Crossover monster flicks go all the way back to the days of Universal’s classic franchises, which even snuck in Abbot and Costello on occasion. Today’s cinemascape is full of mash-ups of all shapes and sizes, and director Damien Leone’s sophomore effort, Frankenstein vs. The Mummy, probably won’t make anyone’s top ten lists in 2015, but it looks like ridiculous fun nonetheless. Check out the first trailer below.
I know what you’re thinking. The world doesn’t need another movie or TV show with Frankenstein in it, and even the Mummy is getting a little tiresome. But let’s be real here, Frankenstein vs. The Mummy isn’t going to be splattered all over previews and posters like the garbage that was I, Frankenstein and its big budget ilk, so it gets a pass for now.
Here’s what’s going on. Victor Frankenstein (Max Rhyser) is a professor at a medical college, as is Egyptologist Naihla Khalil (Ashton Leigh). You can guess the rest, right? Victor has a dastardly plan that involves reanimating a dead body (Constantin Tripes), while Naihla has found the cursed mummy (Brandon deSpain) of an ancient pharaoh. The two come to life and then somehow run into each other. Instead of bonding over old Dracula movies, however, the two monsters engage in an epic showdown.
I’m hoping for something with the wacky fun of Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies, but this looks like it’s taking itself a little too seriously. Yes, even a movie with a Frankenstein that looks like he’s in a horrorcore band can be overly serious.
The hope for a movie like this is that the backstory gets hammered out in about 15 minutes, so that the rest of it can just be chaotic, bash-em-up mayhem. Even without amazing special effects, watching two monsters duke it out has an inherent level of absurd revelry that can’t quite be explained. I mean, Freddy vs. Jason was a terrible flick, but it was still a fun movie, all things considered.
And this poster makes me want to believe that good things are on the way.
We’ll all find out what happens when a dead something fights another dead something when Frankenstein vs. The Mummy hits VOD and DVD on February 10, 2015. Who are you guys rooting for?