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From the makers of The Last Exorcism comes a boldly original vision of horror – THE FRANKENSTEIN THEORY. 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.
There isn't a lot to add as far as plot details go without giving away the entire story. From the outside this looked like it could be a good and different type of Frankenstein film, the box-art is very nice and at the top it says "From The Creators Of The Last Exorcism" so I was looking forward to sitting down to watch it but sadly the film never became what I hoped it might. In fact it never really became anything more than a lot of talking. The film is a slow burn, there's a good amount of dialogue and nothing more but I was fine with that as long as the film had some sort of pay-off at the end. The monster on the front of the artwork looks menacing and very cool but but when the time came for the film to put up or shut up it failed in a big way. The monster in the film looks nothing like the one of the box art, you never really get to see his face and the little bit of violence the film does have was all off camera.
I try to find something good in every film I review but this film made it pretty difficult for me. Aside from the acting which wasn't fantastic but the actors did get the job done and the beautiful scenery I couldn't find anything to really like. A movie with Frankenstein in title better bring more than scenery and decent acting and this one didn't. "The Frankenstein Theory" is a slow burn that never really becomes the film it promises to be, everyone has their own tastes in film so I am not going to sit here and say avoid the film because that wouldn't be right but I will say for me the film was a big letdown. Rating this isn't easy because I don't think it really deserves much of a rating but I will give the film props for the cast and the scenery here.
I would suggest a rental on this one first but if you want to own the DVD you can order it HERE."The Frankenstein Theory" is a film I really wanted to like so I was pretty bummed out by the time the credits began to roll and nothing really happened that was scary or thrilling.
Released by Image Entertainment
* 1/2 Out Of *****