Saturday, May 25, 2013


After watching the very entertaining I Was A Teenage Werewolf, I thought I'd watch another in the teen monster canon. Unfortunately, I can't think of the last time I saw such a terrible movie as Frankenstein's Daughter. I mean, it's not even bad in a good way, it's just BAD! The direction is wooden and the plot only makes sense if you don't think about it.

It seems Dr. Frankenstein's grandson is now going by the name Dr. Frank and is mixing some type of elixir that makes a woman's face go ugly (see above photo) after she drinks it. After she ingests the tonic the young lady wanders around town scaring people. What this elixir has to do with creating a living being was never clear to me. Once Dr. Frank gets a fresh body from a very attractive teen, he grafts her head onto his creation and brings it to life. Surprise, the monster is also very ugly (see poster above). Maybe, there's some type of misogynistic message being passed on here, but I really don't think so, and if it was, I'm sure it was subconscious.

There are a couple of songs in Frankenstein's Daughter, which I assume were placed in the movie to appeal to teens; but they're pretty tepid as rock and roll songs and fall more into the pop category. At a small back yard party, The Page Cavanaugh Trio do "Special Date" on which they are joined by Harold Lloyd, Jr. (yes, son of Harold Lloyd). Harold Jr. then has a solo and does a good job on a novelty tune entitled "Daddy Bird". Harold Jr. has a very interesting singing style, always staying hunched forward while he's singing.  To my surprise, John Ashley, who sings in a lot of these teen movies, doesn't have a tune in Frankenstein's Daughter

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