Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove (2005)


What I always enjoy is the schlock brought upon us by new directors that take it upon themselves to carve their own pastiche with films that both spoof yet pay respect to the films of old that audiences are no longer interested in. What William Winckler does or tries his hardest in doing is both spoofing the classic horror film while paying his own homage telling this story that is both simple but entertaining. “Blood Cove” is often cheesy and goofy, but that’s the intent, its low tech in many respects with the creature’s monster suit and the Frankenstein make-up.

Even after the monster tears up a super model, they treat the general situation more as a nuisance than a threat. It’s pretty easy to explain the plot. A group of scientists testing on a creature accidentally let it get away, the creature is wreaking havoc, and now the team digs up the Frankenstein monster to test on and use it as a way to stop the creature. It’s transparent though entertaining bit of monster movie fluff that serves as a fun monster movie. Winckler also takes advantage of the recent versus craze by pitting together both a sea monster and the classic monster together. Winckler has a knack for sharp dialogue that is both hilariously ridiculous and witty, and he never shies away from exploitation.

The man sure does love breasts often showing women in the nude for no particular reason, not that I’m complaining. Winckler doesn’t attempt to turn the film in to anything more than it already is, and there’s even a cameo from Ron Jeremy. It’s difficult to carve a sense of genuine wit and get it exactly right when spoofing and or paying homage to the classic schlock from the golden age, and Winckler doesn’t always get it right. Not to mention the sequences ranging from the action to the drama are almost always repetitive. “Blood Cove” is often times very repetitive and shifts from both comedy to drama unevenly, but it’s ultimately a satisfying bit of schlock. It drips exploitation and pays homage to it while telling its own story that is simple and entertaining.