Below average Canuxploitation from 1970 that remains a low point in
Canadian horror cinema.
The first and (understandably) only feature directed by
Gilbert W. Taylor, DR. FRANKENSTEIN ON CAMPUS (a.k.a. FLICK) remains
better known for its exhibition strategy than its content: it was
released in 1971 on a famous double bill with NIGHT OF THE WITCHES (a
far better movie). In the years since it’s fallen into obscurity, and
Victor Frankenstein is a young man hailing from
Transylvania who finds himself adrift on a Canadian college campus. His
name marks him out as a subject of ridicule among his classmates. He
excels, however, with a biology professor fascinated by Victor’s
experiments with the brain.
Victor has created a remote unit to control people’s
brains, which he predicts will create “the biggest scientific and
sociological explosion in history.” He tests out his invention on his
girlfriend’s pets, making her cat claw her dog to death.
Eventually the college’s higher-ups grow fed up with
Victor’s antics and expel him. More determined than ever to put his
dastardly plans into action, Victor drugs his college pals and implants
receptors in their brains, which force them to do the bidding of his
remote unit. In this manner he makes his beefy pal Tony kill his friends
in a graveyard.
Unfortunately Tony quickly goes out of control,
embarking on a killing rampage around the campus. Victor attempts to
re-exert control, but an unfortunate accident puts a stop to that, and
also exposes a pertinent secret about Victor’s origins…
I really hate to be excessively negative, but there’s
just not much to be said about this movie that’s even remotely positive.
Nearly every hoary seventies movie cliché is featured: sappy love scenes
set amid pastoral scenery, gratuitous psychedelic lighting and editing,
a distracting faux-jazz score, etc.
All that is in addition to a meandering narrative
marred by ham-fisted attempts at social relevance, in the form of campus
demonstrations and “be-in” parties, that fall flat. Further annoyances
include indifferent pacing, “acting” that might charitably be called
stilted (with performers who are far too old to be convincing as college
students), and “hip” dialogue like “All us Transylvanians got rhythm.”
There’s at least some gratuitous T&A, which is all that
really exists here to hold one’s attention.
DR. FRANKENSTEIN ON CAMPUS (FLICK)
Director: Gilbert W. Taylor
Producer: William Marshall
Screenplay: David Cobb, William T. Marshall, Gilbert W. Taylor
Cinematography: Chris Slagter
Editing: Eric Wrate
Cast: Robin Ward, Kathleen Taylor, Austin Willis, Sean Sullivan, Ty
Haller, Tony Moffet-Lynch