There is nothing better than dreading that a movie is going to be a total dud, only to be pleasantly surprised. It doesn’t happen very often in our beloved genre, unfortunately, but on the rare occasion that it does, it’s a wonderful thing. I had such an experience today with Damien Leone’s monster flick, Frankenstein vs. The Mummy.
Victor Frankenstein (Max Rhyser) is a young doctor and professor at a leading medical university. Naihla Khalil (Ashton Leigh) is also a professor at said university. While Dr. Frankenstein in feverishly working on bringing dead tissue back to life in the form of a complete human body, Professor Khalil is just returning from a trip with the mummified remains of a 3,000 year old Egyptian king. When the young doctor’s experiment is a success and a dreaded ancient curse turns out to be a reality, the two monsters’ paths inevitably cross, causing all out monster mayhem and one Hell of a fun time for audiences.
“You can’t judge a book by its cover.” The saying we’ve heard our entire lives is actually true more often than not. In this case, we can’t judge a film by its cover or title, for that matter. It would be easy to dismiss Frankenstein vs. The Mummy if you saw it on a video store shelf or your favorite online film shop, but you would be making a grave mistake, if you did. This film has some great acting, cool monsters, and some of the most impressive practical effects I’ve seen to date.
The entire cast of Frankenstein vs. The Mummy did a wonderful job. Max Rhyser portrays a much more ‘hip’ and contemporary version of the Dr. Frankenstein monster fans have grown to love with his leather jacket and suave demeanor. In addition to the main characters, doc and Naihla, being played wonderfully, everyone else was impressive, too. Every performer, from the maniacal Carter (John Pickett) and Professor Walton (Boomer Tibbs) to the monsters themselves (Constantin Tripes as Frankenstein’s monster and Brandon deSpain as the Mummy), was a perfect fit.
My last review, which also included another famous monster (see Dracula Untold) was a film that didn’t rely at all on blood and gore. While this film doesn’t necessarily rely on it either, it does certainly utilize a tremendous amount of it. Gore fiends and blood hounds alike will all be very happy with the carnage seen throughout Frankenstein vs. The Mummy. There is ripped out guts, jaws completely snapped off, and several severed pieces of flesh to be seen… what else could you ask for really? Nothing really, but you get more; That’s for sure. As the title suggests, the two monsters battle it out in an, albeit rather short, awesome scene. I wish it was longer, but the fashion in which it ends will be more than enough for you to get your fill.
If you are looking for a fun flick to watch with some buddies one night, this is the choice for you. It’s a total surprise and you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to pick up a copy on DVD and Digital download this Tuesday, February 10th from Image Entertainment.
I give Frankenstein vs. The Mummy 4 bum’s brains out of 5.