FRANKENSTEIN: DAY OF THE BEAST (2011) Reviews and overview

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‘An island. A bride. A monster.’

Frankenstein: Day of the Beast is a 2011 American science fiction horror film written, photographed, edited, produced and directed by Ricardo Islas, loosely based on Mary Shelley’s novel.

The movie stars Michelle Shields, Tim Krueger and Adam Stephenson.


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On a foggy winter morning, a raft brings a priest to an isolated island. He is getting paid to perform a wedding ritual under very mysterious conditions. The groom is Victor Frankenstein, and the young and beautiful bride is his cousin Elizabeth.


Seven armed and dangerous mercenary soldiers have been hired to protect her against something huge that hides in the woods, waiting for that wedding night to be consummated. Victor is the only one who knows the truth about their enemy. His secret will be paid with the life of his private army, whose men will die one by one, as the creature gets closer to his target: the bride…

” … definitely not the most conventional telling of the Frankenstein story, but its diversions from that story made me look past the rough edges that go along with low budget and amateur acting. Shelley-freaks will want to seek it out, but those who don’t have an appreciation toward low fi scares may not be impressed.” Ain’t It Cool News

“It has all the familiar Frankenstein monster elements but also delivers a certain style and authority that allows it to make its own mark. The acting, setting, costumes and dialogue screams drive-in movie fare, but the production gamely reaches out to retell the myth with a little sex, a lot of gore and an interesting take on the reanimation portion of the monster.” Hollywood Chicago


” … pretty much follows the look and style of a Hammer film. It stays true to the source while creating a much less sympathetic creature and showing us just how brutal he can be. The story is easy to fall in to and the end has a nice little twist.” Horror News


Production began in the Orland Park, Illinois area in January 2011 and was funded by indie fundraising website IndieGoGo. The film premiered with a limited theatrical release in the United States on November 27, 2011.

Cast and characters:
Michelle Shields … Elizabeth
Tim Krueger … The Monster
Adam Stephenson … Victor Frankenstein
Bruce Spielbauer … Blind Man
Suzy Brack … Justine
James S. Evans … Priest
Wesley Saint Louis … Bartul
Mat Labotka … Knives
Brian Connelly … Hurst
Chris Margetis … Jaeger
Jay Disney … Henry
Paul Barile … Rowley
Jeff Swan … Constiple (as Jeffrey Swanson)
Ruth Terefe … Safi
Drake Mafestta … Kirk
Ticia Martyr … Agatha
Frank Warpeha … Felix
Shannon Edwards … Percival
Jake Jones … Knives
John Vitiritti … Schiffer
Stacy Baker … Maria (as Dylan Baker)


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