Picks and Pans Review: Frankenstein

updated 06/14/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/14/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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The monster in this remake of Mary Shelley's gothic fable looks like a veiny, mottled turnip having an exceedingly bad hair day. Thank God for special effects, because it's hard to credit him with superhuman physical powers. Instead of looking like the Shaquille O'Neal of the test-tube set. this anemic creature more resembles Handy Quaid (who in fact is the actor beneath all the heavy makeup).

The plot borrows heavily from the 1935 film sequel, Bride of Frankenstein. There's a kind, blind hermit (Sir John Mills) with whom the monster finds sanctuary. And frenzied Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Patrick Bergin) is forced to cook up a mate for his lonely, misunderstood creation.

Slow and stagy, the movie also suffers the fate that greets singers interpreting Beatles tunes: The original version with Boris Karloff is such an indelible archetype that any imitation is doomed.

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