Frankenstein's Daughter is often held to be a Golden Turkey classic and has been nominated as the Worst Film to Ever Bear the Frankenstein Name (although to be fair, there are a substantial number of other contenders for that role). In most regards, Frankenstein's Daughter is a typical cheapie that was being produced in this era and is about average for a Z-budget film of the day. The female monster looks surprisingly similar to the vampire monster that turned up in Herman Cohens Blood of Dracula (1957) the year before. Its pasty, gnarly face and laughable fried egg eyes produce laughter when it turns up on screen apparently the makeup man was not even aware that it was meant to be a female monster when designing it. On the plus side, at least the Frankenstein monster, when seen, comes with some suitably hideous makeup. Donald Murphy also plays with an undeniably effective ruthless charisma as the Frankenstein descendent.
The film is notable for some of its dialogue howlers. At one point, the monster is described as a terrible looking creature in a bathing suit. Donald Murphys Frankenstein is much more of a sexual animal than previous characterisations he makes crude advances on the heroine (Sandra Knight), while he kills Sally Todd after she agrees to go parking with him (but no more than that). He gets wonderfully arrogant lines like: From here on, I decide what is evil, or announcing to Sandra Knight Youve always treated me like a monster, Trudy. Now youre going to be one.
Frankenstein's Daughter also follows on in the vein of the youth focus of the monster movies that began with I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) and the aforementioned I Was a Teenage Frankenstein and features young leads and seemingly requisite scenes featuring a rocknroll band. In this regard, John Ashley, a teen star, later famous in the Beach Blanket films and a series of Filipino horror films, is top-billed but only has a minor role. Heroine Sandra Knight never went onto much of an acting career and her footnote in history is largely that of marrying Jack Nicholson a few years later.
Frankenstein's Daughter is one of the films in the career of low-budget director Richard [E.] Cunha. Cunha also made She Demons (1958) about a monster-making Nazi mad scientist; The Giant from the Unknown (1958) about a giant revived in the present-day; and Missile to the Moon (1959) about an expedition to the Moon encountering an all-female Lunar society.
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