Plot: What’s it about?
Bernie Stein (Barry Feterman) is a ruthless record producer who is tired of making unknowns into sensations, only to have them dump him as their producer. After his latest project makes it big and leaves for another producer, Bernie vows to own his next client, even if that means resorting to underhanded means. He comes up with a plan to create the biggest & best rock star of all time, using the parts from various rock greats, such as the hands of Hendrix, the face of Elvis, and the penis of Jim Morrison, as well as other bits & pieces. In order to have his plan work, Bernie hires stoner Iggy (Hiram Jacob Segarra) to dig up the dead rockers and claim their valuable elements, then bring them back to be put into use. The man who is charged to take the pieces, make them into the ultimate rock star, then regenerate & reanimate the creation is Bernie’s nephew Frankie (Jayson Spence), a demented & disturbed young scientist. The plan unfolds just as planned, as Frankie is able to make the parts work, but when Iggy hands over Liberace’s dong instead of Morrison’s, things take an unexpected turn, to say the least…
This is one unusual movie, with a novel premise, some odd plot twists, and some wild moments, making it a blast to watch. As directed by Brian O’Hara (who edited such films as Def by Temptation & Rejuvenatrix), Rock & Roll Frankenstein has instant cult status and without question, should enjoy a nice success on home video. A lot of movies try to have camp appeal, but few succeed, though this project has it in droves, to be sure. The writing is solid, but the premise is a terrific one, which might lead some to be let down by the rather simple plot movements, though a few nice turns are tossed in at times. If you’re into campish horror with tons of humor however, you will love this movie and have immense fun with this release. It has a lot of hilarious dialogue, over the top performances, some naked chicks, and even some good gore content, a well rounded and well crafted piece, sure to please its intended audience. I can’t help but recommend this one to horror fans, B movie lovers, and anyone who appreciates offbeat cinema. I also commend Shock-O-Rama for giving it a solid treatment, making it more than worth a purchase.
Video: How does it look?
Rock & Roll Frankenstein is presented in a full frame transfer. The image here seems intact, with solid framing and no visible pan & scan, but I’ve read the intended aspect ratio is 1.66:1, though I can’t say for certain. The transfer is quite good and even though the film’s low budget roots are evident, Shock-O-Rama has provided a nice presentation. The print is in good shape, with only slight grain and debris to be seen, which is excellent news. I did notice a minor “digital haze” at times, which is hard to explain, but viewers who’ve seen some of Full Moon’s early DVD releases should know what I mean. Even so, this is a good looking visual effort that supplies all the needs of the material, which is what counts.
Audio: How does it sound?
This was a low budget movie, but the audio stands up pretty well, with no serious problems to mention here. The great music comes through well enough, while the assorted sound effects also sound good, no complaints on either front there. The dialogue is sharp and clean also, so no lines wind up muffled or lost in this mix. I do wish the music was a little more expansive, but all in all, I was pleased with this soundtrack. You can tell the production had solid audio presence, which is why this option sounds so good.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes an enjoyable audio commentary with the director & cast members, a brief behind the scenes featurette, a music video, and the film’s trailer.