“Netflixian Horror” will be a series of reviews of horror movies that I found while cruising Netflix. I tend to enjoy horror and monster movies that are generally considered “bad,” but I know lots of people enjoy them as I do so I’ll be reviewing them. However, my grading scale will be different, since I won’t be comparing them to all movies but to the genre itself.
This is a review of “The Frankenstein Theory” from 2013, starring Kris Lemche, Joe Egender, Timothy V. Murphy, Eric Zuckerman, and Heather Stevens. Written by Vlady Pildysh and Andrew Weiner. Directed by Andrew Weiner.
From IMDB.com: From the makers of The Last Exorcism comes a boldly original vision of horror. What if the most chilling novel of all time was actually based on a true account of a horrific experiment gone awry? When he is suspended from his university job for his outlandish ideas, Professor John Venkenheim leads a documentary film crew to the rim of the Arctic Circle in a desperate effort to vindicate his academic reputation. His theory: Mary Shelley’s ghastly story, “Frankenstein,” is, in fact, a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy. In the vast, frozen wilderness, Venkenheim and his team search for the legendary monster, a creature mired in mystery and drenched in blood. What they find is an unspeakable truth more terrifying than any fiction…a nightmare from which there is no waking.
My Review: The biggest thing that I enjoyed about this movie was the concept. It’s another “mock-umentary” style, because many horror movies (at least lower budgeted/independent ones, in particular) are, but it works. “Frankenstein” being a favorite of mine in classic literature, the idea of this movie that it’s based on real events is a lot of fun to me. So, I liked what they did with it.
Overall, the make-up of the characters, the basic writing and dialog are all decent. The acting is also fine. There is a reasonable escalation of the suspense when they hit the wilderness, and I did particularly like the character of Karl. And their understated use of The Monster was very good, I felt.
Beyond that, however, I struggled with the other characters. While they had no glaring flaws off hand, they didn’t have anything else that made me really attach to any of them and thus when we moved towards the end, I didn’t care all that much about what happens to them and that’s a big problem in this type of movie.
The last fifteen minutes, which was the climatic sequence, just felt too rushed and lost its suspense for me. Yet aside from not caring about the characters, I saw no distinguishable flaws to point out. And others may attach more to the characters than I did, so others might enjoy this more.
I probably would’ve given this a 2 but for the Frankenstein angle, which gets it a 3.