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LISA FRANKENSTEIN isn't just a movie; it's a love letter to the misfits, the goths, and the dreamers of the '80s era. Director Zelda Williams crafts a stunning debut, blending horror and comedy into a neon-soaked homage that resonates with both swooning romance and biting humor. Diablo Cody's script shines with its signature wit, likely paving the way for another cult classic akin to Jennifer's Body.

Set in 1989, Lisa Swallows (Kathryn Newton) is a high school senior navigating a new town haunted by her tragic past. Her father's hasty remarriage and a stepfamily straight out of a nightmare compound her sense of isolation. But when a bolt of green lightning resurrects the charming Creature (Cole Sprouse) from his grave, Lisa finds an unlikely ally in her quest for love and acceptance.

Visually and aurally stunning, LISA FRANKENSTEIN transports viewers to a world of moody neons and dreamy aesthetics. Director of Photography Paula Huidobro and the creative team perfectly capture the era's essence, from the quirky animation to the peachy-pink hues that evoke childhood nostalgia. Isabella Summers's score and Garrett McElver's soundtrack add layers of emotion, grounding the film's humor in its bittersweet undertones.

Newton and Sprouse deliver standout performances, their chemistry crackling with both sincerity and irreverence. Newton's deadpan humor and Sprouse's physical comedy breathe life into their characters, creating a duo that's equal parts endearing and hilarious. However, it's Liza Soberano who steals the show with her portrayal of Taffy, Lisa's unexpected stepsister. Soberano infuses Taffy with warmth and depth, subverting stereotypes and adding richness to the film's familial dynamics.

Carla Gugino's venomous stepmother and Joe Chrest's emotionally absent father provide a perfect foil to Lisa and Taffy's bond, while Henry Eikenberry shines as Lisa's dreamy crush. The ensemble cast brings Cody's sharp dialogue to life, infusing each scene with heart and humor.

Cody's script masterfully navigates themes of love and grief, imbuing the film with a poignant authenticity. Lisa's journey of self-discovery and resilience resonates deeply, offering a touching exploration of loss and healing. Through Lisa's eyes, we witness the transformative power of love and the beauty of embracing our true selves.

As much a coming-of-age tale as it is a love story, LISA FRANKENSTEIN transcends its influences to stand as a singular achievement. Williams' deft direction and Cody's poignant storytelling combine to create a cinematic experience that lingers long after the credits roll. Lisa Frankenstein isn't just a movie; it's a testament to the enduring power of love, friendship, and self-acceptance.

The bonus features included in this release provide an insightful peek behind the curtain of the film's creation. Deleted scenes offer snippets of additional hilarity and character moments, while the gag reel promises uproarious bloopers that will leave audiences in stitches.

  • "Resurrecting the 1980s" dives deep into the meticulous attention to detail that went into recreating the vibrant world of the '80s, celebrating its tackiness and charm in equal measure. From costumes to set design, every aspect of production embraced the spirit of the era, elevating the film's nostalgic appeal.
  • "An Electric Connection" explores the unconventional romance between Lisa and Creature, dissecting what makes their relationship tick and why their bond transcends the boundaries of life and death. Interviews with the cast and crew shed light on the characters' dynamics, offering fresh perspectives on their unconventional love story.
  • "A Dark Comedy Duo" delves into the creative minds behind the film, with Diablo Cody discussing her inspiration for giving the Frankenstein tale a contemporary twist filled with horror and humor. Director Zelda Williams' vision for bringing Cody's script to life is examined, highlighting her knack for subverting genre expectations and injecting fresh energy into familiar narratives.
  • Additionally, a feature commentary with director Zelda Williams provides further insight into the filmmaking process, offering fans a deeper appreciation for the intricacies of LISA FRANKENSTEIN's creation.

Overall, the LISA FRANKENSTEIN Blu-ray Collector's Edition is a must-have for fans of '80s nostalgia, dark comedies, and unconventional love stories. With its blend of humor, heart, and horror, this film is sure to leave audiences electrified and entertained.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

For more information on LISA FRANKENSTEIN, including where to purchase the Blu-ray Collector's Edition, visit the official website and social media channels listed below.

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