A Nightmare Wakes
Directed by Nora Unkel
Inspired by the torrid love affair of Mary and Percy Shelley as Mary writes her famous novel, Frankenstein. As Mary writes, the characters of her novel come to life and begin to plague her relationship with Percy. Soon, she must choose between true love and her literary masterpiece. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL.
In this stirring psychological horror, as Mary Shelley creates her masterpiece, Frankenstein, the novel comes to life and plagues her relationships.
Cast: Alix Wilton Regan, Giullian Gioiello, Claire Glassford, Philippe Bowgen, Lee Garrett
Wow. Just terrible. I don't think the writer/director knew what she wanted to say with this film. Or perhaps she did, and she just didn't execute it well. This is a mixture of so many dreams, hallucinations, wishes, and fears that no clear story emerges. Basically, this is a mess. I'm also offended at the historical inaccuracies. Mary Shelley was not a simpering puppy who followed Percy Shelley around. The two had a close relationship of intellectual and emotional equality. And the implication seems to be that art drives women mad. Well, it didn't with Mary Shelley. She wrote "Frankenstein" over several months with her sanity intact, and Percy encouraged her efforts and provided feedback at her request. For those who don't know much about Mary Shelley or about "Frankenstein," this film damages both reputations.
Just couldn't get through this. Tried twice.
The stark minimalist Regency set is nice to look at, but that is really the only plus going for this film. The story of the summertime on Lake Geneva is far better done with GOTHIC (1986).
i think it did not meet the mark.
A sad story, carried by a good performance by Alix Wilton Regan.