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POP! Review: Unveiling the unique blend of comedy and horror in ‘Lisa Frankenstein’

Do all women want a perfect boyfriend? What if they are nonexistent? Willing to make one?

“Lisa Frankenstein” is a unique combination of ’80s nostalgia and horror comedy that it promised to deliver.

Diablo Cody, the mastermind behind “Jennifer’s Body,” ditched the tired tropes for a wild, absurd horror comedy that felt like a surreal mashup of John Hughes and Tim Burton.

Not only that, Zelda Williams skillfully navigated the film’s tone, which ranged from romantic to sinister with the precision of a trapeze artist, in her directorial debut. It was like watching a magician pull off tricks you didn’t know you wanted to see.

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In the movie, Kathryn Newton shone as Lisa, a high school outcast, a traumatized daughter, and one with an unexpected crush on a non-speaking corpse, played by Cole Sprouse.

Now, let’s talk about Liza Soberano, who stole scenes as the cheerleader stepsister. She was not just a supporting character; she was the unexpected MVP, injecting genuine humor and warmth without falling into the trap of caricature.

Also, Carla Gugino, added her spice as the overprotective stepmother, walking the tightrope between amusing fun and knowing cruelty.

Cole Sprouse, the silent corpse heartthrob, from fresh-from-the-ground to barely-passing-as-an-’80s-teen, transformed into a charismatic cadaver using gestures and sounds. It was a performance so weirdly captivating that you can’t help but appreciate Sprouse’s willingness to embrace the peculiar. It was like he was conveying, “Who needs words when you can rock as a dead guy?”

Overall, it was fair to say that Diablo Cody blended her signature wit with a fresh take on the teenage experience. “Lisa Frankenstein” was about Cody adding her quirky annotations in the margins—it was a colorful, weird, and heartwarming rollercoaster. It was the kind of movie that left you wondering, “Did I just witness the resurrection of ’80s glory, or have I been transported to a parallel universe where corpse heartthrobs are a thing?” Either way, it was worth it giving it a chance.

Lisa Frankenstein is now showing in cinemas nationwide.

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