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Frankenstein Theory [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Timothy V. Murphy , Joe Egender    DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Timothy V. Murphy, Joe Egender, Kris Lemche, Eric Zuckerman
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AJXO5I6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,247 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars KICKING IT WITH FRANKENSTEIN 22 April 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
John Venkenheim (Kris Lemche) believes Frankenstein is alive and well and living in the Arctic. He hires a seasoned film crew who are skilled in the art of "Wet Willies" but know nothing about camping or Arctic survival. On the way up to the site, they stop to interview a paranoid meth head who claims to have seen the monster. For me this was the highlight of the film. They hire a guide (Timothy V. Murphy) and go off into the wilderness. If you want to see the monster feel free to fast forward until there is about 8 minutes left in the movie.

I loved the idea, but the found footage execution was a disaster. Kris Lemche was either wrong for the part or is role was poorly written. The rift with the wife? What was that about? There is an excessive amount of F-bombs in the film used as a substitute for decent dialogue. I think when the guide said, "I ain't no actor or nothing" he hit the nail on the head for this film. Not the worse found footage film out there. Nothing more than a cheap rental at best.

Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tame and totally non-frightening 24 April 2013
This film is apparently from the creators of 'The Last Exorcism' which was quite watchable. This one is very tame and totally not scary, that isn't to say it isn't watchable, its just not a horror film.
Another found footage film (yawn) this one follows a documentary team escorting a young professor to the Arctic Circle in a search for Frankenstein's creation that he believes was real and created by his ancestor. The film works very well as a travelogue documenting the Arctic tundra which is beautiful. The film work is generally good and the print is perfect and filled my screen. None of the characters were sympathetic so when the obvious happens you find yourself watching their demise with about as much care as you watch the ten o'clock news.
The only real surprise is that they manage to be at the exact same part of the wilderness as the creature at the right/wrong time.
The scariest part of this film is the cover of the case and that ain't the creature in the film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD Review: "The Frankenstein Theory" 9 April 2013
By ERSInk . com - Published on
When I saw the promotional material for "The Frankenstein Theory," I admit rolling my eyes and thinking the movie sounded ridiculous. I couldn't help but have low expectations going into it with cover art exclaiming, "From the creators of 'The Last Exorcism.'" Whenever a movie carries a bi-line like that to promote it, you can bet it's going to be a disappointment. This indie found "footage" film is the perfect example of a concept that shouldn't work but did.

Desperately driven to prove himself to the world, Professor John Venkenheim leads a documentary film crew to the edge of the Arctic Circle. He intends to expose to the world his inconceivable theory. He believes that Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy and that the creature is alive and well. As they travel deeper into the desolate snow-covered plains, strange events and happenings unfold around them. Is someone or something stalking them? If so, is it human or is it the unnatural creature Venkenheim is searching for?

Writers Andrew Weiner and Vlady Pildysh found a compelling way to take some of the original ideas from Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" novel and incorporate them into a modern day suspense thriller. It's a well-paced movie that gives viewers several opportunities to jump out of their seats and flinch at every loud sound they hear.

There is a humorous yet respectable nod to "Jaws" in "The Frankenstein Theory." The guide for their trip out into the wilds of the Arctic Circle is obviously fashioned after Quint in Steven Spielberg's hit film. His characteristics and the way he tells a story completely reminded me of when Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw are sitting around drinking and telling stories on the boat. I couldn't help but smile every time he showed up on screen.

It's brilliant how elements of Shelley's classic novel are used in "The Frankenstein Theory." Writers Weiner and Pildysh tie them into the film in such a way that something many might consider hokey doesn't come off that way here.

I detest most "found footage" movies for two reasons. First, they make me sick with all their shaky camera work and bouncing around. Secondly, there's too many of the films being made and they're a lazy way for producers to push product out and make a quick buck. This being said, "The Frankenstein Theory" took the method and successfully ran with it. The cameraman is portrayed as "professional" and most of the footage is steadier than usual for these movies.

There are no special features included for the release of "The Frankenstein Theory." I was disappointed that we didn't get a "Making of" featurette which showed where they filmed the movie. It would've been nice to see what the monster really looked like up close as well.

"The Frankenstein Theory" doesn't come to the "found footage" table with any new tricks up its sleeves. However, it does take all the good aspects of the filming style and fashion something fun, startling, and exciting. The atmosphere and setting of the movie gives viewers a sense of dread and isolation that, mixed with a "less-is-more" visual approach, delivers true scares.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In a word: Forgettable 18 Mar 2013
By Jes - Published on
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Plain and simple, this movie is easily forgotten.

Now, don't take that the wrong way. I have seen many horror films in my day and FT is not the worst in the bunch, far from it. It is a fairly decent way to spend an afternoon. But, there is nothing memorable about it. Heck, even after watching it... I couldn't think of a single "scare" moment worth mentioning in a review. It is simply a click and forget film.

Amazon's rundown is basically all you need to know: A professor, looking to redeem himself, takes a few young folks interested in filming, out to Alaska to investigate the theory that Frankenstein was a factual event. Now, depending on how you want to look at the majority of the film, it is either "slow and drawn out" or "suspenseful and engaging". Either way, the film eventually finds its way to the last 20 odd minutes, in which off-scene kills and sound effects happen. If you have watched many "found footage" films, you have 3 guesses to figure out how the film ends.

Was it a great film? No.
Do I regret watching it? Also, no.
Does the cool DvD cover art appear anywhere in the film or does the star of the show even get some solid screen time? Nope, not a chance buddy.

Short version: Take a run at it on Amazon's video streaming or maybe even Redbox or Netflix (if it gets to Netflix). Buying it would be a terrible investment.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One More Theory 5 April 2013
By Rob - Published on
I was actually pretty surprised to find this already available on Netflix so I thought it sounded interesting. When it first started I will say that I was very tempted to turn it off. It looked very cheaply done and the acting was pretty awful. I decided to stick with it and after awhile it started to pick up a bit. But after an hour or so I still saw no monster other than just a glimpse of a shawdow running into the woods. Alot of the movie is predicatable and maybe a scare here and there but thats just from the growling in the darkness effect. I see a movie with a good possibility but just seemed to fail at the end leaving you wanting more.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Theory is unsound... 18 Mar 2013
By Dennis Feeback - Published on
You know, if you have the cajonies to say that your film is "a boldly original vision of terror" on your trailer and box you had best deliver. SO let's take a look at what we have shall we? You have Frankenstein, that's original right? It's a "found footage" film, and we all know how original that is. And for good measure we have a little Trollhunter thrown in. So that's one, two, three concepts these fools cribbed from. Original? Not so much.

Jonathan Venkenheim, tired of being ridiculed, hires a documentary film crew (More originality!) to follow him to the wilds of Canada to look for Bigfoot, uh I mean Frankenstein. Along the way they stop to interview a witness who has actually seen the Frankenstein Monster! Alas, he's a meth head with an itchy trigger finger. After narrowly escaping that situation, the crew heads on to meet a wilderness guide that looks suspiciously similar to the guy from Trollhunter. They travel by snowmobile to a yurt in the middle of nowhere to look for the monster. Naturally, things go horribly wrong.

The film looks cheap especially considering the whole hand held camera/documentary thing. The actors are all pretty s*** except for Heather Stephens and Timothy Murphy, they do pretty well with what they have. The rest act like they are on The Office. There is tons of night vision nonsense and mugging for the camera. Basically every cliché that is wrong with these kinds of films is trotted out here. But that's not to say that there are not some bright spots. The film picks up somewhat once we pick up the guide and there are actually a couple of pretty tense and effective moments. Unfortunately there is a lot of boring s*** to wade through to get to them. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, happens off screen. We do hear a lot of growling however. Yeah.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance & you might be surprised 13 Dec 2013
By Jimmie H. Rarick - Published on
Yes, you have to get past the ridiculous premise. And, yes, you have to get past the "eye-witness interview" scene. But this movie truly does create an original atmosphere. The combination of the score and the cinematography are wonderful. This is certainly not a paint-by-numbers movie; the premise is pretty far-fetched and the approach is unique. If that doesn't work for you, it's worth the price of admission just to see Kris Lemche's anime-worthy hair.
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