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Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966) Movie Poster
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USA  •    •  88m  •    •  Directed by: William Beaudine.  •  Starring: John Lupton, Narda Onyx, Cal Bolder, Estelita Rodriguez, Jim Davis, Steven Geray, Rayford Barnes, William Fawcett, Nestor Paiva, Roger Creed, Rosa Turich, Felipe Turich, Fred Stromsoe.  •  Music by: Raoul Kraushaar.
        When Jesse brings his wounded musclebound partner to the doctor, he soon wishes that he had picked a different physician. The doctor is Frankenstein's granddaughter (not withstanding the title) and she's a real pro at dismemberment and transplantation.

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Living in the frontier, scientist Maria Frankenstein, (Narda Onyx) and her assistant brother Rudolph, (Steven Geray) are pleased that the current storms will provide the right touch for her experiments. Trying to revive a dead local, they find the problem with why it wasn't working before. Forced to go into illegal practices and convinced that the locals wouldn't approve of their experiments. When outlaw Jesse James, (John Lupton) and his friend Hank, (Cal Bolder) arrive in town to pull off a heist, and when it all goes down, one of them gets severely injured in the process. Afraid of his safety, they wander into town for help and the two, who determines that they're perfect fodder for their experiment. Attempting to duplicate it again, they discover the true reason for the experiments failing and set out to stop it from happening again.

The Good News: This one wasn't all that great, but had some good stuff in it. This one here feels quite a lot like a typical Western from the time period, and would fit in there pretty easily. With the main of the highway robbery, the outlaws and lawmen as well as the overall feel and tone captured from the setting and cinematography, this feels quite like one of those films rather than a normal horror film. The fact that most of the film's beginning takes place in the frontier or in ghost towns is purely indicative of that style as well. There's even some Western style action, including a brawling fist-fight and a really nice shoot-out in a mountain valley during the heist sequence. That itself is the film's best scene, as it's action-packed and quite entertaining, as well as about the only thing that lifts the pace up and injects some excitement into the film. The ending of the film is pretty much the only time it really goes over into the horror genre, as the full results of the experiment come out and there's a little more happening. All in all, this one wasn't that bad when it tried to be.

The Bad News: There wasn't a lot right with this one. This one is simply interminable boring, and not a whole lot at all transpires. Aside from a few moments here and there, this one is just flat-out dull. Most of the time people are talking along and don't really offer up much to do. That also is a curse from the film not really becoming a horror film into the film's last moments. The rest of the film is concerned with the Western settings and developing its subplots, leaving the film to take a backseat to any horror elements that could've been brought up to the surface. This hardly even feels like one until the end, which is where it becomes a little more watchable but until then, it's a really dull Western where not a whole lot at all happens. That is what kills the film for the most part.

The Final Verdict: This is a really dull Western with very few horror elements at all involved, this one's a hard recommend. This might be a cheap pick-up for Western fans or B-movies of the sort, but for those seeking a really guilty pleasure will have to go for something else.


Review by slayrrr666 from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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