B-Z at Cinematek 2014
Every last Friday of the month, Offscreen screens two rarities in Cinematek, uncovered from the darkest recesses of their archives. Two B-to-Z films with a common theme, presented as a double bill for the price of a single ticket. For the month of March, we stick to the festival's themes, as we join Mary Shelley on her visit to Lord Byron in Ken Russell's outrageous reconstruction of the fateful night that inspired Frankenstein. The second film shows her Dr. Frankenstein creation as a murderous rapist, in the fifth and best film in the Hammer series on the mad scientist.
Lord Byron and his fellow Romantic poets gather at a secluded mansion. A demonic séance plunges them into a sex and opium-fuelled nightmare world. Russell delivers some of his weirdest and nastiest imagery in this recreation of the fateful night that inspired the writing of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. He forces a young doctor and his fiancée Anna to help kidnap the mentally sick Dr. Brandt, and perform the first brain transplantation ever. Fifth and best film in the Hammer series on the mad scientist.