So last night’s screening of ‘The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein’ as part of Scala Beyond was a lot of fun.
Even though it was the same 85 minute ‘clothed’ version I’ve got on DVD (“the slightly erotic rites of Frankenstein”, as the programmers noted in an apologetic intro), always great to see it again, and watching a Franco film in a crowded room was a novel experience… in fact, thinking about it, I believe this was the first time I’ve watched a Franco film with *anyone* else in the room. (Most friends / co-habitants still think I’m pretty shifty for even having the things on the shelf.)
The fellas sitting behind me had obviously turned up expecting a right laff-fest and were determined to get one, but, y’know, who cares…. the movie certainly has a load of splendidly goofy moments, and life’s too short to go around telling people they need to solemnly respect the craftsmanship of a Jess Franco monster movie.
The best thing about the evening of course was Stephen Thrower’s talk / Q&A session afterwards - one of the most erudite, funny, insightful guys who’s ever set pen to paper on the subject of cult/horror/whatever films, and hearing him hold forth about Franco at great length in relaxed surroundings was a real joy; can’t wait for the book.
Only regret is that I didn’t bring a camera with me to take a shot of the plain, bold caps printed sign blu-tacked to the wall outside the venue that just said “EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN, 7:30 START — >”.