Lisa Frankenstein, a bonkers horror comedy

Kathryn Newton in Lisa Frankenstein

Lisa Frankenstein tells the story of Lisa (Kathryn Newton), a teen girl who falls in love with a reanimated corpse from a neglected graveyard. The name on the grave is Frankenstein. The Creature (Cole Sprouse) from the grave shows up at her door covered in mud. She cleans him up and discovers he’s missing a few parts.

Lisa Frankenstein was written by Diablo Cody. It’s a wild story about reanimating dead tissue in a shorted out tanning bed. First time director Zelda Williams, who is Robin Williams daughter, picked a suitably bonkers project for her first directing gig. Her dad would be proud of this choice.

Liza Soberano in Lisa Frankenstein

Lisa lives with her dad (Joe Chrest), her remarkably unbalanced psych nurse stepmother (Carla Gugino), and a beautiful and popular stepsister, Taffy (Liza Soberano). All of them are completely clueless about what’s going on with Lisa. Taffy, at least, tries to help Lisa blend in with the other high school kids.

Cole Sprouse and Kathryn Newton in Lisa Frankenstein
Do what with this ear?

The Creature, as I mentioned, is missing a few parts. He has no tongue so can’t talk. He’s short an ear and a hand and some other crucial bits. Big spoiler alert here: The Creature starts offing people and cutting away the needed parts. Lisa sews them onto his body and they zap him in the tanning bed to bring it to life.

Cole Sprouse and Kathryn Newton in Lisa Frankenstein
The Creature looks pretty good

Lisa plans to kill herself in the tanning bed before they get arrested for murder, but she doesn’t want to die a virgin. The Creature gets the job of deflowering her. She loves him that much!

There’s a surprise ending that makes Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant look like amateurs. That’s the only clue you get to the ending. I’d keep the door locked though, because they might need a few more parts.

This wasn’t the greatest comedy ever or the greatest horror flick ever. But it was fun and original. I watched it on Peacock. Please share your thoughts if you watch this one.

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