Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Crazy: Army of Frankensteins (2013)

A fun, silly bit of Indy Horror.  Today's Film is Army of Frankensteins, a 2013 Genre-bender Film.  Is it a Horror?  Is it Science-Fiction?  Is it Action?  Yes.  This is one of the many Films I got for my Birthday and I somehow had not heard of it.  See- I don't catch everything!  The Film tells the tale of a man, a crazy Scientist, a kid and a weird Plot Twist.  It is the basis of this Film's crazy Plot, so we're not talking about a major SPOILER here.  I won't give it all away, since the Film works by constantly taking weird, crazy turns.  With our Heroes tossed into an unfamiliar area and facing a new threat, can they survive?  More importantly, will History as we know it survive?  To find out, read on...
Our Hero is a poor schlub with a bad Apartment, no Career and he just walked in on his ex-Boss kissing his Girlfriend.  Could things get worse?

He is kidnapped by Dr. Frankenstein and his young Igor, has his eye taken and is now there to see his creation come to life.
Something goes awry and the trio are sent back in Time!  On top of that, they have created nearly a dozen duplicates of the Creature!  Don't ask me how- it just did!
The conflict now involves the Northern Army, the Southern Front and an Army of Frankensteins.

Before you say anything, they do address why that Title makes sense...but also that it is too good to not use.
Will our Hero's ability to see through his donated eye help them survive this chaos?
What the hell is this thing and will this Southern menace prove to be too much?
It is North vs South- just not in any way that you have ever seen it!
You can't do a Civil War Film (even this kind) without Lincoln.  What danger confronts him?
John Wilkes Booth even shows up.  Who will live?  Who will die?  To find out, watch this flick.
What a weird Film.  Weird, weird, weird.  In the Film's defense, they stick to their crazy Plot and go with it.  They really go for it!  Frankenstein's Monster!  Freak Mutant Guy!  Time-Travel!  Freaky Mutant Animal!  Lasers!  For what it is worth, this silly Film is fun.  The Make-Up Effects are nice.  The only real downfall for this low-budget Film is the Computer-Generated Effects.  You don't notice it for a while, but in the big Battle Scene, it starts to show a little.  It doesn't ruin the rest of the Film, but it does make you yearn for a bigger Budget.  It is what it is.  I will give them credit for trying to make a fun, full-fledged Story here.  As great as Kung Fury is, they don't exactly have much Story in it.  In this case, they have plenty of Story to work with.  I will say that the Film is a little long for such a quirky Tale, but your mileage may vary.  If you like crazy, Indy stuff (like Maynard), you'll probably like this one alot.  If you don't, you may be lost once Frankenstein's Monster Time-Travels.  To be fair, they do also use one of my pet peeves too...
Next up, some cheesy Action in the Jungle.  After all of those Sons of Kong Films, can I handle a modern one?  Stay tuned...

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