Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein

★½☆☆ – (2015) – A circus freak and an eccentric scientist try to create life after death. Attempts to build intrigue with a murder investigation atop scientific activity, but neither aspect means much since the characters are wholly unlikable. Has few moments of working drama, fewer moments of amusing comedy, and even fewer moments of actual horror.

Godsend

Godsend

★½☆☆ – (2004) – A married couple loses their only child, but a scientist promises a replacement clone. Pretty obvious out of the gate, as a “perfect” family loses their “perfect” son, and even the inclusion of a somewhat unique idea is destroyed by the common set-up and tacky follow through. Means well, but becomes too corny for its own good.

Ex Machina

Ex Machina

★★½☆ – (2015) – An expert in codes is invited to test an android for her human capabilities. A modern technological take on Frankenstein where the created subject questions her own existence while pondering the isolated world around her. The scant cast does a good job keeping focus, and the conclusion is satisfyingly bleak, but emotions are never fully rendered.

Severed Ties

Severed Ties

★★☆☆ – (1992) – A scientist loses his arm during an experiment, only to find that arm alive and violently active. Somewhat succeeds on quirkiness and a sense of not taking matters too seriously, but when all is said and done, this never makes much of a point and seems to create weirdness for the sake of weirdness. Odd, but pretty dim.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Movie

★★★☆ – (1996) – A human and his robot companions are forced to watch This Island Earth by a scientist who intimidates their sanity. Anything dealing with the film itself is pretty flat, but the observations of the joyously cruddy movie-within-the-movie range from giddy to downright hysterical. Causes enough laughter to make your face hurt.