not worth revisiting...
 
6
3.04
7.04
6
1
3
1
Performances
Ambiance
Plot
The film suggests that Mary Shelly, who wrote the original Frankenstein novel, was merely relating events that occurred around 1817. This is what our lead, a time traveler from 2031, discovers shortly before he comes in contact with Victor Frankenstein and his creation. What follows is a crime procedural and too much second-hand compositing...
You have to give Frankenstein Unbound credit for taking its own direction, sticking to its aesthetic choices and not delivering the same tale for the nth time. That said, the film has such a complex story in store that it neglects its own attempts at suspense and horror in the process. As a result, the directing comes out distant, emotionless, putting talented actors in an untoward position.
The main problem, here, is that we have two movies in one. The recipe tastes bad and the ambiance is close to inexistent. The last act is the strongest one but the film never truly redeems itself. The monster doesn't get enough screen time, isn't threatening and could have used a better design. The weird telefilm photography isn't helping matters. You'll forget this film in a week...
 
 
 
 
Alternate Titles: 
Roger Corman's Frankenstein
Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound