Frankenstein: No clich

Last night, USA Network premiered Frankenstein. It’s Mary Shelley’s story, adapted to and set in 21st century New Orleans. The movie tells a story of gothic decadence, and depicts New Orleans as gothic and decadent, without any of the usual New Orleans clich

6 Comments so far

  1. Shannon (unregistered) on October 12th, 2004 @ 5:50 am

    Didn’t like the show much, but I have to agree about he lack of cliches… The last thing we need is another Big Easy. Let’s hope it gets picked up, for the sake of the local industry…

  2. Scott (unregistered) on October 12th, 2004 @ 5:30 pm

    No accents, true, but loads of crappy filmmaking. Only good thing: seeing Michael Madsen lounging in a bathtub in my old apartment.

  3. jonno (unregistered) on October 12th, 2004 @ 5:59 pm

    Wait, New Orleans isn’t usually perceived as gothic and decadent? Try telling that to any of the black-lipstick’d kiddies on Decatur Street. (Or any of my fellow homos crowding around Saint Ann and Bourbon over Labor Day weekend any given year. ;)

  4. Ray (unregistered) on October 12th, 2004 @ 7:58 pm

    Responding to Shannon and Scott: I’m no expert on movies, but I liked it. I thought Michael Madsen was terrific. And Parker Posey was credible as a cop. Just my unexpert opinion.

    Responding to Jonno: I could have done a better job of writing the original post. My point was that I thought the moviemakers conveyed New Orleans’ gothic decadence without resorting to clich

  5. Mark (unregistered) on October 13th, 2004 @ 12:36 am

    Funny story: I saw the star of the Big Easy when I first moved into town in ’97 or so at the Treasure Chest. For some bizarre reason I’ll never understand, I felt compelled to introduce myself and tell the dude “Hey, I like your work.” As if I was a longtime fan or something!

    Jeez. My wife still (rightfully) mocks me for it.

  6. Shannon (unregistered) on October 13th, 2004 @ 1:09 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, Ray, I thought it was really well put together. Beautifuly shot, detailed production design, and the sheer coolness of the Creature living in the Downtown Joy (which looked a bit more like the Saenger on the inside, by the way). Great atmosphere…

    I just found the leads really unengaging, and it was kind of hard to swallow the whole hipster homicide cops thing. They would have looked more at home on a Vespa than in a police car.

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