Plot: What’s it about?
Moira Frankenstein (Lina Romay) is the daughter of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein and while he is dead and buried, he seems to haunt her to this day, via strange visions. He comes in the form of a blood soaked specter and he brings a message to her, one that demands her to partake in a most dangerous situation. If Moira is able to complete his request, it could clear the Frankenstein name forever, but if she screws up, it could have disastrous consequences. She is to revive her father’s immortal female creation, Goddess (Michelle Bauer) from her current suspended animation state. Moira manages to bring the creature back to life, but Goddess is more out of control than expected, with need of constant sexual gratification. In fact, Goddess wants to have Moira as her mistress no matter what it takes, though Moira is not too keen on the idea. So when Moira begins to have lesbian romances on the side, Goddess is enraged and unleashes her fury on the other women, which is not good news in the least. Can Moira and Goddess coexist without all these problems, or will Moira be forced to return Goddess to her state of suspended animation?
I was unsure of what to expect from this flick, but Jess Franco at the helm and some naked lesbians on deck, I knew it would be decent enough to watch at least once. You can tell Franco is in charge here, as the scenic shots look terrific and of course, there’s plenty of sex and blood to go around, just as it should be. I have to admit, I wasn’t as taken with the film as I had hoped, but it was well worth a look. Franco shot this on video and it shows, as do the very low production values, though it seems the crew tried to maximize their resources. But since I was expecting low production values, I suppose it’s not too bad, although I had hoped the crew would be a little more creative, that’s all. The movie delivers on the erotic front however, with a plethora of lesbian scenes that make it all worthwhile, I assure you. Michelle Bauer and Lina Romay are veterans of these kind of movies, while Amber Newman also supplies an effective presence. If you’re a fan of Jess Franco or just love these low budget lesbian flicks, then Lust of Frankenstein is worth a rental, though fans of the flick shouldn’t hesitate to purchase, as the disc is terrific.
Video: How does it look?
Lust for Frankenstein is presented in a 1.66:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen television. This film was shot on video and had a very limited budget, so of course, the image here is not up to the usual standards. The image looks very soft and often shows heavy grain, which lessens the impact, but by no means makes it impossible to watch. The colors and contrast are stable at all times, but never reach the refinement I would have liked. In the end, this is better than VHS, but that’s about all I can say about it, in terms of compliments.
Audio: How does it sound?
I was more pleased with the audio than video, though the included Dolby Digital stereo track is by no means all that dynamic either. The musical soundtrack is pretty cool and suits the flick well, though stereo doesn’t allow for much range, which is a slight let down. The sound effects come through well enough however, while dialogue is clean and always easy to understand. I do think this option is adequate, but it just seems a little harsh at times, which forces me to lower the score just a shade.
Supplements: What are the extras?
In a welcome gesture, this disc includes both the American and European cuts of the film, very cool indeed. The running time isn’t much different, but about seven minutes of added footage can be seen in the European edition and of course, it is mostly found within the sex scenes. You can also check out a five minute interview with Michelle Bauer, which makes for an interesting view, to be sure. Some bonus trailers have been stacked on also, but on a sad note, no trailer for this film was included in that selection. Rounding out the disc is a twenty-three minute behind the scenes featurette, which is just raw footage taken from the set, as opposed to “talking heads” interviews or clips from the flick itself, very cool indeed.