Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks / Terror! Il castello delle donne maledette (1974)

5.0 out of 5

Starring South Pacific's Rossano Brazzi, comes Ramiro Oliveros' opus. For reasons never made clear, Frankenstein's castle has been relocated to sunny Italy, where the local villagers are threatened by Neanderthal men, complete with animal skin outfits and clubs.

During one of the frequent spats, a caveman is killed, and Frankenstein gets his hands on him, and the newly-christened 'Goliath' is resurrected. Featuring nubile b-movie maidens, grave robbing dwarves and a hunchback who bears an unfortunate resemblance to Carry-on star Bernard Bresslaw. Throw a little implied necrophilia into the pot and what results is a truly great movie.

What follows is a feast of rotten acting, zero production values and a healthy undercurrent of lesbianism between the Count's daughter and her friend, who appear to be in the movie for no other reason.

The denouement features and exceedingly lame caveman fight, and the inevitable fiery climax, which could have been extinguished by a glass of water. Any cineaste will not want to miss this one.

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