Feb 1, 2008

Frankensteins Bloody Nightmare

Frankensteins Bloody Nightmare is in a genre all its own. Writer/Director/Main Lead John R. Hand has his own techniques dearly noted with the release of his debut film. The film plays out like a psycho-surreal retelling of the original Frankenstein novel. Much of the film is immensely abstract and for virgin viewers of any form of cult or art house cinema, it would be best to avoid.

Now the plot follows a very thick, yet hidden plot that is very hard to notice due to the directors ingenious sound transfer on the film. Voices are so muddled you turn up the volume and get assaulted by bizarre beeps and long drones. Brilliant physician Victor Karlstein is in a state of manic depression and he gets reality blurred together with dreams and nightmares for that matter.

His girlfriend is dying from an unknown disease and he is unable to help her. Watching from afar as she slips in and out of consciousness, he comes up with a bizarre idea to to use a "mechanically enhanced" burn victim to kill people to harvest their raw organs to create a new body for her. Personally, i think the story already sounds better. Frankensteins Bloody Nightmare has nothing to hide, but it refuses to answer any questions after the film is over. It's clever use of heat vision-like scenes and amazing color spectrum's splattered on walls provides it with a misty, grainy, yet sleazy feel.

John R. Hand was perfect as the lead role in this film. His character had compassion but chose to not share it. Besides that, nothing else is known. The ending alone set it's self up for a sequel or at least a prologue. Much is needed to be explained. Such as the mysterious company he owns, the turmoil from his family life, and the unexplained voice conversation. I also feel i should warn you of the dreamlike fisting scene with his monster. It took me a while to figure out what was happening but once i found out, what i had seen could not be unseen.

Once the credits roll, you will be wondering to yourself "What just happened?". It's very nonchalant about its use of imagery and angles to help capture the overall silent intensity of this film. This film is definitely only for seasoned viewers of the obscure and bizarre. The score composed by The Greys is worth it alone. The violence is little to none but only proves that you don't need buckets of blood or scream queens to make you feel uneasy.

Purchase this film at [Unearthed Films]
First Iskanov, and now Hand. Unearthed Films is doing a great job releasing modern day autuers.


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