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Lady Frankenstein (1971).

March 2, 2007

The Scoop:
The mad doctor’s sexy daughter returns from medical school to discover the true nature of her father’s experiments. Naturally, she wants to pitch in and help, especially after dad gets killed right away by his own creation. Lady F decides that the best course of action is to create a monster of her own to defeat her father’s monster, which has escaped and is terrorizing the countryside. Naturally, she picks the hunkiest guy in the village to start operating on (both medically and sexually).

This lightweight Italian pseudo-Hammer production turns up the sexual quotient of the story beyond any previous version, even if it seems somewhat dated by today’s standards. Joseph Cotton is strictly slumming as Papa F (in what amounts to little more than extended, wasted cameo), but Sara Bey is sexy and conniving in the title role. Primo ’70s Italo-exploito-trash — too bad the effects are so piss-poor.

Best Bit:
Lady F getting off on having passionate sex with Thomas, the village’s hunky idiot, while her assistant smothers him with a pillow.

Side Note:
Don’t let all those Anglicanized names in the credits fool you — aside from Joseph Cotton, they’re mostly all Italians. For instance, Sara Bey is actually Italian horror queen Rosalba Neri and co-director Harry Cushing is really Aureliano Luppi.

Companion Viewing:
“Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein” (1974).

Retro Junk.

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