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  •  REVIEW: ROCK 'N' ROLL FRANKENSTEIN

      Rock 'n' Roll Frankenstein
    They've created a monster

    Sometimes stupid is funny. Sometimes stupid is just stupid. "Rock 'N' Roll Frankenstein" is just stupid.

    By JOSHUA TANZER
    Offoffoff.com


    In the unfortunate Halloween-themed offering "Rock 'n' Roll Frankenstein," a mad scientist (Jason Spence), who can't get a real job ever since he was caught using his rejuvenation formula on the private parts of corpses in the coroner's office, is recruited by his slippery music-promoter uncle for a top-secret project: create the ultimate rock star from parts of deceased musicians.

    ROCK 'N' ROLL FRANKENSTEIN
    Directed by: Brian O'Hara.
    Written by: Brian O'Hara and Vito Cannella.
    Cast: Graig Guggenheim, Jayson Spence, Barry Feterman, Hiram Jacob Segarra.

    Related links: Official site
      
    A long-haired, dope-addled, guitar-playing assistant (Hiram Jacob Segarra) sets off with two identical cronies to plunder the graves of Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon and Elvis. Up to this point, "Rock 'n' Roll Frankenstein" is shaping up to be the kind of over-the-top horror romp that can show on late-night cable TV for decades to come.

    But everything goes wrong — not only for the musical monster but for the movie itself — when the grave robbers try to grab Jim Morrison's sex organ but accidentally wind up with Liberace's instead. The monster fulfills his destiny as a rock 'n' roll superstar but he's tormented by violent, homosexual and bestial urges, setting up many not-hilarious violent outbursts.

    The movie gradually turns into a vehicle for hatred of gays and women, with a gratuitous attack on a priest to boot, and becomes as unpleasant as it is unfunny. Don't expect to see it even on late-night cable anytime soon — though standards are slipping all the time, so you never know.

    OCTOBER 19, 1999
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK



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