JOE D’AMATO WEEK: Frankenstein 2000 (1992)

This would be the last non-adult film that Joe D’Amato would direct. But if he’s going out, he’s bringing along some old friends like Cinzia Monreale (who was in his Buio Omega), Maurice Poli (Papaya dei Cairibi) and Donald O’Brien (Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals, Immagini di un convento).

It’s shot in Austria, which may explain the Teutonic decorated dorm room. I don’t know. I do know that O’Brien is a handyman accused of putting Monreale (who many will recognize as the blind Emily from The Beyond) into a coma and the rich kids that get away with it while also making his death look like a suicide. So she brings him back from the dead an hour in and everyone dies.

It’s sad to be honest. It feels like Patrick more than Frankenstein and maybe it’s for the best that D’Amato went off into the world of adult. But he also made The Crawlers on the way out and I’d rather think of that as his last movie.

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