Tales Of Frankenstein is packed with stars: Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game Of Death), Ann Robinson (Imitation of Life and both the George Pal and Tom Cruise versions of The War Of The Worlds), Beverly Washburn (Elizabeth from Spider Baby!), Robert Axelrod (Lord Zedd from Power Rangers), Jerry Lacy (Bogart from Play It Again, Sam) and even Len Wein, the creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine!
This horror anthology comedy film was written, directed and produced by Don Glut, who also wrote the bestselling novel version of The Empire Strikes Back.
This is the movie version of Glut’s Tales of Frankenstein short stories, presented in an anthology format.
The first story, “My Creation, My Beloved” is all about a deformed descendent of the doctor trying to make the ultimate man and woman.
“Crawler from the Grave” is about another relative of Frankenstein who dies because of a serum he created and his reanimated hand protecting his jewelry.
“Madhouse of Death” is a 1940’s hard-boiled tale of a detective, three dragon ladies, a mad doctor, a headhunter and a gorilla.
The final story is “Dr. Karnstein’s Creation” and as you can tell by the name, it’s all about creating new life in Transylvania.
While this movie doesn’t have a huge budget, it has plenty of heart. There are tons of references to other films and each chapter has a totally different feel for its era and the style of films popular within it. If you can keep the budget in mind, this is a fine way to enjoy the evening.