Saturday Frights – Kyoufu Densetsu Kaiki! Frankenstein (1981)


Thanks to The Retroist Vault being buried under 4,694 tons of snow; attendance is a little slim around here this week. But fret not oh fiendish ones, while Vic Sage, Doug McCoy, Claymation Werewolf and Phisbon3s are all outside fending off our air dropped shipment of nacho “cheese” from a horde of salivating yetis, I have selflessly volunteered to stay locked tightly inside and make sure that the projector is threaded properly…I know, it’s a burden but what can I say; I’m just that kind of ghoul!


So, what creature feature am I going to watch while my erstwhile co-workers are goofing off outside? Why none other than Toei’s 1981 anime flick “Kyoufu Densetsu Kaiki! Frankenstein”; an adaptation equal parts Mary Shelly’s iconic novel and Marvel’s comic series from the early 70’s (which is no surprise as Toei also adapted Marvel’s Tomb of Dracula a year earlier).

If you can’t join us in the Vault all is not lost! The entire opus is available in 10 (un)convenient installments on YouTube (the first of which I have posted below). So, turn down the lights, wrap up in a warm blanket, and let the depressing tale of violence and doomed monsters magically teleport you back to the 80’s; when visiting trauma upon your children via uninformed VHS rental habits was a weekly occurrence! Now if only my inconsiderate co-workers would knock off the blood curdling screams out there, I could enjoy my movie in peace!

Daniel XIII

Daniel XIII: equally at home at a seance as he is behind the keyboard! Raised on a steady diet of Son of Satan comics, Kaiju flicks and Count Chocula, ol' XIII is a screenwriter, actor, and reviewer of fright flicks! What arcane knowledge lurks behind the preternatural eyes of the Ouija Board Kid?

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