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FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN (1973) – Episode 157 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“No one has come as close as I, understanding the secret of life, intelligently created. My mistakes have been few, but I learned from every one.” It’s always good to learn from your mistakes, right? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they check out Flesh for Frankenstein (1973), first released in the US in 3D as Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein!

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 157 – Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)

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Baron Frankenstein creates two “zombies” – one male, one female – planning to mate them in order to create a master race.


This one is Doc’s pick. He had long wanted to watch it so when it dropped onto Shudder, it also dropped immediately into the Decades of Horror 1970s schedule. Doc describes his watch of Flesh for Frankenstein as truly an experience. He goes on to call Udo Kier’s performance something to behold and expresses his appreciation for Carlo Rambaldi’s effects work. Flesh for Frankenstein is so much fun in 3D that Bill enjoyed it at first, despite its bad dialogue. He thinks it has a great beginning and a great last ten minutes, and Udo Kier is amazing but it’s a weird, weird movie in the style of a 1970s European comedy. Jeff saw Flesh for Frankenstein during its initial 3D theatrical release. Even as a nineteen-year-old, it was not the nudity that stuck in his mind. It was a very specific 3D gore shot that took up residence in his memory. Chad hated Flesh for Frankenstein the first time he saw it and he still doesn’t understand the point. It’s one film he just can’t get behind. And is Baroness Katrin Frankenstein the Baron’s sister or his wife or both? It’s so confusing.

If you’ve never seen, as Bill puts it, this weird, weird film or you would like to refresh your memory, now might be the time to do so. As of this writing, Flesh for Frankenstein is available to stream on Shudder, and a 4K UHD disc is forthcoming from Vinegar Syndrome.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Blood for Dracula (1974), aka Andy Warhol’s Dracula chosen by Jeff. Let’s just get it over with.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.