Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter

An odd mix of western and horror genres, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter leads a betrayed Jesse James (John Lupton) and his wounded friend Hank Tracy (Cal Bolder) to the door of Dr. Frankenstein's granddaughter (Narda Onyx) continuing her family's experiments along with the help of her reluctant brother (Steven Geray) in and abandoned mission in the Old West.

Various subplots include the outlaw who betrayed Jesse hunting him down and a local woman (Estelita Rodriguez) who leads a desperate Jesse to the Frankensteins, despite knowing how dangerous they are. Made as part of a double feature for Saturday matinees (both it and Billy the Kid Versus Dracula were filmed in a combined 8 days), the film is cheap, rushed, and isn't much notable for anything other than its bizarre premise.

One of the final films of William "One Shot" Beaudine, given the nickname for shooting mostly in single takes despite the quality captured on film, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter is really only worth seeking out for those with a morbid curiosity for the title (which doesn't even match events of the film as it is Frankenstein's granddaughter, not daughter, who James encounters). The film has been rereleased on home video as part of the Alpha Video Retrograde collection with VHS-inspired art. This version also includes a free collectible postcard

Watch the trailer
  • Title: Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter
  • IMDb: link

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