Frankenstein movies are kinda hit and miss aren‚Äôt they. The story itself has been done so many times with varying success that it really doesn‚Äôt affect us anymore. Personally, I think the best films outside of the Universal and Hammer sets were the ones produced in the 1970‚Äôs. They were weird, sexy and most of all, took the man in different directions. How can you beat a title like Frankenstein‚Äôs Castle of Freaks‚ÄĚ?
Elvira, everybody‚Äôs favorite breastalicious horror host, is responsible for introducing me to this strange Italian freak show which features Necrophilia, muddy skinny dipping, rape and of course, man-made monsters! The film opens with that crazy ‚ÄúCount‚ÄĚ Frankenstein (Rossano Brazzi) rescuing the body of a Neanderthal from the local villagers! Don‚Äôt ask, just go with it. What a nice guy. Oh, wait, scratch that. What he actually wants to do is experiment on him like he does everything else. Frankenstein actually has a menagerie of creatures in his castle which include an odd hunchback (Frankenstein ‚Äė80 alum Xiro Papas), a steroid monster named Igor (Gordon Mitchell), a necrophiliac dwarf (Michael Dunn), and a nasty servant named Hans (Alan Collins).
Well our little necrophile, Genz left his tiny footprints at the cemetery while grave robbing as one does. The local police make their way over much to Frankenstein‚Äôs chagrin! So the Dwarf is out, but that‚Äôs OK, he likes to fuck dead girls and that‚Äôs creepy anyway! Just in time too, since Frankenstein‚Äôs daughter Maria (Simonetta Vitelli) has come home and brought a friend, the super hot Krista (Christiane Rucker). Turns out Krista likes older nerds and she‚Äôs down to ease her new friends loneliness. YAY! Frankenstein‚Äôs Castle of Freaks indeed! But the love fest doesn‚Äôt last as Frankenstein‚Äôs monster gets a gander at Krista as well and decides he wants to hit that too. As if this madness is not enough madness for you, the Dwarf has met a Neanderthal too and he‚Äôs still upset about being ousted!
I couldn‚Äôt have dreamt up this film if I was on acid! The stranger thing is that it‚Äôs filled with a decent cast. Rossano Brazzi of ‚ÄúThe Itallian Job‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThe Final Conflict‚ÄĚ, Christiane Rucker from ‚ÄúThe Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism‚ÄĚ, and Edmund Purdom from ‚ÄúPieces‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Open Till Christmas‚ÄĚ, among others. Hell, it even has Xiro Papas, who played the monster itself in Frankenstein ‚Äô80, another drugged out freak fest!
So as weird as this film is, why should you watch? If you have seen every retread of this story then why not let it take you somewhere new. If you have a kinky side then it may be the perfect late night flick with your partner and a couple (or more) beers. This film will take you places, that‚Äôs for sure. Like I said in the beginning, you can‚Äôt pass on a title like this.