House of Frankenstein 1997Los Angeles homcide detective, Vernan Coyle, is investigating a series of murders who has left no clues.  They call the murdererthe “Midnight Rapter.”   He has no clues as to what is happening until his girlfriend turns into a werewolf.   This mini series gives you the three most legendary monsters: Vampires, Werewolfs, and Frankenstein’s monster.  This film doesn’t bring you the ones that are protrayed in the early 30’s and 40’s.  This film shows us the real ones.  Frankenstein’s monster from from Mary Shelley’s novel, and the vampires and werewolves from old folklore.   We see still that the Frankenstein monster isn’t a monster like the old movies, but just misguided like in Mary Shelley’s novel.  The vampires are practically running the town with the werewolves serving them.  The head vampire, Crispian Grimes, is in search for the Frankenstein monster in hopes to get him on their side.  It is now up to Vernon Coyle to stop them from doing so and changing Grace back into a human.

This movie has it all.  It’s three and a half hours of vampires, werewolves, and the Frankenstein monster.  When I first heard about this back in 1997 I was really looking forward to it.  So when the night came for the movie to be played I was amazed.  It starts out with Crispian Grimes killing a man by a lake.  The vampires don’t look human at all when they are in their vampire form.  The werewolves look just like a wolf.  I find this movie to be one of the most entertaining miniseries ever made, along with Stephen King’s The Stand.  For the entire three and a half hours you never get bored.  At first I was expecting this to be a remake of the classic 1944 version, but instead this was much much more, and a far better film.   I have only seen this movie played that one time that it was on TV.  And that’s the bad thing because ever since 1997 I’ve been awaiting it to be released on VHS/DVD, but it hasn’t happened yet.  So if you ever see this film advertised to be played again, check it out.  You won’t be disappointed.  I give it a 9 out of 10.

Posted on June 19, 2008

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