Frankenstein’s Army (2013) starring Karel Roden, Alexander Mercury, Robert Gwilym
Synopsis of Frankenstein’s Army
In Frankenstein’s Army, toward the end of World War II a squad of Russian soldiers seemingly stumble upon a lab run by the descendant of Dr. Frankenstein, creating abominations for the Nazis.
Review of Frankenstein’s Army
In short, Frankenstein’s Army is an example of everything that I dislike in the modern horror film. There’s little reason to care about the characters. There’s little character development. There’s a betrayal, but the audience really doesn’t care, since there’s no emotional investment in the betrayed characters.
The positive is that the makeup and special effects are excellent. Gruesome, but excellent. I don’t blame the actors – they all did a fine job. There’s very little plot – Frankenstein’s Army frankly feels like watching cutscenes from a horror video game. That’s not a compliment. I only rate Frankenstein’s Army 1.5 stars out of 5.
Cast of characters in Frankenstein’s Army
- Sgt. Novikov (Robert Gwilym, Casualty). The original leader of the Russian squad. The first victim of Frankenstein’s zombots.
- Dmitri (Alexander Mercury, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Wonder Woman). Soviet propagandist, who’s on a secret mission. He later attempts to recruit Dr. Frankenstein to work for the Soviet Union.
- Sergei (Joshua Sasse, Galavant). The soldier who takes charge of the squad after Novikov’s death. He is later betrayed by Dmitri to become one of Frankenstein’s more gruesome experiments.
- Sacha (Luke Newberry, Dusty and Me). The last surviving squad member, who escapes with an … unusual … package.
- Viktor (Karel Roden, Hellboy, The Bourne Supremacy). Originally pretending to be only a caretaker, Viktor is the mad scientist. Whose work is coveted by Josef Stalin himself.
Editorial review of Frankenstein’s Army courtesy of Amazon.com
In the dying days of World War II, a battalion of Russian soldiers find themselves lost in enemy territory. Stumbling upon a village decimated by an unseen terror, they’re lured into the secret lab of a deranged scientist (Hellboy‘s Karel Roden) and forced to face off against his army of horrific flesh-and-metal war machines. Leaderless and faced with dissension amongst their dwindling ranks, the Russians must find the courage to face down this terrifying new menace or die trying. A nightmarish fantasy thrill ride unlike any other, Richard Raaphorst’s Frankenstein’s Army is a delirious plunge into the darkest depths of insanity.