Can’t get enough of David Harbour after Stranger Things 3 or are you just in the mood for a truly ludicrous thirty-two minutes of television? Then you’re in luck! On July 16th, Netflix premiered Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein a bizarre mockumentary about David Harbour dealing with his daddy issues.
David Harbour, playing himself, attempts to learn more about his father, David Harbour Jr. (also played by David Harbour). David Harbour Jr. was a thespian actor who stars in a televised played about Dr. Frankenstein as his own fame begins to crumble. A darker side of David Harbour Jr. is explored through a rivalry with his younger co-star, Joey Vallejo, played by Alex Ozerov (The Americans).
Watch the trailer below.
Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein was written by John Levenstein and directed by Daniel Gray Longino. Levenstein is known for his work on Arrested Development, Kroll Show, Portlandia, and Silicon Valley. Longino has worked on Portlandia, PEN15, Who Is America? and more. The creative team shared their excitement on social media.
I can’t express how excited I am. “Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein,” starring @DavidKHarbour, is coming to Netflix July 16th. Written by me, directed by @danlongino. Also starring @kateberlant, Alfred Molina and many more. @NetflixIsAJoke https://t.co/p1JrzrqBwZ pic.twitter.com/nmFVk2Hx9l
— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) June 19, 2019
Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein is now on NETFLIX!@johnlevenstein @DavidKHarbour and @kateberlant are brilliant
special appearances by alfred molina and @MarionVanCuyck
cinematography: carl herse
production design: @juddypower
edit: @Zombiago_ pic.twitter.com/lrPXfIflir
— Daniel Gray Longino (@danlongino) July 16, 2019
Reviews on the experimental short have been mixed. Collider said, “this oddball mockumentary runs a brisk 28 minutes and doesn’t appear to be attached to anything other than the idea that watching David Harbour do his best blowhard Orson Welles impression for a half-hour would be really, really funny. And you know what? It is. Nailed it. A+ for absurdity. I don’t know what strange electrical storm brought Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein off the slab, but I’m not mad this monster is alive.” On the other hand, Variety found the show to be “a broad, loopy half-hour that feels a bit like one long comedy sketch, with all that implies… even half an hour is a generous amount of time to give to a story that feels, well, sketchy, with reversals whose pile-up is more novel than truly funny and with jokes that feel underwritten at best.”
Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein is now available to stream on Netflix.