This evening I had the pleasure of attending the World Premiere of the movie, Frankenstein Day of the Beast at the Portage Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
It is a beautiful, historic theater that even has the old organ from the silent movie era.
I took my pic of seats when I arrived and sat front and center so there wouldn’t be anything between me and the screen (except the organ, of course!)
As I was watching, the movie swept me back to my childhood when I used to sneak out and watch the old Hammer and Amicus movies in the wee hours of the morning wrapped in a blanket and lit only by the flicker of the old black and white television.
Frankenstein Day of the Beast is a wonderful re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in the cinematographic style of the 50s and 60s horror flicks with a modern flavor and the benefit of more advanced technologies.
In this version Frankenstein’s monster has an unearthly power beyond the understanding of its creator and in addition to being extremely difficult to damage, it also possesses a regenerative power akin to the troll in Dungeons and Dragons and other role playing games, that allows its dismembered parts to crawl back together and reassemble even after being severed.
This is easily the most viscious, evil Frankenstein’s monster I have ever encountered.
Even so, the monster itself isn’t the only one chalking up a body count as the dissension among the folks trying to survive the onslaught of the beast results in multiple murders with some deaths earning cheers from the audience.
As I watched the movie I briefly wondered if people could be so ignorant of tactics as to knowingly trap themselves on a deserted island in a deserted/decayed old building with no escape and an unstoppable beast coming after them with murderous intent. It was just a flitting thought as the words of Mark Twain came to mind, “Nothing is fool proof as fools are so creative!”
While being a serious horror film it did have some good chuckles salted through it such as when Elizabeth (played by Michelle Shields) answered a question that passed through my mind about the invulnerability of the creature when she escaped from it by kicking it in the… um… later part of the movie.
So if you are a fan of the old Hammer and Amicus flicks, this movie is going to be a must see when it is available for the general public.
In the meantime, check out the interviews I did in Spanish and English with the Screen Writer, Director and Executive Producer Ricardo Islas.