Sunday, March 31, 2013

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966)

Starring John Lupton, Narda Onyx, Cal Bolder, Estelita, Jim Davis
Directed by William Beaudine
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

Seeking help for his injured partner, the outlaw Jesse James turns to a pair of doctors experimenting in a Spanish mission, not realizing they are descendants of the notorious Dr. Frankenstein.

The 2nd of two western-horror films made by director William Beaudine, and released as a double-feature (the first was Billy The Kid Vs. Dracula), this film lacks the screen presence of an actor like the former film's John Carradine, and suffers a bit for it.  Although serviceable enough as a western, and Narda Onyx does her best as this film's Dr. Frankenstein, a classic horror actor might have helped carry this film over.  That's probably an argument most would see as pointless, as this movie and its companion film are generally regarded as among the poorest of horror films, but I found them entertaining, and this one outdoes Billy The Kid Vs. Dracula with a stronger script and a bit more appeal in the visuals, from the lab pyrotechnics to the outdoor photography.

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