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Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Parody of old horror movies has strong language.

Movie NR 2019 32 minutes
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Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein may fly over the heads of all but the most devoted young students of the history of cinema. References are made to styles of acting, as well as melodramas and horror films of the past and the famed Juilliard acting school. Theatrical clichés are explored or mentioned, including playwright Anton Chekhov's advisory that every story detail should propel a play forward, so a gun seen in the first act must go off by the play's end. Harbour mimics the deceased Orson Welles (the Citizen Kane director not named here), a famed figure of international cinema who few under the age of 30 will be familiar with.

Whatever interesting points the movie makes, or comedy the movie attempts, a viewer's interest easily wanders as the fictional young Harbour seems as unlikable and one-note a character as the fictional father he is examining. Nevertheless, hats off to Netflix for providing a venue for a short piece that would likely otherwise be relegated to home movie status.

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