Frankenstein Unbound

Frankenstein Unbound

Director: Roger Corman Cast: John Hurt, Raul Julia, Bridget Fonda

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Legendary low-budget mogul Roger Corman made a somewhat inauspicious return to the director's chair for the first time in nearly twenty years (unless one counts his uncredited participation in "pickup" shoots for several New World Pictures productions) for this quaint sci-fi/horror outing, based on the popular novel by Brian Aldiss. Opening in the year 2031, the story begins with scientist Joseph Buchanan (John Hurt) working on a top-secret military project that creates a rift in time in space, hurtling him and his ultra-high-tech hotrod backwards through time to the early 19th century. Buchanan manages to adapt quite well to his new surroundings, particularly after making the acquaintance of fellow scientist Baron Frankenstein (Raul Julia). Curiously, the Baron is presented here as an authentic historical figure, and his monster-making efforts the basis for the famed book by Mary Shelley (Bridget Fonda), which was a work of fiction. After ruminating about his situation with Mary and her future husband Percy Shelley (late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence) at the villa of mad poet Lord Byron (Jason Patric), Buchanan is approached by the Baron to help construct a mate for his intelligent but homicidal creature (Nick Brimble). Unfortunately, things do not go according to plan, leading to an ironic denouement that finds Buchanan pondering the apocalyptic results of his life's work. The film boasts solid production values and some beautiful location photography (most of the film was shot in Italy); however, the classy look and high-profile casting can't disguise the overall feel of an early New World outing, albeit with a much larger budget. The script, adapted by Corman and writer F.X. Feeney, eliminates many of the novel's intellectual twists and turns; much of the remaining dialogue comes off as merely pretentious.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/05/2006
UPC: 0024543267560
Original Release: 1990
Rating: R
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:25:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Hurt Dr. Joseph Buchanan
Raul Julia Baron Victor Frankenstein
Bridget Fonda Mary Godwin
Nick Brimble Monster
Catherine Rabett Elizabeth
Catherine Corman Justine Moritz
Jason Patric Lord Byron
Michael Hutchence Percy Bysshe Shelley
Mickey Knox General Reade
Terri Treas Car
William Geiger Lab Technician
Isabella Rocchietta Dorrie
Geoffrey Copleston Innkeeper
John Karlsen Parson
Donald Hodson Old Man
Bruce McGuire Prosecutor
Paul Weston & His Orchestra Watchman
Cyrus Elias Werner
Myriam Cyr Information Officer

Technical Credits
Roger Corman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Illusion Arts Special Effects
Mary Bauer Editor
Jay Lash Cassidy Editor
Carl Davis Score Composer
Nick Dudman Makeup
F.X. Feeney Screenwriter
Kobi Jaeger Producer
Caro Jones Casting
Ennio Michettoni Set Decoration/Design
Michael Miner Screenwriter
Thom Mount Producer
Armando Nannuzzi Cinematographer
Ed Neumeier Screenwriter
Michael Scott Cinematographer
Enrico Tovaglieri Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Frankenstein Unbound
1. Main Titles [2:20]
2. Project Safe World [3:15]
3. In the Sticks [5:07]
4. Dr. Frankenstein [3:31]
5. Time Slip [3:12]
6. Witchcraft [4:39]
7. Frankenstein's Monster [4:28]
8. World of Science [3:16]
9. Visiting Mary [1:09]
10. Fame [5:19]
11. Death in the Woods [6:02]
12. Mob Violence [1:06]
13. Unwilling Help [7:06]
14. She Lives [4:58]
15. Joe's Monster [:33]
16. Love Triangle [1:07]
17. Nerve Center [5:55]
18. Abomination [4:13]
19. Laser Light [:43]
20. Unbound/End Titles [1:17]

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Frankenstein Unbound 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
turfprint More than 1 year ago
I've seen them all over the last fifty yrs. For some reason this one gets it done well. Hurt at his best. Movie points out book issues that I missed before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unknown by most, this is a classic and needs to be DVD'd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great twist on the old 'Frankie' theme. Great performances by Julia and Hurt with a storyline that keeps you interested. One of Corman's best efforts.