Release Date: 07/28/2015
Studio: Kino Lorber
Director: Jess Franco
A metallic-skinned monster, a vampiric bird woman, and a skeleton-faced cult...All inside one big gloomy castle. Yes, what I've described could only come from the very strange and eccentric mind of Jess Franco. After the evil hypnotist Cagliostro (Howard Vernon) dispatches Dr. Frankenstein and captures Frankenstein's Monster, an incredibly sadistic plan begins to unfold. In order to create a "master race" of people Cagliostro and a very strange bird lady (Melisa; Anne Libert) start lining up females for Frankenstein's...Ahem..."Disposal."
Typically people either seem to love Franco or have a certain disdain for him. I've never really fit into either one of those parties; There's Franco films I thoroughly enjoy, and there are ones I strongly dislike. Thankfully The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein falls into the first category.
Franco clearly had a love for the Universal Monster films of the 30's and 40's. The auteur took a number of the staples found throughout these films and added his strange twisted, erotic sensibilities. The story itself is fairly straight forward, Frankenstein's monster is an unstoppable creation, and thanks to Cagliostro's influence, now has a strong desire for female flesh. Suffice it to say, Franco's fingerprints are all over this one.
If Frankenstein's lust wasn't weird enough the slew of strange characters adds to the over all charm of this film, the bird woman, Vera Frankenstein, the strange skeleton cult. It's safe to say that The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein is one of the weirdest Frankenstein tales ever told and has enough camp to charm even the most stubborn of fans.
The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein features one of Redemption/Kino's better prints. The company did a great job with this release, and what it lacks in special features it makes up for in picture and audio quality. Based upon a quick viewing of the previous DVD I can honestly say this release is a full leap forward offering great detail and vivid color. I was thoroughly impressed with this disc!
Audio Commentary with Video Watchdog extraordinaire Tim Lucas
Trailer (03:23 HD)
Fans of Franco will find themselves extremely happy with Kino's effort. The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein has received a definite upgrade when compared to previous releases. Those who are not so familiar with the work of Franco should give this film a shot as it's kinky and campy charm will certainly seduce their senses.