83 min., 1966
Written by Carl Hittleman
Directed by William Beaudine
My rating: ★★
It’s actually Frankenstein’s granddaughter, and that’s just the start of where this movie goes wrong!
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So we first meet Maria (Narda Onyx) and her brother Rudolph Frankenstein (Steven Geray), both are “doctors” that were chased out of their country for performing strange experiments. Now they have moved somewhere in the west and are continuing their experiments. We then meet Juanita Lopez (Estelita Rodriguez) and her parents. They have left the town that neighbors the Frankenstein place because too many people are going missing. Next we see a fist fight between two guys. One of them is Hank Tracy (Cal Bolder) who is best friends with Jesse James (John Lupton). After the fight Jesse and Hank meet up with Butch Curry (Roger Creed) and Lonny Curry (Rayford Barnes). They talk about robbing a stagecoach, but Lonny doesn’t like it and tells the sheriff. During the attempted robbery, Butch is killed and Hank is shot. Jesse takes him and meets Juanita, who tells him to take Hank to the Frankenstein’s because they are the only place that will actually help criminals. What will Jesse James do when he finally meets Maria Frankenstein?
Now the acting and effects in this movie was pretty terrible. Everyone, and yes I do mean everyone, was just bad. Now take the bad acting and toss in really bad direction and you really have a winner. The scene when Hank gets shot is one of the best examples of those two clashing and making one hell of a laugh fest. Lonny fires at Hank and it takes a full two seconds for Hank to react to getting hit, or maybe the bullet just went at an extremely slow speed (Thriller, anyone?). On top of that there wasn’t even a squib effect when he as supposed to be shot. Then there is the fact that every female falls in love with Jesse James after only a minute. By the middle of the movie (which takes place over two to three days, I think) you have Juanita declaring her undying love for him, even though they have only been together for about five hours. I understand love at first sight, but really?
The main problem with watching this movie is the fact that I don’t really know shit about westerns. I don’t dislike them for any reason; I’ve just never really gotten around to watching any of them. My good friend showed me Renegade (aka Blueberry) and I actually really enjoyed it (check it out if you have a chance), but it didn’t really inspire me to go and watch any more westerns (if you have any suggestions for any good westerns, please let me know). Whenever I heard about Jesse James, I thought he was a loner and they also bring up the Wild Bunch, but I don’t know anyone in said bunch so it really didn’t affect me in any way. So watching this one was a bit difficult for me. I’m used to really crappy and silly horror movies and I’m able to look the other way when a lot of stuff goes wrong, but watching this I had trouble looking past the shitty things that happen during the western parts. I realize how dumb that sounds, but it’s the truth. So after watching a little bit of the movie and thinking to myself how terrible it was, I stopped, stepped outside, had a nice long smoke and cleared my head to get into the mindset that I need to give this movie a little leeway. I started watching again and even though it’s a crappy movie it’s still enjoyable. That is if you can get over the bad acting, the lack of any real effects and the overly silly plot.Have You Read...?