The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1973)
aka The Curse of Frankenstein
aka La Malédiction de Frankenstein
Genre: Horror | Erotic
Country: France | Spain | Director: Jess Franco
Language: French or English (2 separate audio tracks)
Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 74mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv – 1920×798 – 24fps – 2.85gb
Dr. Frankenstein and his assistant Morpho are killed just as they bring their creation to life. The monster is taken by Cagliostro and he now controls the monster and plans to have it mate and create the perfect master race.
Made during director Jess Franco’s amazing early 70’s period, post Harry Alan Towers and pre-porno, The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein is a surrealist masterpiece, poetic, perverse, comic, and mesmerizing. Shot for next to nothing on location in Portugal, the film is full of evocative, wide-angle, hand held imagery that must have appeared jaw-droppingly innovative at the time, and still astounds today.
Daniel White’s atonal, experimental score skillfully enhances the film’s nightmarish languor, and the roles, particularly Anne Libert’s blind cannibalistic Bird Woman, and Howard Vernon’s strangely sexy Cagliostro, are performed with aplomb and conviction. You won’t soon forget the scenes of white-shrouded undead gliding through a mist-laden forest, the strange, red-lit shots of Cagliostro’s acolytes blithely staring at cruel tableaux orchestrated for their perverse amusement, or a shrieking, silver-skinned Frankenstein’s monster relentlessly whipping a man and a woman tied together over a bed of spikes.