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Frankenstein; The Killer Within...Reborn

michael madsen , parker posey , marcus nispel , martin scorsese    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: michael madsen, parker posey, vincent perez
  • Directors: marcus nispel, martin scorsese, john shiban
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Lions Gate Films
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RRI3M8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,990 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


This made-for-cable Frankenstein was originally intended as the pilot for a weekly series based on Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son, a novel by Dean Koontz and Kevin J. Anderson. The story is set in modern-day New Orleans, the home of demented scientist Dr. Victor Helios (Thomas Kretschmann). Helios is in fact the original Dr. Victor Frankenstein, who has kept himself alive these past 200 years by a series of diabolical genetic experiments. During the same two centuries, Frankenstein has managed to keep alive the original Frankenstein's monster, and has also created dozens of other synthetic humans capable of reinvigorating themselves whenever they are "killed." Of course, the doctor's experiments require that a number of innocent people unwillingly give up their own lives -- and when the bodies start piling up in the Big Easy, detective Carson O'Connor (Parker Posey) and Michael Sloane (Adam Goldberg) start putting the clues together. Ironically, in this story it is Frankenstein who is the villain (in standard serial-killer fashion he tantalizes the cops by planting cryptic clues), while the doctor's main monster is the nominal hero, and a good-looking one at that. Dissatisfied with the finished product, Koontz and Anderson took their names off Frankenstein, as did the project's original executive producer, Martin Scorsese. The unsold pilot film made its USA network bow on October 10, 2004. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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By David Spanswick VINE VOICE
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On the heels of Beauty and the Beast's retelling for a modern audience comes our favourite monster created by the increasingly bonkers Dr Frankenstein. The monster, still unnamed ~ surely he deserves one after all this time if he is to be contiually reinvented ~ a handsome hunk in a monk's habit comes to the aid of the policewoman who is having a bit of trouble with some unsolved slaughterings

A great piece of hokum that is worth an hour or so of any fan of the genre, though this was just the pilot and the series never happened I think that it was ahead of its time and anticipates the likes of Twilight and Supernatural
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prodigal Son made visual 28 May 2013
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Dean Koontz re-imagined and wrote this modern Frankenstein story to be made into a TV series. Some disagreements with the production crew meant he pulled out and someone else wrote the screen play. It follows the Koontz story closely but having read the book first, the film style is not what I had imagined. Seems they have tried to make something that looks too Gothic and somehow missed the modernity and humor that comes through in the book by Koontz. None the less it is an entertaining film and definitely worth the 1.92 I paid for it!
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