From the makers of The Last Exorcism comes a boldly original vision of horror. What if the most chilling novel of all time was actually based on a true account of a horrific experiment gone awry? When he is suspended from his university job for his outlandish ideas, Professor John Venkenheim leads a documentary film crew to the rim of the Arctic Circle in a desperate effort to vindicate his academic reputation. His theory: Mary Shelley’s ghastly story, “Frankenstein,” is, in fact, a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy. In the vast, frozen wilderness, Venkenheim and his team search for the legendary monster, a creature mired in mystery and drenched in blood. What they find is an unspeakable truth more terrifying than any fiction… a nightmare from which there is no waking.
Director: Andrew Weiner
Writers: Vlady Pildysh, Andrew Weiner
Stars: Kris Lemche, Joe Egender, Timothy V. Murphy
Found footage films have so far yet they have gone nowhere in the time since the A-list films of “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity.” For every successful found footage film like “The Last Exorcism,” there are countless pretenders that have failed. Speaking of “The Last Exorcism,” “The Frankenstein Theory” comes from “the makers” of “The Last Exorcism,” but we have to take that statement with a grain of salt. Andrew Weiner has been around the genre for years dating back 1996’s “Tromeo and Juliet.”
Weiner’s first foray into directing comes with 2013’s found footage film “The Frankenstein Theory,” which comes out as a decent effort for the genre. While it is not groundbreaking, it is more than a serviceable entry in cinema. In a sub-genre of horror filled with less than stellar writing, and even worse acting, “The Frankenstein Theory” is a well-written and well-directed film with very nice performances by many of its cast with Kris Lemche (Final Destination 3) turning in a fine performance as the lead character.
The film centers around a team of documentarians following Jonathan Venkenheim (Lemche) into the Arctic Circle who believes he is a direct descendent of the basis of the Frankenstein novel. On top of that, the now-disgraced college professor believes that the monster is real and is still alive in the arctic fields of Northern Canada. Of course, he has eye witness accounts supporting his beliefs as well as a string of murders falling into a pattern that would match this location.
As the film progresses, we find it believable in many ways because the story is intelligently written and due to Lemche’s spot-on delivery. Also, the direction of the film is actually very well done for a found footage film. You still have the mandatory unviewable scenes due to night vision, etc., but for the most part, the film is shot fairly well.
Overall, Andrew Weiner did pretty well with “The Frankenstein Theory.” While I am not sure how often I will re-watch it, I know that the two times that I have already viewed the film were pretty enjoyable and I feel comfortable recommending it to genre fans.