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TV Film
USA Network
 88 minutes

 

 

 

Synopsis: In this modern retelling of the classic tale,Victor Helios and his prototype creation known as Deucalion have survived 200 years through scientific manipulation. Now living in New Orleans, Victor has created a laboratory where he works to manufacture a new race of people - a race designed to ultimately replace mankind. When Deucalion, who has been living in Europe, learns about Victor's evil scheme, he travels to New Orleans to face his creator and end the human-engineering operation. But in order to accomplish this objective, Deucalion realizes he must find help.

Meanwhile, Detectives Carson O'Conner and Michael Sloane are investigating a series of murders that are plaguing the New Orleans community. Their latest victim is a human abomination like nothing they've ever seen before, with two hearts and bones as solid as rock. Before the detectives are able to effectively review the corpse, the body is mysteriously destroyed, and the detectives are left wondering about the victim's true identity.

Deucalion seizes an opportunity to reach out to Detective Carson, and she initially thinks he may be the killer they're looking for due to his bizarre features and odd disposition. To allay her fears, Deucalion reveals his true identity, and then explains to her the complex nature of the killings she is investigating. Upon further investigation, Carson and Deucalion learn some disturbing facts about one of Carson's colleagues, Detective Harker, that tie him not only to the crimes, but also to Helios. Carson, Sloane, and Deucalion make a pact to take down the evil doctor whose creations have successfully infiltrated society.

*****

Production Notes:
The idea for a new Frankenstein emerged in 2003 when writer Dean Koontz and producer Tony Krantz, developing a television show based on a classic horror franchise, settled on Frankenstein. Koontz wrote a one-hour pilot, and executive producer John Shiban was later hired to turn it into a two-hour movie, when the decision was made to use it as a backdoor pilot for a series. Shooting took place in May and June 2004 in the New Orleans area.

*****

Variety:
"A moody, visually arresting piece reminiscent of the 1980s CBS series Beauty and the Beast... Loaded with atmosphere, the story flips the Frankenstein mythos on its head, transforming the doctor into an ageless, malevolent villain and his monster into a hooded avenger with a rich voice and a noble soul... Deucalion (the impressive Vincent Perez)... Even working on a made-for-TV budget, Nispel provides plenty of striking imagery, giving the film a truly distinctive look."  

Mercury News:
"USA takes its shot with a modern-day retelling... In this version of the yarn, the monster is the sexy good guy... Directed with a ton of atmosphere by Marcus Nispel..."  

The Virginian-Pilot:
"Frankenstein" is deliciously good sci-fi. It's a lush production with misty venues, dark corners, long shadows and a pinch of humor. Martin Scorsese, an Oscar-nominated director, is among the executive producers. That alone is enough to raise this film above the usual movie of the week... Unlike Boris Karloff, the lead of the Frankenstein films, Perez moves through the USA production with hooded grace. He's almost suave."

Cleveland Plain Dealer:
"T
his updating of the classic horror story owes more to Anne Rice’s vampire tales than Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel. The obsessed scientist’s original creation, called Deucalion in this series, is played by the broodingly handsome Vincent Perez."

Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
"This is not the Frankenstein you know from those cheesy Saturday matinees or the Hallmark Channel, which aired earlier this week. In fact, you actually may develop the hots for Vincent Perez, the guy who plays USA's version of the creature."

Miami Herald:
USA's Frankenstein is not only contemporary, but has flipped the story on its head: The monster (Vincent Perez, The Crow: City of Angels) is a handsome, heroic dude chasing down the doctor (Thomas Kretschmann, The Pianist), who has kept himself immortal through some plastic surgery too yucky even for the butchers over at Nip/Tuck."

Sci-fi.com:
"Frankenstein has an intriguing premise, good acting and a sexy Frankenstein, and it's dripping with atmosphere... Parker Posey does a solid job as Carson and gets good support from the rest of the cast. Vincent Perez makes for a compelling sexy antihero, and Thomas Kretschmann does a nicely evil turn as the doctor." 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
"While Helios is despicable, Deucalion is far from monstrous. As played by the smoldering Perez, he's even strangely sexy, as Posey's character can't help noticing."  

Enterline Media:
"This new modernized take on Frankenstein takes the story into the 21st century in a very stylish version... Vincent Perez continues to try to get his big break in the USA and I like him as Deucalion."   

*****

vletter.gif (1289 bytes) "I thought I'd see my appearance change completely when in fact on one side of my face I'm a good-looking guy. The other side is scars and stuff. I've had 200 years to heal...  I play him like a man of mystery."
 

Cast:

Parker Posey........Detective Carson O' Conner
Vincent Perez....................................Deucalion
Thomas Kretschmann...................Victor Helios
Ivana  Milicevic........................................Erika
Adam Goldberg.........Detective Michael Sloane Michael Madsen...................Detective   Harker

Credits: 

Directed by................................Marcus Nispel
Written by...............................Dean R. Koontz
Cinematography by........................Daniel Pearl

Premiered on USA Network TV on October 10, 2004

DVD available

 
 

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