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'I, Frankenstein' a monstrously bad movie

Published on -1/28/2014, 10:15 AM

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Amusingly, movies can be described by the television channel they're likely to be broadcast on. A "Bad TBS/TNT Movie" is a movie that's so bad it's oddly enjoyable. A personal favorite of mine is "The Chronicles of Riddick," which, by all rights, is terrible. However, no matter where you jump into the movie, there always is some fun to be had.

A defining characteristic of a "Bad TBS/TNT Movie" is the attitude in which the project was approached. Most movies that fall into this category were intentional attempts to make serious or tense action/adventure movies that pushed too hard, missed the mark and unintentionally rebounded into enjoyable territory.

Conversely, a "SyFy Movie" (for some reason the Sci-Fi Channel decided to rename themselves SyFy) is a farcical piece of entertainment that knows exactly how big of a joke it is. Case and point: "Sharknado" -- a film about a tornado filled with live sharks.

The point of this long setup is simple. "I, Frankenstein" best can be described as a film that tried and failed to be a "SyFy Movie" and eventually will fail at being a "Bad TBS/TNT Movie." There is a bleak gulf between an intentionally bad movie and a movie that's so bad it miraculously amuses. That darkness will forever be the domain of "I, Frankenstein."

"I, Frankenstein" find's Victor Frankenstein's monster alive and in comically good shape in the present day. The film follows an incoherent plot about an unseen war between demons and the angelically-inspired Gargoyle Order; the latter of which I am incapable or saying, hearing or typing without rolling my eyes.

Ironically, it's appropriate to describe "I, Frankenstein" as being "Frankensteined" together. The plot, visual effects, acting, writing and just about everything else are mismatched components cobbled together with a grand design that ultimately is the shame of its makers.

2 of 6 stars

James Gerstner works at Fort Hays State University Foundation.

james.gerstner@gmail.com

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