Lisa Frankenstein Robin Williams Easter Egg Revealed by Zelda Williams

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There are lots of Easter eggs in this “Lisa Frankenstein” And, according to director Zelda Williams, not many people have seen them. But that’s just fine with her – in fact, she “likes it quite a bit”.

The new film, out in theaters now, marks Williams’ feature film directorial debut and follows Lisa Swallows (Kathryn Newton), a quirky, grieving teenager who lost her mother in a brutal murder years earlier. Lisa often wanders the cemetery, drawn to the grave of a young bachelor (Cole Sprouse). When Lightning brings said bachelor back from the dead, she transforms him into her ideal man – literally borrowing body parts – and together, they create wonderful chaos, Very Love story of 1989.

Naturally, this twist on the classic “Frankenstein” story has a lot in common with the original as well as the other films. And yes, they were all very well thought out.

“We had a lot of fun throwing really cute little Easter eggs into the movie,” Williams told TheWrap. “And it’s interesting to see, most of them have been seen by at least one person. But what I really like is that they’re so subtle that a lot of them nobody noticed.”

Among the Easter eggs is a reference to Lisa’s “Aunt Shelley” – a nod to Mary Shelley, author of the original “Frankenstein” novel. And, in keeping with the time period, there’s a moment where a character says “Dammit Janet”, referring to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (one of several classic films that influenced the creation of “Lisa Frankenstein”). Speaks words.

But there’s one Easter egg that Williams thought fans would spot right away and, at least at the time of speaking with TheWrap, not many people had seen. And this is perhaps the most emotionally charged of all.

In case you missed it, keep an eye out for the Creature (Sprouse)’s suit in the final scene of the film.

“She’s wearing rainbow suspenders,” Williams explained with a smile. “I just wanted a moment, in a world where death is not permanent, to honor pop. So it was funny because I was like ‘Wow, no one saw this,’ but I love that too. It’s very subtle.”

For those unfamiliar, rainbow suspenders were a staple of Robin Williams’ — Zelda Williams’ father — outfit on the show “Mork & Mindy,” which catapulted him to fame. Zelda says that “it makes me happy” that she and her team were able to present things in a subtle, but definitive way.

Of course, Robin Williams isn’t the only great actor who was honored in “Lisa Frankenstein.” In reality, what Zelda Williams wanted to make this movie actually came from the stars of “Young Frankenstein.”

“What if Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn made a movie about this right now?”. He said. “Like what would that look like for me? Or does it sound like me?”

But as it turns out, “Lisa Frankenstein” wasn’t actually Williams’ feature debut. It could only work this way because of Covid.

“It was probably the third in line. And what ended up happening is that the pandemic doomed any film below a certain budget,” she explained. “Like every indie filmmaker I know, they had to struggle with PPE [personal protective equipment], It was really not possible to keep our crew safe. We were in an unprecedented time.”


That said, Williams is actually grateful that other projects he pitched did not work out. This taught her important lessons leading up to “Lisa Frankenstein”.

“To feel ready [to direct a film], and then them breaking up, I’m really, really grateful,” she continued. “I had to learn that lesson before that happened. If it had first fallen into my lap, and then it had come to fruition, I don’t think I would have had the clarity that things are so delicate here, and always will be. I know incredible filmmakers who have Oscars, whose movies still fall apart.

Williams noted that he felt “very cool and qualified” to direct his first film, after shadowing other directors, and directing in a variety of mediums for nearly a decade (Williams also directed several movies for pop superstar JoJo. shorts and directed several music videos).

“It felt right. [‘Lisa Frankenstein’] There was even that little train that could. This was the movie that survived despite everything and then after the pandemic, they said, ‘Okay, make a zombie love movie.’”

The sentence itself was almost a rarity, considering the fact that “Lisa Frankenstein”, although a “Frankenstein” story, is technically an original IP. And as any director or writer will tell you – including Williams, despite his fame – it’s hard to achieve. Anything It’s just been created, let alone the original concept.

“I’m pretty sure a lot of it has to do with Diablo’s beloved [Cody] “I was definitely kind of tagging along in this situation. But to even get to something, the title alone is a pun on two things: One of them is incredibly fun, camp, like Trapper Keeper, and the other is a now public domain science fiction novel about abortion. And yet it has very little to do with anything, and I love it. ”

Kathryn Newton as Lisa in Lisa Frankenstein

He added, “I mean, the title is a pun. The film itself is a true tribute to the 80’s and some of the movies I loved and still love today. I’m that person who sometimes feels like I’m being dragged on some amazing dreamy roller coaster. I think that by most people’s judgment everyone else would appear to be much more qualified than me. But I’m so grateful to be a part of it, no matter what anyone else thinks. It was such a fun, weird, wonderful trip.”

“Lisa Frankenstein” is in theaters everywhere now.

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