TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN (2018) Reviews and overview

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Tales of Frankenstein is a 2018 science fiction horror film written and directed by Donald F. Glut (Dances with Werewolves; Blood Scarab; The Mummy’s Kiss). The Pecosborn Productions movie stars John Blyth Barrymore, Buddy Daniels Friedman and Jim Tavaré.

The film is based upon four of Glut’s short stories published in his book Tales of Frankenstein:

‘My Creation, My Beloved’ – A deformed descendant of Victor Frankenstein creates the perfect man and woman.

‘Crawler from the Grave’ – Another Frankenstein descendant’s disembodied, plague-infected arm returns from the grave for revenge.

‘Madhouse of Death’ – A private detective winds up in an old dark house filled with loonies… and a gorilla.

‘Doctor Karnstein’s Creation’ – A mad doctor creates a monster in vampire-haunted Transylvania, with gruesomely unexpected results.


“While this movie doesn’t have a huge budget, it has plenty of heart. There are tons of references to other films and each chapter has a totally different feel for its era and the style of films popular within it. If you can keep the budget in mind, this is a fine way to enjoy the evening.” Sam Panico, B&S About Movies

“Donald Glut, achieves a fine tribute to horror classics on theme of Frankenstein movies, especially those from Universal Studios and Hammer Productions, and while the acting varies greatly, touches of cheesy performances and the stories each convey their intentions clearly.” Baron Craze, The Horror Times

” …it clearly shines through that Glut and company had lots of fun conceiving the movie. Now add to that a solid cast with some especially inspired choices – Swamp Thing creator Len Wein and veteran actor Mel Novak of Game of Death fame as two incarnations of the Doctor – and you’ve got yourself a wildly entertaining movie.” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash


Tales of Frankenstein had a successful Indiegogo campaign to raise funding for post-production costs. It will have it’s theatrical world premiere on October 24 in Los Angeles. It was released on VOD and DVD on October 19, 2018.

Main cast:

  • John Blyth Barrymore
  • Buddy Daniels Friedman
  • Jim Tavaré
  • Jerry Lacy (Dark Shadows)
  • Ann Robinson (War of the Worlds)
  • Len Wein (creator of Wolverine)
  • Beverly Washburn
  • Douglas Tait (“monster performer” in Star Trek)
  • Robert Axelrod
  • T.J. Storm
  • Mel Novak
  • Jena Sims (Sharknado 5)
  • Tony Malanowski (director of The Curse of the Screaming Dead; Night of Horror) has a cameo role

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