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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Low-Budget Lark 'I Was a Teenage Frankenstein'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood November 23, 2012 at 12:20PM

I Was a Teenage Thanksgiving Turkey! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing "I Was a Teenage Frankenstein," the hurried follow-up to the American International Pictures sleeper hit "I Was a Teenage Werewolf."
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"I Was a Teenage Frankenstein"
"I Was a Teenage Frankenstein"

I Was a Teenage Thanksgiving Turkey! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing "I Was a Teenage Frankenstein," the hurried follow-up to the American International Pictures sleeper hit "I Was a Teenage Werewolf."

"Speak! You have a civil tongue in your head. I know, because I sewed it back myself!" says Prof. Frankenstein, played by popular character actor Whit Bissell in one of his rare leading roles. This hurried followup to AIP's sleeper hit I Was a Teenage Werewolf hardly scales the same low budget heights but it's fun anyway. Several plot points are cribbed from Hammer's Curse of Frankenstein.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.