Film: 1 out of 5 stars
When I read “From the makers of The Last Exorcism”, I was interested and yet also hesitant. I liked “The Last Exorcism” but didn’t really love it. I love the topic of Frankenstein though and I was loving the idea of a “Blair Witch”/found footage twist on the classic Mary Shelley’s story. This film though took away 90 minutes of my life that I will never get back.. I couldn’t help relate this back to “The Troll Hunter” with a group of people heading to a strange place to try and find the mystery character. Except “The Troll Hunter” was ace and had some amazing visual effects and delivers some great scares. The only payoff in “The Frankenstein Theory” is on the box cover. The rest is waiting 90 minutes and being let down. I would steer clear of this film by all means and don’t get tricked by its flashy/lenticular box.
The premise for this film is pretty interesting. What if the most chilling novel of all time was actually based on a true account of a horrific experiment gone awry? Professor John Venkenheim takes a documentary film crew to the Arctic Circle in order to prove the theory. Of course things go array and pretty much nothing happens until the last 5 minutes. The film tries it best to be another “Blair Witch” meets “Jaws” with them hunting down the beast (who almost is not even seen, except on the box cover). They have many moments of “What was that sound?” and they even have a Quint-like U.S.S Indianapolis speech from “Jaws”, which I was laughing at loud at. There are virtual no scares at all and the ending is actually makes the film even worse since it delivers zero payoff. On top of the terrible film, there is also zero special features included…not even a trailer. Do yourself a favor skip this and rent “The Troll Hunter”, which is basically the same movie for 100% better.