Black & white almost always looks good — the one lesson learned by viewers of “Frankenstein vs. the Creature From Blood Cove,” a campy quasi-horror flashback sorely lacking in satiric oomph. Writer-director William Winckler flogged last year’s middling ’70s-sexploitation sendup “The Double-D Avenger” across the country via psychotronic fan-targeting P.A. screenings and DVD release. Same approach should do likewise for this sluggish silliness, though sharper writing and some real actors would drastically improve the amusement factor next time out.
Mad scientist Dr. Laz (Larry Butler) drags colleagues to “Shellvania” to dig up historical mentor Dr. Frankenstein’s misbegotten monster for his own research — efforts nearly undone by a stray Wolfman. Hauling the undead hulk back to a secret Malibu manse, their regeneration project is interrupted both by an amphibious Black Lagoon-style prior experiment run amuck, and cheesecake-mag personnel fleeing its attack on topless beach models. Unlike, say, 2004’s “Lost Skeleton of Cadavra,” pic’s referencing ’50s and ’60s drive-in fare falls short of the slyly parody-styled perfs, situations and cinematic style desired (though Matthias Schubert’s lensing comes close). Brief appearances by Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman, pornstar Ron Jeremy, etc. underline the mundane humor level.