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Frankenstein’s Army

Frankenstein’s Army (2013) starring Karel Roden, Alexander Mercury, Robert Gwilym

Synopsis of Frankenstein’s Army

buy Frankenstein's Army from amazon.com 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

Frankenstein's Army (2013) starring Karel RodenIn 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 GwilymCasualty).  The original leader of the Russian squad.  The first victim of Frankenstein’s zombots.
  • Dmitri (Alexander MercuryJack Ryan: Shadow RecruitWonder Woman).  Soviet propagandist, who’s on a secret mission.  He later attempts to recruit Dr. Frankenstein to work for the Soviet Union.
  • Sergei (Joshua SasseGalavant).  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 NewberryDusty and Me).  The last surviving squad member, who escapes with an … unusual … package.
  • Viktor (Karel RodenHellboyThe 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.