Lady Frankenstein (1971)
Director: Mel Welles, Aureliano Luppi
Main Stars: Joseph Cotten, Rosalba Neri, Paul Muller, Peter Whiteman, Renate Kasche
Storyline: The daughter of Frankenstein falls in love and wants to transplant her lover’s brain in a hunky man to prolong his life.
Review (Spoils): Dr. Frankenstein get killed by the monster that he created, a tall golem one eyed beast. The doctor’s daughter Tina continues the experiments with her dad assistant Marshall and they fall in love. During this the monster is still walking the land murdering people and Tina wants to transplant Marshall’s brain in a hunky retarded servant named Stephen’s body.
This leads the film into a love story, a man monster with some cool make up, murder so that her boyfriend can have the perfect figure, some nakedness, love making and some good body swaps. The film does not rely on blood as there is barely any but instead feeds off of the presence of actress Rosalba Neri which is a good thing. She is a very attractive woman and her acting is very well done as she carries the film. The monster make up is even pretty decent for the budget the film was playing with. Wait till the ending which I have read was banned because it crossed the moral line.
Rating: This film did scream Hammer, it has all the look and feel but of course it isn’t one. But I do have to say I would take Rosalba Neri on the screen over Peter Cushing any day.