Review: The Frankenstein Theory (2013)

Posted in DVD Reviews, Reviews by - May 08, 2013
Review: The Frankenstein Theory (2013)

A young, brilliant scientist, Professor John Venkenheim, hires a film crew to document his journey into the Canadian wilderness, deep in the Artic to prove his mad theory, to find evidence of a man-made monster living in the wild for centuries. The theory, that the work of Mary Shelley was based on fact not fiction, that Frankenstein was inspired by the accomplishments of his grandfather’s great grandfather. With years of research behind him, based on the number of missing person cases and unsolved murders in small communities, Venkenheim believes the creature migrates south during the winter, close enough to population, to civilization that he can film an encounter. This is The Frankenstein Theory and this is his adventure into horror.

Writer-Director Andrew Weiner, along with screenwriter Vlady Pildysh, craft a refreshingly original premise for their found-footage film, The Frankenstein Theory. One that regrettably has very little extraordinary ideas to elevate above an oddly curious 87 minute modern day version of Leonard Nimoy’s In Search Of series from the 70′s. What could have been a minor masterpiece of originality and cinema-verite horror ends up being a under-cooked variation of Bigfoot or Yeti, think Legend of Boggy Creek in the frozen tundra, instead of a meaningful what if the Frankenstein Monster really existed. To its credit, the film makers strive for authenticity, a real life presentation on the theory of a large, hungry, man-made monster roaming in the remote wilderness. It plays more to the Blair Witch Project execution than to the Paranormal Activity or Cloverfield style wow-factor. Unfortunately this undermines the effect of the creature, his existence and his presence; it could easily be just a hungry bear, or a homicidal local madman. The only thing out there to convince you that it is actually the Frankenstein Monster is Professor John Venkenheim played by Kris Lemche, even after they come face-to-face with the creature. The film does have ample amounts of other impressive qualities that help the viewer remain invested in the film: the direction is sure handed and focused, the acting is top-notch and convincing, the cinematography is well done taking advantage of the wilderness, the night vision and the remote locations. The Frankenstein Theory is a terrific idea of a film that needs a little more imagination to its final act to make it stand out among the crowded found-footage horror output.

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This post was written by Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and podcast host for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, Decades of Horror 1980s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast, Hannibal Fan Podcast and The Future of Horror. He was also co-host Dracula on TV TALK and was a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. He is also a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist.