The Frankenstein Theory

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The other night I watched The Frankenstein Theory.  Why? I have no idea.   I shouldn’t want to watch it, after all, it has all the things I loathe about current horror movies: a group of five to seven young people become isolated and are stalked by something horrible? Check!  Abuse of the “found footage format?” Check! Weak characters that nobody cares about because they’re all going to die? Check!  But wait!  There’s more!

Though The Frankenstein Theory looks like just another by-the-numbers low budget snore fest,  there is one thing going for it – a truly intriguing premise.

In a nutshell, the central character, the young Dr. Jonathan Venkenhein, believes the Frankenstein’s Monster is real, alive and continues to roam the Arctic.  The novel by Mary Shelly, he insists, is based on real life experiments conducted by his ancestor, Dr. Johan Venkenhein.  I freaking love that idea.  I love it so much that I want to dress it up nice, take out for an expensive dinner followed by a moonlit stroll in the park, invite it back to my place for coffee, concluding the evening by making sweet love by the fire.

I’m ready to forgive all the horror movies clichés and dive head first into The Frankenstein Theory.   We have our five to seven young people in the form of the disgraced Dr Venkenhein and his documentary film crew.  Together they go into the vast Arctic wilds of Canada to bring back proof of the Monster.

Aside from the core idea, there is nothing especially awesome about The Frankenstein Theory.  On the other hand, there is nothing especially bad about it either.  Veteran actor Timothy V. Murphy, who plays Karl, the guide they hire to take them into the wilderness, carries the movie whenever he’s onscreen.   At one point he delivers a chilling little monologue about polar bears. I imagine the notes went like this:

Director Andrew Weiner: “Okay, Tim, have you ever seen Jaws?”

Timothy V. Murphy: “Sure have, Andy.  Why?”

Director Andrew Weiner: “Remember Robert Shaw’s Indianapolis monologue?”

Timothy V. Murphy: “Yeah.”

Director Andrew Weiner: “Do that—only make it about the polar bears.”

Timothy V. Murphy: “Shiiiiiiiiiiiit.”

Kris Lemche does well enough as Dr. Venkenhein. The rest of the cast is okay.   One guy reminds me of my friend Saul, which means nothing to you, but I find it amusing.  I could totally imagine Saul doing the sound on documentary film crew looking for Frankenstein’s Monster.

I found myself drawn into the movie mostly by curiosity.  I wondered how this adventure would play out.  Would they find the Monster? What would it look like? Boris Karloff? Glenn Strange?  Peter Boyle?  Donald Trump?

There is enough tension and action here to keep me interested.  The Frankenstein Theory is more entertaining than should be expected.

 

Starring:

Kris Lemche

Joe Egender

Timothy V. Murphy

Eric Zuckerman

 

Director:

Andrew Weiner

 

Screenplay:

Vlady Pildysh

Andrew Weiner

 

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