Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
Directed by Paul Morrissey, Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Udo Kier, Joe Dallesandro, Monique Van Vooren, Arno Juerjing, Srdjan Zelenovic
"To know death Otto, you have to fuck life in the gallbladder!"
Andy Warhol presents...a great piece of awesome trash. This is not my favorite of the Warhol films, Bad has that dubious honor, but this baby is right on its heels. Incest! Necrophilia! Gratuitous armpit sex! Heard enough? No? Good.
What makes this film fantastic is that EVERYONE is freaky, creepy, weird, or just fucked up mentally or physically. If you want non-stop madness, Flesh for Frankenstein more than delivers.
Baron Frankenstein and his sister/wife live in a huge castle with their children (are they really his...he has a strong aversion to intercourse...with living women!) While she fucks whoever catches her fancy, he works on creating his master race of superior beings by reanimating the dead with his creepo assistant Otto. Meanwhile, peasant Nicholas stays busy screwing whores and local girls, and his friend Sacha (who is BEAUTIFUL, I wanted to lick the screen every time I saw him) ponders becoming a monk because he is obviously in love with his pussy crazed buddy. Maybe it's Nicholas' Brooklyn accent that turns him on. Seriously. Joe Dallesandro doesn't attempt to hide his New York origins at all. You will laugh every time he says anything.
This flick is a swift rocket to planet crazy. Once the Baron spots Sacha and his perfect Serbian head, all hell breaks loose. It's funny, spooky, and disgusting. I love it!
The music is so tasteful, you'll think you're watching fine art. The costumes and scenery/sets are luscious as well. But this is NOT fine art, this is trash cinema at its best. Udo Kier and Monique Van Vooren are fabulous as the Baron and Baroness. I have a weakness for Udo, a weird attraction that I will discuss with my therapist some time in the future. Dallesandro does not act. He's just himself. Srdjan Zelenovic spends the entire time looking pouty and gaylicious, not much acting going on there either, but I don't give a damn, he's so sexy it doesn't matter. The gory special effects are excellent and very realistic.
On a scale of 1-10, this flick gets a 7, only because of Joe Dallesandro. Every time he opens his mouth, he jolts you out of the perfection of everything else. It's a crying shame, because you must listen to this film. There are some especially cuckoo lines that have been masterfully written.