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I Was A Teenage Frankenstein

Released 1957
Distributor AIP

“Speak! You have a civil tongue in your head. I know, because I sewed it back myself!” says Prof. Frankenstein, played by popular character actor Whit Bissell in one of his rare leading roles. This hurried followup to AIP’s sleeper hit I Was a Teenage Werewolf hardly scales the same low budget heights but it’s fun anyway. Several plot points are cribbed from Hammer’s Curse of Frankenstein.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.