Explicit blood-letting and violence overwhelm this shockingly funny Italian-American exposé of the venal grime behind Victorian aristocracy from director Paul Morrisey, who shot the film back to back with his Blood for Dracula (1974) in Rome’s famous Cinecittà studio.
Udo Kier is wonderfully arrogant and bad-tempered as the unhinged Nietzschean Baron Frankenstein, dismembering the local townspeople to build the perfect Aryan male and his female mate in the hope of producing a Serbian race of super beings.
But his Adam and Eve experiment starts going wrong when he procures the head of a trainee monk.
Originally shown in “Space-Vision 3D” (the reason why sharp instruments are constantly being thrust into the camera) a strong stomach is still needed to witness the flattened down lurid gore and sickening splatter.
Full of camp quotable dialogue and a particularly hilarious sex scene between Joe Dallesandro and Monique Van Vooren, the Baron’s over-sexed sister (also his wife) who goes to elaborate lengths to bed labourer Dallesandro.
The end of Flesh For Frankenstein looks how the last act of Hamlet would have if everyone had used real swords.
You can’t say that you know life until you’ve fucked death in the gallbladder!
Monique Van Vooren
Dalila di Lazzaro