Indie Buzz: Frankenstein’s Monster (2013) review

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Billed as a Steampunk-light adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic, First Step Cinematics Frankenstein’s Monster, shows just what independent filmmakers can achieve with a ‘production budget equal to the cost of a motorcycle’ and a bucket load of enthusiasm.

This is one of the most faithful adaptations of Shelley’s narrative that I have ever seen, despite transferring the action from early 19th century Europe to a Steampunked (for anyone wondering what Steampunk is, it’s a kind of retrofitted Sci-Fi based upon the works of Jules Verne and HG Wells or more to my mind the 50s and 60s movie adaptations of the same) late Victorian America. The film was shot in only 14 days using locations in south-east Texas that included eight historic landmarks including the Texas Seaport Museum where the rather beautiful Victorian square rigger Elissa stands in for Captain Walton’s ship.  A few extra plot tweaks have been…

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