Flesh For Frankenstein (1973)

3.5 out of 5

The movie could have been as terrible and pretentious as any of Morrissey’s previous Warhol artfuck pieces, but instead it comes off as a magnificent trashy gore fest complete with Carlo Rambaldi effects, dodgy camp acting and some outrageous necrophilia as Baron Frankenstein claims “To know death Otto, you must fuck life in the gallbladder!”

It’s Frankenstein, but with a fantastic Euro-sleaze twist! The Baron, Udo Kier, defies God, and conducts his experiments on Dalia Di Lazzaro whilst cohort Otto, Arno Juerging, keeps the specimens fresh and jealously yearns for the female monster they have created. Aiming to build a super male with whom they further plan to breed a Serbian über-race the experiment goes haywire when the Baron’s wife takes the male monster to bed!

Warhol/Morrissey regular, Joe Dallesandro, features as a disgruntled stable boy who questions the horrific dabbling in science after spending most of the flick having it off the Baron’s wife. Originally shot in 3D the movie has a couple of classic protruding gore in the face of the audience moments and a great bat attack scene featuring Nicoletta Elmi as one of Frankenstein’s two creepy children astray in the catacombs of the Frankenstein castle.

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