Army of Frankensteins (2013) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Ryan Bellgardt
Starring: Jordan Farris, Christian Bellgardt, John Ferguson
Rated: UR/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
After a failed attempt to propose to his girlfriend, Alan Jones (Jordan Farris) is beaten within an inch of his life by a street gang. Transported to the mysterious lab of Dr. Tanner Finski and his kid genius assistant Igor, Alan becomes the subject in a series of horrible experiments as part of the doctor’s plan to reanimate the legendary Frankenstein monster. But all bets are off when these experiments lead to a hole being ripped in space and time, pulling an army’s worth of the infamous creatures from hundreds of parallel universes and sending them all back to the 19th century: directly into the heart of a bloody battle between the North and South!
I hope nobody out there in internet land holds it against me if I do say that I feel that there is just a tiny bit of Army of Darkness inside Army of Frankensteins. Here we have a somewhat lovable loser, Alan, who is having perhaps one of the worst days of his life, which gets worse when he gets beaten up and then finds himself part of an experiment that sends him back to the Civil War, where there just so happens to be a whole army of Frankensteins there along with him. There is a comedic nature to the whole thing and there is also some cool scenes along the way, but I’d be unhonest if I didn’t admit to feeling the movie loses its way a bit along the way. It is all fun and games at first, but the joke or jokes do seem to run a little thin by the time the movie wraps up. While I know it was going for as much, I still think a lot of it might have been a bit too silly. At the same time, there is really some entertaining stuff at times as well, so it makes for a mixed bag that leans more towards the good side of things than it does the negative side. I know some folks might hate it and I understand it, but for what is worth I didn’t hate it, I just liked parts of it more than I did other parts of it.
The movie does borrow a bit from Army of Darkness as well as such things as Re-Animator. The Civil War stuff is what it is, but I do sort of think I’d have liked it a bit more in a more modern setting, as that stuff works better overall. I think the cast helps out a lot, as everyone here fits no matter if they are our leading man or the “bad guys” in the Civil War. The end results of the movie is a few laughs, a bit of blood, and a wacky plot that gets a bit too complicated than it needed to be by the end of things. I still liked it enough to justify saying people should see it. I think movies like this are still creative and use enough of what they have to at least stand out. It might be up to you, however, if you think it stands out in a good way or a bad way. I’d still mildly recommend it.
Quality of Transfer: 100%
Screenshots borrowed from WhysoBlu?