Film #88: FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY
1.5 out of 5 stars
I’ll start off by saying that I’m a fan of “war horror” stories. Films like Su-chang Kong’s R-POINT and Steve Barker’s OUTPOST… there’s just a vibe about them that is interesting. The idea of the supernatural bleeding through the chaos of war… count me in! So, it was with baited breath that I turned on FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY. Regrettably, director Richard Raaphorst imbues his film with all of the visual flair and grotesquerie of a YouTube video of the local haunted house. The viewer knows he’s in trouble from the moment the film starts and you realize that the entire film is “found footage”… in the 1940s. Yes, it’s ridiculous, but given that you can get over that jagged bit of directorial decision-making, you’re treated to an equally ridiculous script and nausea-inducing hand-held camerawork. How they got Karel Roden (BOURNE SUPREMACY, ROCKNROLLA) to be in this is anybody’s guess. Let it just be said that FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY is a barely watchable slide down the chute of what passes these days for genre filmmaking. It’s rushed, poorly plotted, and patently – and almost offensively – ridiculous (I keep using that word, don't I?). And don’t get me started on the FX… while I appreciate the director using some of his budget for actual practical FX, well… it’s just that every time an FX shot is done, you literally see the change from actor to dummy, the seam of skin / appliance. After a while, it gets distracting. . So yeah… see it so that you can check it off The List, but… don’t expect much worthwhile here.