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Frankenstein’s Daughter (1958)

It’s gotta be hard getting out there and dating when you are a Mad Scientist.

There’s no match.com for Evil Geniuses!
Unless that’s what Tinder is; I am uncertain.

There comes a time in a man’s life when he wants to settle down with a nice girl, so they do what anyone else would do:

Sew together a lifeless female body, zap it with electricity and bring it to life.


Then have it do some light housekeeping, simple cooking, and of course, kill all your enemies upon command.
It’s Frankenstein in Suburbia! Let’s take a look, shall we?

In “Frankenstein’s Daughter”, the main conceit is that there’s a distant relative of the original Baron Frankenstein living here in the US, in a quiet little neighborhood, who has managed to import a hunchback henchman, and build a lab in his basement to continue his ancestor’s creepy little experiments.

Okay, that’s fine, I guess, but we also have some peanut butter in chocolate action by involving the popular-at-the-time teen romance genre along with the teen music genre smashed into the horror genre, and all we really need is a hot rod race or some other flash in the pan to really make this a perfect mess of a movie.

This is one of those movies where I really agree with Bill Warren in that it is one of The Worst Movies Ever Made, and really has no redeeming qualities beyond the appearance of Donald Murphy, who plays the fussy, sassy, creepy young Frankenstein heir.

I really wish that he had a longer IMDB page full of sassy, fussy, creepy horror appearances, because I really liked his work in this movie.
He’s like an Evil Charles Nelson Reilly without the camp.

And Match Game gig.

The Episode

Words From Warren

I like to quote from one of my favorite reference books, the late Bill Warren’s “Keep Watching The Skies: American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties”.  Mr. Warren does not suffer fools gladly, and does not mince his words when it comes to either praising a film or flaying it alive.

“Frankenstein’s Daughter is one of the worst films ever made. Richard Cunha’s direction is dismal, with no imagination or inventiveness discernible. The movie is ponderous, slow, repetitious, meandering. It was made on an extremely short schedule, with almost no money, and H.E. Barrie’s script is absolutely terrible, but Cunha does nothing to improve things and much to make everything worse.”

Yes, I think that we can all agree with Mister Warren on this one; this movie really is no es bueno.

Links

John Ashley – WikipediaIMdbVariety Obituary

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