Another problem that may or may not have dissuaded the old MST3K gang(s) from doing a number on Frankenstein’s Castle Of Freaks is the fact that it is a really bad, incredibly stupid, horrendously lame, and incorrigibly dumb excuse for a motion picture! So much so, that even the usually razor-sharp wit of the Cinematic Titanic crew seems to drag at times with this outing (but don't worry, they make up for it).
That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t give Cinematic Titanic: Frankenstein’s Castle Of Freaks a try — because you should! You really, really should!
It’s fun! Heck, it's nutritious, too!
Are you sold yet?
So anyway, let’s discuss this movie’s dreadful attempt at a plot. Originally entitled Terror! Il Castello Delle Donne Maledette (or Terror! Castle Of Cursed Women if you translate that literally), Frankenstein’s Castle Of Freaks is a movie that has the appearance of being comprised entirely of dailies and outtakes: there are long shots used when there should be medium ones (imagine a film using only establishing shots); actors seem to be rehearsing rather than acting; the English-dubbed dialogue is nothing short of inane and has a habit of repeating itself; special effects are non-existent; and any attempt at direction on the part of veteran exploitation producer Dick Randall (as Robert H. Oliver) comes across as incompetent at best (hell, even the titles are bad: witness the mention of actor Mike Monty’s name in the closing credits — twice! — as if the filmmakers really couldn’t decide whether or not his part was important).
Sporting a distinguished cast of has-beens and nobodies alike including South Pacific’s Rossano Brazzi; The Wild Wild West’s diminutive Michael Dunn (in one of several posthumous performances following his death the year before in 1973); Edmund Purdom (another familiar face from Italian exploitation flicks who passed away on New Year’s Day, 2009); Gordon Mitchell (star of many a peplum and spaghetti western movie); Luciano Pigozzi (aka Alan Collins); the ladies of the story, Laura De Benedittis and Simone Blondell (aka Simonetta Vitelli), whose careers were probably cut short with this one; and, quite possibly the most unlikely screen name in B-movie history, “Boris Lugosi” (aka Salvatore Baccaro) as Ook, the caveman!