Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Frankenstein General Hospital (1988)

How bad is it? It's a barely sporadically amusing "Young Frankenstein."
Should you see it? If it shows up late enough at night on television, maybe.
Whatever happened to Katie Caple?

I like Mark Blankfield; I liked him on the show "Fridays," I liked him in "Robin Hood, Men in Tights," I liked him in bit parts on several TV shows. For some reason, however, he's ended up in a bunch of horror comedies, including this film, "The Incredible Shrinking Woman," "Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again," and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" and he's not been good in them. In this one, he plays Bob Frankenstein, a descendant of the original, who ends up doing experiments in the county hospital where he works. The hospital sets, which are minimalist, are depressing and Blankfield does his role deadpan with timing that's slightly off. The monster make-up is surprisingly bad, with greasepaint scars and bolts. Leslie Jordan has the Igor role, Kathy Shower plays a doctor, and there are cameos by Ben Stein and Bobby "Boris" Pickett. This has a reputation as a terrible Frankenstein film, but it's miles ahead of many I've already reviewed and is merely an unfunny comedy.

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