Thursday, June 25, 2009

Not-So-Gentle (Re)Viewer: Gothic (1986)

If you are interested in the backstory behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (the time that the Shelleys spent with Lord George Byron in Switzerland), in the name of all that is holy, do not watch Ken Russell's Gothic. This is the worst movie I have ever seen, and the only thing that allowed me to finish it was the "Mystery Science Theatre"-type commentary that the movie inspires.

The whole thing is hysterical and overwrought. If this weren't bad enough, the plot makes absolutely no sense as the characters wander from scene to scene with what seems to be no over-arching storyline other than "boogedie boogedie boogedie" and "sex, drugs, and bloooood." It is poorly written and poorly acted.

You have been warned.

Instead, if you are interested, here is the Mary Shelley's introduction to the 1831 text of Frankenstein, in which she discusses the summer in Switzerland that inspired her novel of reanimating the dead.

If you really want to watch a Frankenstein rip-off, let it be Young Frankenstein, instead.

2 comments:

Homero said...

I gave that movie to my Romantic lit instructor. He'd never seen it before, and wanted to. He never knew what hit him.

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

I hope you gave it to him AFTER grades were posted!

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