Lady Frankenstein – Italy, 1971 – reviews

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Cast and characters:

  • Joseph Cotten … Baron Frankenstein
  • Rosalba Neri [as Sara Bay]… Tania Frankenstein
  • Paul Muller … Dr. Charles Marshall
  • Riccardo Pizzuti [as Peter Whiteman] … The Creature
  • Herbert Fux … Tom
  • Renate Kasché [as Renata Cash] … Julia Stack
  • Lorenzo Terzon [as Lawrence Tilden]… Harris’ assistant
  • Ada Pometti [as Ada Pomeroy] … Farmer’s wife
  • Andrea Aureli [as Andrew Ray] … Jim Turner
  • Joshua Sinclair [as Johnny Loffrey] … John
  • Richard Beardley … Simon Burke
  • Petar Martinovitch [as Peter Martinov] … Jack Morgan
  • Adam Welles … Child
  • Mickey Hargitay … Captain Harris – Delirium; The Bloody Pit of Horror

Filming locations:

Castello Piccolomini, Balsorano, L’Aquila, Italy
Incir De Paolis Studios, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Lady Frankenstein
 was distributed theatrically in Italy by Alexia on 22 October 1971.
The film was adapted, with an emphasis on sex and violence, as a ‘cineromanzi’ (pictorial story) in Big Film no.22 (December 1971).
The laboratory equipment was re-used for Flesh for Frankenstein (1973).
Rob Zombie sampled the line “Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead?” from the trailer for his song ‘Living Dead Girl’.

2 Comments on “Lady Frankenstein – Italy, 1971 – reviews”

  1. A few years before his death I did correspond a bit with Mel Welles about Lady Frankenstein (in fact I think Mel may have been the first person I ever emailed). So for anyone who is interested, here is some of what he had to say about the film, several of the actors, and the censorship of the film.

    “LF was shot in English with a multi-national cast so that it had to be post voiced or dubbed in entirely. It was a big success in Italy and in South America and did reasonable business here. Roger Corman, who distributed in the USA, didn’t feel his audience was mature enough to digest the nudity and explicit sex in a gothic horror film. Incidentally the nudity in the film showed male as well as female. There were no particular anecdotal happenings with Paul Muller, a Swiss actor living in Rome, very strait laced and not particularly colorful outside of his art. Herbert Fuchs was in from Germany and very serious actor, worked hard, and did not interact much with the rest and the cast and crew. Rosalba (Neri) of course, was a love and a close friend as well as the leading lady, so there were many socials, but nothing that falls into the ‘anecdote’ category. Dick Randall had no involvement in the making of the film, he was only involved in the making of the original deal, in that he brought me and the financier of the film together. Hence, a film was wrought. We were friends living in Rome and part of a colony of Americans and Brits living there and working in the European film industry. Dick was an astute film broker, a sharp businessman with a great sense of humour. Chubby, mustachioed with a thin Gilbert Roland one and of shortish stature. The last time we met was at Cannes about 15 years ago. Dick was the embodiment of the exploitation film producer of that era.””

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