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The story raises the familiar questions associated with this tale: what is Frankenstein's responsibility towards his creation? After the creature begins to deteriorate, Frankenstein seems at a loss as to what to do with him. It was simple before - with a beautiful, perfect man - but after, Frankenstein is a portrait of conflicting emotions. Part of the creator wants nothing more to do with his creation, that it might be better off destroyed. But, another part can't help but feel pity for it and even a kind of protectiveness. There was also an interesting role in Elizabeth, Frankenstein's wife. She is shrewish for most of the film but begins to demonstrate a strength towards the final act absent from her husband. Unfortunately for her, she goes too far with Frankenstein's creation, as does Polidori. Jane Seymour is in dual roles - first as a peasant girl and then as the new Eve - named Prima by Polidori. She is quite different in the two roles.
Mason, also the most experienced thespian here, raises this telefilm to nearly the highest levels for such fare. All his scenes are superb. His Polidori is the one who actually perfects the technique of life creation - his Eve doesn't have Adam's physical problems. But, her cover beauty masks a pernicious, inhuman personality - an irony in that Adam does not have this defect; it's an ultimate deceit, like most of Polidori's life. His goals are eventually revealed as just an accumulation of political power, nothing to do with science, and it soon comes back at him. Not much was required of Sarazzin to enact the role of the creature, especially when he's simply a pretty, vacant-eyed man. But, after he becomes a monster - even though not physically imposing - his "iron body" is obviously more durable, stronger by far than a normal man's and it seems as if anything or anyone he comes in contact with will soon be destroyed. BoG's Score: 8 out of 10
there also exists an edited down theatrical version which was released overseas. That version also has a bit more to the couple of gory shots.
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