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Over the decades their have been so many movies made about Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, King Kong, and Frankenstein that it would be almost impossible to get a complete list of them all. Honestly, there have been hundreds, hell, maybe thousands, of movies that feature these classic icons of cinema horror, made not only here in America, but also in just about every developed country in the world.
In fact, the only classic movie monster, made famous by Universal, that hasn't been used and abused is the "Creature From The Black Lagoon." Though there have been similar monsters, none have been direct copies of the "Gill-Man".
Now enters Eric Swelstad, with a kinda different take on the "Frankenstein" story. A slant that is more in line with Mel Brook's "Young Frankenstein" than Mary Shelley’s novel or James Whale's 1931 film.
In fact, Swelstad's film looks as if it will be as opposite to Shelley's vision of "The Monster" as possible. Indeed the Victorian author's creation was a creature of class and intelligence. This time around, however, we will be treated to a re-animated monster of pure violence and raw emotion. Something that was hinted at in the 1931 film, but due to the social climate of the day, could have never been realised.
Indeed the story for "Frankenstein Rising" is not entirely original, it does feature a distant relative of the original "Frankenstein", the scientist, not his creation, who becomes obsessed with his relatives' work, and then replicates it with horrifying results.
Swelstad promises a very gothic film that features a large amount of violence and gore.
From the film's trailer, you get the feel of the classic Hammer films, especially the later, 70s films that featured more sex and violence.
Swelstad's cast includes classic film stars Margaret O’Brien and Anita Page (who died in 2008) alongside Jerry Maren, Domiziano Arcangeli (as Victor Frankenstein), Gary Brandt (as Vincent Frankson), Elizabeth Bell and Randal Malone as the monster.
Check out the trailer and a few pics from "Frankenstein Rising" below: