Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Flesh for Frankenstein

(1973) **1/2

Andy Warhol churned out over 60 unwatchable films from 1963-1968 including Blow Job (featuring a man’s expression while receiving oral sex for 35 minutes) and Eat (a man eating a mushroom for 45 minutes). After his shooting in 1968, he was no longer personally involved in the making of the films though though Flesh for Frankenstein was titled Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein in the states. It received an X rating at the time due to the excessive sex and gore. So let’s dig in, shall we?

Unhappily married Baron Frankenstein is obsessed with his work. His ambition is to create an ideal super race by constructing his own Adam and Eve from scratch. He even decapitates one of his own workers as he considers his head the perfect fit for Adam. His wife meanwhile is having a sexy affair with the simpleton stable boy. As the story progresses, there is a lot of kinky sex, threesomes, and girls running around naked interspersed with campy gore. In one frankly disgusting scene, Frankenstein orgasmically fondles Eve’s organs. As he puts it to Otto the assistant, “To know death, you have to fuck life in the gall bladder!” When his project is completed, he is devastated because Adam and Eve don’t hit it off.

There’s a whole world of these kinds of cult sex/gore movies out there; a world that really is none of my business. I should point out that the actors and actresses were all simultaneously beautiful and dumb-as-dirt, (one with an unforgivable New Jersey accent), presumably hand-picked by Warhol. In any case, Flesh for Frankenstein qualifies as horror on name alone. But it was still a hoot.

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