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The Frankenstein Experiment [DVD]

Ed Lauter , Louis Mandylor , Sean Tretta    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ed Lauter, Louis Mandylor
  • Directors: Sean Tretta
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 4 Digital
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MMVRKE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,641 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A beautiful young stem-cell researcher (Tiffany Shepis) joins a secret research group attempting to develop a stem-cell based universal healing serum. Despite opposition from the project leaders, she quickly develops a serum that can bring the dead back to life - but with horrific results. Distraught, Elizabeth tries to leave the project, but the project's financier (Ed Lauter) orders Marcus to hold the research team captive until their research is complete. When one of the project's security guards is murdered and then re-animated, the team must contend with a man who at first is like a child, but quickly becomes something much, much more...

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A classic monster re-animated… this stem-cell shocker serves up some great gore (Dark Side)

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The Frankenstein Experiment [DVD] Ed Lauter (Actor), Louis Mandylor (Actor), Sean Tretta Actors: Ed Lauter, Louis Mandylor Directors: Sean Tretta Format: PAL Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.) Number of discs: 1 Classification: 18 Studio: 4 Digital DVD Release Date: 16 May 2011 Run Time: 100 minutes

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3.0 out of 5 stars Novel but flawed take on the Frankenstein story 26 July 2012
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In 1818, Mary Shelley's horror novel Frankenstein was released and over the next 190 years, her idea has been replicated in countless films, plays, on television and in books; and the character of Frankenstein's monster has been utilised and reimagined throughout modern pop culture as well as the within the genre itself. Against that background comes The Frankenstein Experiment.

Alternatively billed as The Frankenstein Syndrome and The Prometheus Project; The Frankenstein Experiment comes with the following synopsis:
"A beautiful young stem-cell researcher (Tiffany Shepis) joins a secret research group attempting to develop a stem-cell based universal healing serum. Despite opposition from the project leaders, she quickly develops a serum that can bring the dead back to life - but with horrific results.
Distraught, Elizabeth tries to leave the project, but the project's financier (Ed Lauter) orders Marcus to hold the research team captive until their research is complete. When one of the project's security guards is murdered and then re-animated, the team must contend with a man who at first is like a child, but quickly becomes something much, much more..."

I have to admit, I thought the addition of stem-cell research to this Frankenstein tale was a nice touch with the scientists exploring cures to the ailments of mankind, albeit without government sanction; and The Frankenstein Experiment revels in its origins, paying homage at various stages throughout proceedings to the source material.

Sean Tretta both wrote and directed this film and to be honest, at first, I found most of the dialogue quite wooden and really by the numbers. However, as matters proceed, Tretta allows The Frankenstein Experiment to evolve and it all feels like it flows much better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting take on an old concept 10 Jun 2012
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I tracked this film down having read the review in Dark Side magazine (a quote from which is included in Amazon's synopsis) recommending this film and I have to say it is worth a watch.

The action takes place in a secret private medical facility where brilliant minds have come together to illegally study stem cell research in the hope of developing a formula that will cure all disease. Needless to say things do not go according to plan and the team are soon learning the consequences of playing God.

As a modern take on the original Frankenstein novel the film works very well. Giving the creature the ability to speak and reason is a facet often neglected in film adaptations and too their detriment. Here the creature is able to state his case and berate his creators for his treatment. My only problem with the 'creature' here is that he is not given anywhere near enough screen time. The film itself is quite short at 84mins and too much of that is given over to the scientists, with the creature not making an appearance til half way through the film, still he does shine through when finally given the centre stage.

So why three stars? The film as a whole is too short, the ending is very convoluted, obviously laying the grounds for a sequel is fine, providing it doesn't leave you with the impression that the film has ended half way through, which this does. The other major draw back for this film is that it is a low budget piece, and it shows. Despite some nice gore scenes the film suffers for it's budget, mainly in the acting department. While the creature steals the show here the acting from the scientists is woefully bad and leaves you waiting for them to get killed off rather than sympathising with them during the final gruesome act.

On a whole then, some interesting ideas and certainly a film worth watching but probably not one you'll want to show off to your mates!
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