Frankenstein 80 (1972)

4.0 out of 5

Directed with style and flair by Mario Mancini in 1972, it’s a shame that this sleazy little gem has yet to be released in any authoritative, cleaned up DVD release, with the only way to enjoy the curiously titled Frankenstein ’80 being on any number of dark and shoddy public domain releases.

At any rate, Frankenstein ’80 revisits the stitched flesh monster tale under the guise of a giallo, with our Doctor Frankenstein—played with stoic restraint by bodybuilding legend Gordon Mitchell building his beast and dubbing it ‘Mosaic’, Beast In Heat/Devil’s Wedding Night actor Xiro Papas. The good doctor’s creation has a fetish of its own for flesh, however…the soft and nubile kind of the film’s attractive, Euro-cult cast.

Renato Romano is the inspector on the trail of Frankenstein’s Mosaic monster, whose psychedelic slaughter escapades are shot with the colorful sort of flair reserved for the early giallo imagery of the time. As a result, Frankenstein ’80 comes across as a wonderful hybrid of the two styles; a unique film which merits a proper restoration job from some interested party

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics