Frankenstein (1993)

Mike Matei / June 13th, 2013

In time for its 20th anniversary, Cinemassacre takes a look at the forgotten made-for-television (TNT) adaptation of Frankenstein from 1993. It aired during a month of MonsterVision marathons every saturday. See the MonsterVision history page for more details.


  • June 13, 2013 at 2:45 am

    First !
    Awesome, enjoy hearing your reviews and opinions !

    • oldschool

      June 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      his first shit is sooo lame. Do you really think James and Mike want to see this? This tells them nothing. They want to hear what your thoughts are, and your follow up starting with awesome is okay(nothing wrong with being a typical kid who loves that word), but just think next time any of you say first or second or third or seventeenth or whatever they don’t like that. Is that what you want? Everybody else- when we see people doing this lame ass first and second shit we can all say to ourselves there goes two people that enjoy upsetting James and Mike.

      • June 30, 2013 at 5:09 am

        Awesome comment!

  • June 13, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Wow seems like a badass movie, the kind of movie that take what it wants were they want.
    I don’t see that ofter recently so kudos to TNT being badass.
    Also, they made the monster talk and that alone is a +10, seems even better than De Niro just from looking at this. Really wow.

  • June 13, 2013 at 3:16 am

    cool review. interesting as always.

  • RMBowie

    June 13, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Great upload

  • An Heroic Hippo

    June 13, 2013 at 3:28 am

    I remember seeing that cover in this old local video rental store in my home town called House of Movies.

    I was a little kid so I never got the chance to rent any of the horror movies I saw, but I always looked at the covers. There were several I remember vividly, one being this Frankenstein movie, another being Dead Alive.

    Good times in the video rental shop.

  • June 13, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Damn you love talking about this movie huh? Very interesting to finally see some clips from it. I have this VHS tape called Horror Rock that I think you and Mike would love to see because it’s probably the weirdest tape in existence (and believe me, I’ve seen some weird stuff).

    The cover would make you think it’s an awesome collection of horror-themed rock videos, but in reality it is a compilation of public domain clips loosely tied around a storyline involving a character named ‘Uncle Tonoose”. To give you an idea of how weird it is, one part is a POV view of a roller coaster. A big box appears on the screen instructing the viewer to ‘Put face here’. So basically you are supposed to press your face against the screen and pretend you are riding a roller coaster. Lmao that concept is lame unto itself, but it is even lamer when the tape is called fucking HORROR ROCK has nothing to do with roller coasters.

    • June 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Dude! I have the same frickin VHS!!! I didn’t think anyone else would know about it! James and Mike SERIOUSLY need to see it… I laugh just thinking about what they’d say! Ha!

      • June 17, 2013 at 4:56 am

        Hahaha, oh wow! Figures the only place I would meet someone with the same VHS would be on this website, ha ha.

  • Stanofspace

    June 13, 2013 at 5:37 am

    That was awesome, I really have to see Randy Quaid as the monster.

    Where did you score that tv guide?

  • June 13, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Even though i was pretty young at the time i actually kind of remember the TNT version being on.. and never heard of the Robert Deniro movie..

  • Coyote

    June 13, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Why 1993? I thought it was released in 1992.
    Anyway – great video.

    • BrandeX

      June 13, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Yes, it’s 1992, not 1993.

      Made it easier to find:

      • June 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

        It even says on that site “Theatrical Release Date: 06/14/1993” which I remember and even have the TV guide to prove it.

        1992 is wrong.

      • June 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm

        1992 is not wrong, It was released in the UK on 29th December 1992. So I guess we are both right. It first aired in 1992. Sources, imdb and wiki.

  • kunedog

    June 13, 2013 at 7:24 am

    James and Mike,

    I wish you would address the problems with the video player on your site. Your vids are UNWATCHABLE, except the ones you also upload to Blip or Youtube (which have absolutely no trouble). They freeze, stutter and finally just give up and stop playing at all. And this is what happens with the low-res vids; HD is completely unusable and won’t start at all.

    Since the introduction of this player, you have a vastly lower-quality, less useful website. I thought you were pleased with the newer, better camera you were able to buy with the site donations (I know was thrilled), but what is the point of improving the recorded image quality if the site player is going to ruin it like this?

    • culwin

      June 14, 2013 at 3:14 am

      It’s your browser or Flash or just your computer in general.
      Works great in every browser I have.

      • kunedog

        June 15, 2013 at 2:08 am

        This happens in Opera, FF, and Chrome, on two different computers. And again, Blip and Youtube never exhibit any of the problems, only this video player.

    • totoofze47

      June 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      I have the same problem, the videos just won’t play properly. Strangely enough, the only one that did was the Mario Bros. movie review, which worked OK. Every other video I watch on this site stutters or freezes. It’s a shame, because there’s a lot of videos on this site that I’d love to watch, but can’t because of the video player.

  • Alfy Bear

    June 13, 2013 at 7:44 am

    James is right, this movie was IMPOSSIBLE to find anywhere. But it finally came out on dvd last year.

  • June 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I remember this movie! I like it a lot better than the Robert DeNiro version.

  • ClassicsNeverDie

    June 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I remember my 7th grade Lit teacher showed us this movie because it closely resembled the book. You should review the Jeckyll and Hyde movie with Michael Caine. Always thought that was a good one and I can’t find it anywhere.

  • ThomasEdwardSeymour

    June 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Hey what about the first Frankenstein film. Frankenstein 1910 by Thomas Edison’s Studio. Frankenstein is a real creeper in this flick. Sure it’s 13 minutes long but still important don’t you think?

  • matute

    June 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Great review James! It would be awesome if you could do a review of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein ( 1994 ). I’ve always wondered what you thought about that one.

  • June 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I do actually remember that movie when it came out on TNT in 1993. It was extremely shocking to see all that gore in a made for television film at the age of ten. I know it wasn’t all that great of a film, but I am actually shocked Ted Turner hasn’t put it out on DVD since he owns the network.

  • taykel

    June 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    At first I thought it was going to be the movie starring Keanu Reeves, but it is cool to see you reviewing forgotten films. Very interesting.

  • blackout

    June 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I’d give anything to see Quaid do some Cousin Eddie while in the monster makeup

  • June 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I never really like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Go knows how that made it into theaters besides having Robert Deniro in it. That looked a like a made-for-TV-movie as well.

  • ZidaneTribal

    June 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Read the mannga version from Junji Ito, it’s the best.

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  • June 14, 2013 at 1:51 am

    My favorite Frankenstein movie. The story of Frankenstein isnt just some monster movie with a dumb looking zombie. Its about Frankenteins intencity and his creation abandoned.

    I like the science in the movie. I cant believe someone being stitched together and brought back, but some sort of resonance cloning machine? So vague its believable! lol

  • June 14, 2013 at 2:29 am

    JAMES i still think those crazy japs must have seen this cover art and copied it to make the RESIDENT EVIL 2 cover!!…..MY FAVORITE GAME!

  • June 14, 2013 at 2:30 am

    I hope you have a little bit of time to talk about your film reviews at the upcoming SGC 2013 in Dallas during your panel.

  • metalcommand

    June 14, 2013 at 4:01 am

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    Thanks for watching!

    And James, great videos man. I love your movie reviews as much as I love your AVGN videos!

  • unciaa

    June 14, 2013 at 4:37 am

    I saw this one on TV back then (funnily I never actually saw the more famous one that came out the next year) and loved it. The monster being born scene is still the definitive mental image I have for Frankenstein and I loved how personal the relationship between creation and creator felt.

  • June 14, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I like how the TV guide add says “Tonight at 8”. It assumes that you are going to be reading it the day of the showing. lol.

  • June 14, 2013 at 10:16 am

    1994 Kenneth Branagh version is probably the closest.

  • Matthew Mckinley

    June 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Hey James, I made a account just so I could answer your question about a Frankenstein like the book. Theres no question which is closest, its the 2004 mini series.

    It is almost word for word the book though its not very scary, its more a character piece.

    I just wish, there would have a Dracula film that was this close to the book since movies have been so far off and the original material deserves its chance.

    • Matthew Mckinley

      June 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      I guess I should add to all those who want to see it, the movie is on netflix.

  • fcabanski

    June 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    For a second, at the end, I thought he wasn’t going to say “give it a watch”.

  • RocketeerRaccoon

    June 14, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Interesting, I’ve never heard of this version before, probably because it was a made for TV movie plus it did get shoved to the side by the other Frankenstein film that came out a year later.

  • Nathan Dean

    June 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Wow, thank you for reminding me of this! I wasn’t a huge Frankenstein fan back then but I remember when this came on. I think I was around 10 years old and it was kinda creepy. I didn’t really start watching MonsterVision until Joe Bob Briggs was hosting.

    Anyway, I watched a true-to-the-book version of Frankenstein in high school after we had to read it. I think it was made in the 80s, but I gotta tell you, it was pretty boring.

  • Aaron1375

    June 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I saw this one, and while not perfect…I found it to be a much better film than the one released the following year with DeNiro.

  • Anthony33

    June 15, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Man James, great review as always. Where did you get those video store shelves for your movies, I gotta pick up something like that for my place. Woah Patrick Bergen, who also did a version of Robin Hood, Sleeping With The Enemy and Where The Dead Are, good actor.

  • floydua

    June 15, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Can’t figure out what’s scarier: Mangled face Randy Quaid here screaming “YOU MADE ME!!!”; Amish Randy Quaid offering lap dances as a cross dressing stripper in KingPin; or Randy Quaid’s (& his wife’s) real life mugshot after running up unpaid debts all over town and fleeing to good ole Canada.

  • June 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

    “You dirty rat! You killed my brother! You dirty rat! Mmmmnnnnnn!”

  • June 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    You should review the 1989 version of phantom of the opera the robert englund one

  • mmmfloorpie

    June 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    So is Randy Quaid the normal one or the crazy one?

  • AG_Awesome

    June 16, 2013 at 10:21 am

    This is my favorite Frankenstein adaption. Everything from the sets, to the actors, and especially the music were phenomenal. I actually watched it when I was just 8 years old the day my family moved from Ohio to PA.

  • Pith Helmet

    June 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I am interested to see if James will share his thoughts on the 1994 adaption of the novel that he mentioned. I found it to be my favorite.

  • EmSeeSquared

    June 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    The monster rescuing a drowning girl only to be shot at for his troubles seems to be ripped right out of the pilot episode of the Incredible Hulk, lol

  • June 17, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I would love to see you review “Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend.” It came out in 85 and for it’s time had pretty good special effects and I always felt like it deserved way more credit and attention than it ever received. It’s kind of obscure and one of my all time favorite Dinosaur movies.

  • Oliver Axelsson

    June 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I know it´s like 4 months left, but i´m so fuckin´pumped for monster madness! The theme will probably be awesome as well and the intro and the movies will be gory and strange and I will learn so much and i´ll tune in everyday for my daily dose!!

  • Firevineswater

    June 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    This was really good, I had no idea that this film existed. James and Mike always do great reviews. The time the Nerd reviewed Tmnt 3 was also really good. btw , there is a 1979 Dracula film that stars Frank Langella ( lol skeletor, he was good in he-man) as Dracula. It also stars Donald Pleasance and Laurence Olivier, that’s three legendary actors in one Dracula film , reminds me of something hammer would do. Would be amazing if James or Mike had a chance to review that film

  • Iron65

    June 18, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I actually remember this to watch it, because they were like rereleasing this over and over again jeje … But yes It’s of underrated considering the number of versions this story has on film adaptions

  • June 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    This movie has recently gotten a DVD release from warnerarchive. I rememeber when this movie came on TV.

  • Cobra Verde

    June 19, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Wow, never heard of it; James, would you review “Frankenstein Unbound” by Roger Corman?

  • Ben_from_G-town

    June 20, 2013 at 12:42 am

    That movie doesn’t seem bad at all, but I’d say the Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that you mentioned at the end is probably better, and seemed closer to the book, as well.

  • June 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    i hope u guys make a monster madness 2013 soon aye

  • June 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    promise me you will never let them talk you out of using a medium shot again, james. hopefully you get this.

  • June 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    ninjas are totally awesome, spicey chili!

  • Jake Westbrook

    June 27, 2013 at 8:51 am

    is this available on dvd?

  • nammm3

    June 27, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    that TNT version looks soooo much better than any SYFY tv movie 🙂

  • veritas

    July 1, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Review Frankenstein Conquers the World and War of the Gargantuas please!

  • October 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    the 1994 version of Frankenstein where Robert De Niro plays the monster has been the closest to the original source material that I have found

  • Freddie Phillips

    October 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

    lmao @ just happening to have the TV Guide and everything wtf man 🙂

  • December 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Look ok

  • February 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    You should watch the late 90s Frankenstein with DeNiro. I liked it.

    • Ricardo Aguilar

      October 9, 2015 at 4:31 am

      Yeah, that was certainly one of the closest versions to the book

    • Ivan89

      November 22, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      The 2004 mini series is the closest to the book)

  • Uncle Sporkums

    January 25, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Just a little bit of trivia, Randy Quaid was really committed to his role as the monster. He would wear his makeup around the city to elicit reactions, and people would give him frightened looks.

  • June 22, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I thought that I was the only person on the planet who’s seen this movie.

  • Ricardo Aguilar

    October 9, 2015 at 4:29 am

    I haven’t seen many Frankenstain movies, but, answering your question about the closest version to the book, I’d say 1994’s “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstain”, starring Robert de Niro as the creature, and directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also played Victor Frankenstein.

  • Ivan89

    November 22, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    1:35 – the 2004 mini series is the closest to the book)

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