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Cult 101: Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) in 3D

Opens on August 11

Director: Paul Morrissey Run Time: 95 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1973

Starring: Arno Juerging, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Joe Dallesandro, Monique van Vooren, Udo Kier

Country: United States, Italy, France
Language: English, French

Presented as part of the 2023 edition of Cult 101.

About the film:

A delectably gory and cynical social satire from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Morrissey, restored from its original negative and presented in 3D. An immediate midnight and cult movie sensation, 1973’s Flesh for Frankenstein (originally titled Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein) is among the most original and transgressive interpretations of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

Baron von Frankenstein, with the help of his bizarre assistant Otto, is determined to create a new master race. To achieve his objective, he constructs two perfect “zombies” from an assemblage of body parts, intending them to mate. Meanwhile, complications ensue as the farm hand Nicholas begins an affair with the Baron’s sexually frustrated wife while searching for his missing friend Sacha, whose head and brain have been used for Frankenstein’s male “zombie.”

About the filmmaker:

Paul Morrissey is an American film director, best known for his work with Andy Warhol as his in-house filmmaker on features like Flesh (1968), Trash (1970), and Heat (1972). All three films featured Morrissey’s frequent collaborator, actor Joe Dallesandro, who also starred in The Loves of Ondine (1968), the western satire Lonesome Cowboys (1968), and the Gothic horror spoofs Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) and Blood for Dracula (1974), among others. Morrissey’s most recent feature News from Nowhere (2010) premiered at the Horizons section of the 2010 Venice Film Festival.

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