There is such a wide variety of horror films these days that you never know where they are going or what they may be offering. Sadly more often than not they are pretty bad for various reasons, but that doesn’t stop them from getting made or fans giving each film the chance they deserve. The latest is the much anticipated Frankenstein’s Army from director Richard Raaphorst, but does such a strange concept live up to not only the hype but also the idea to bring it to life or will it be a failed experiment?
Frankenstein’s Army follows a group of Russian soldiers who stumble upon a secret Nazi lab where they have been doing strange experiments using the journal of Dr. Victor Frankenstein. It’s not long before they witness the terror first hand as an army of super-soldier creatures like never before that lead them into a battle for survival. This is one of those movies that sound cool and ridiculous all at once and lives up to the hype. The story is really simple and streamlined with just enough information to keep the story moving, but not enough to give many of the characters much depth or to clutter up the story. The performances range from decent to pretty cheesy across the board, but that doesn’t really hurt the finished product of this film. The only real thing important for this film to be effective is the look and feel of the man-made monsters that populate and it does not disappoint. These monstrosities are like nothing you have ever seen and easily some of the more inventive horror creations in some time. Part science gone wrong and evil with a touch of steam punk style each one out does the next creating a film that is all about the anticipation of the next creation. The filmmaker clearly spent more time on these creatures as opposed to the story and that is perfectly fine and a welcomed focuses. Most of them just come out of nowhere and directly into action rarely giving the viewer time to get over the previous incarnation that had attacked them and more than making up for any shortcomings of the rest of the film.
This has a low budget Syfy channel vibe until the Frankenstein creations come onto screen and then you see where the budget went and are happy to see it. Major props to director Raaphorst for taking this ambitious project and keeping the focus on what the fans really want to see as opposed of trying to make this some sort of clever art piece. The art is there in the creature design and well worth the entire film. If you love cheese horror with awesome and inventive creatures then this is the film for you. It’s a bit slow starting but once they are unleashed you are in for a unique experience well worth the time.
Enter the terrifying lab at your own risk when Frankenstein’s Army hits shelves on September 10th.