There was bound to be someone who would turn the story of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein into a “true story” found footage film which is the premise behind The Frankenstein Theory (2013). Found footage films have become as part of the film lexicon as say reality TV to television, so it should come as no surprise that literature would be next to be embraced in the genre.
Jonathan Venkenhein (Kris Lemche) is a scientist whose career has stalled because no one believes his theories that the infamous Frankenstein of Mary Shelley’s novel was based on historical fact who was his ancestor. He thinks that the Monster is still alive and his goal is to prove the existence of the Monster. He takes a crew of filmmakers into the wilderness to film his journey hoping to capture proof that he is right and to validate his theories.
This sounds like an actual promising premise but the film takes the format of The Blair Witch Project (1999) but leaves out the suspense and character. The film makers bicker and disagree and generally this film adds in a couple deaths but to little overall effect because the characters are not in the least bit interesting. The film suffers from the same thing that most of the found footage films suffer from which is that film makers make the worst subjects for a film. It also doesn’t help that Venkenhein comes off as a bad caricature and the actual Monster is less than thrilling when it is actually revealed.