…a piece of crap that was filmed in 1958.
So why, you may ask, was it called “Frankenstein 1970”?
Well, the explanation is almost as preposterous as the movie. You see, when the first Frankenstein film emerged, in 1931, the force used to re-animate Victor’s creation was ELECTRICITY.
Now you must remember that in 1931, electricity was still a mysterious force few people understood. The few who HAD it – used to leave plugs in sockets so it would not LEAK OUT all over the floor. I kid you not.
But in 1958, the NEW mysterious force was NUCLEAR power. And so Boris obtains a small nuclear reactor (which looks like a cross between an MRI scanner and a cremation oven) to reanimate his latest venture.
However, this is where it gets REALLY silly. It seems the producers decided the idea that the doctor could OBTAIN a nuclear reactor in 1958 would be hard for audiences to swallow – so they set it in the FUTURE for that reason. Hence, 1970.
Hard to SWALLOW???
Given the whole PREMISE of the film was that a middle-European baron could cobble together bits of corpses and juice them up into a LIVING BEING – the acquisition of a pint-sized atomic reactor should have been the LEAST of their concerns. IDIOTS!!!
However, this execrable TURKEY did produce ONE memorable moment…
Like all serious movie-goers, I FROWN on heckling. But like the other audience members of the full house that were watching this nonsense I FELL ABOUT LAUGHING when, as Boris struggled manfully with the knobs and dials on the contraption he had just placed his monster into, it went, “DING!” – and some wag down the front yelled, “He’s DONE!!!”