FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY (2013) Reviews and overview

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Frankenstein’s Army is a 2013 American science fiction horror feature film directed by Richard Raaphorst from a screenplay by Chris W. Mitchell and Miguel Tejada-Flores. The movie stars Karel Roden, Joshua Sasse, Robert Gwilym, Alexander Mercury, Andrei Zayats, Mark Stevenson and Hon Ping Tang.


In the waning days of World War II, a battalion of Russian soldiers find themselves lost in enemy territory. Stumbling upon a village decimated by an unseen terror, they discover that a mad Nazi scientist (Hellboy‘s Karel Roden) conducts experiments to fuse flesh and steel, creating an unstoppable army of undead soldiers.

Leaderless and faced with dissent amongst their dwindling ranks, they must find the courage to face down an altogether new menace…

“There’s all kinds of gruesome monsters, including one particularly memorable zom-bot with a propeller for a face. The gore level is also ratcheted up to possibly NC-17 levels, with a brain-surgery scene that makes the brain-eating in Hannibal look positively tame by comparison.”

“There are some nice ideas at work in Frankenstein’s Army and the monsters look great, but the ‘found footage’ conceit brings little to proceedings and for a horror movie there just aren’t enough scares.” IGN

“This action will inspire more bursts of giddy, incredulous laughter than jolts of fear — a mood that only intensifies when we meet the mad scientist himself, played with midnight-movie gusto by Karel Roden. “I can end the war by creating a new being!” he declares at one point, bisecting the brains of a Nazi and a communist and combining them crudely into a single corpse’s skull.” The Hollywood Reporter


” … less interesting as a self-contained work than as a promise of things to come. It’s a bravura if deeply silly demonstration of what clever moviemakers can do on meager resources. I wish it satisfied on its own terms, but its energy is engaging, provided you have a strong stomach for gore and are amused by old-fashioned analog monsters made of latex, rags, and diving helmets gutting Russian infantrymen… ” Roger Ebert

“There’s a foreboding sense of collapse here, seen in the panicked German citizens who, despite their uniforms, don’t quite feel villainous, and, of course, in Frankenstein’s bloated creations as they lumber down hallways and chambers. Raaphorst clearly knows what’s scary and what isn’t, and he’s succeeded in creating a fun and creepy midnight monster romp that every horror fan will appreciate.” Bloody Disgusting


Frankenstein’s Army was released theatrically by Dark Sky Films on July 26th, 2013 and was released on DVD and Blu-ray September 10th.



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