The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

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Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life. But his creature behaves not as he intended.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Urquhart ...
the Creature / Creature
Melvyn Hayes ...
Valerie Gaunt ...
Paul Hardtmuth ...
Noel Hood ...
Fred Johnson ...
Claude Kingston ...
Little Boy
Alex Gallier ...
Michael Mulcaster ...
Andrew Leigh ...
Ann Blake ...
Sally Walsh ...


In prison and awaiting execution, Dr. Victor Frankenstein recounts to a priest what led him to his current circumstance. He inherited his family's wealth after the death of his mother when he was still only a young man. He hired Paul Krempe as his tutor and he immediately developed an interest in medical science. After several years, he and Krempe became equals and he developed an interest in the origins and nature of life. After successfully re-animating a dead dog, Victor sets about constructing a man using body parts he acquires for the purpose including the hands of a pianist and the brain of a renowned scholar. As Frankenstein's excesses continue to grow, Krempe is not only repulsed by what his friend has done but is concerned for the safety of the beautiful Elizabeth, Victor's cousin and fiancée who has come to live with them. His experiments lead to tragedy and his eventual demise. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

25 June 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Maldição de Frankenstein  »

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£65,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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For many years this held the distinction of being the most profitable film to be produced in England by a British studio. See more »


When Paul Krempe shoots the creature, it clamps its hand to its apparently bleeding face. Watching the scene frame by frame, however, it is clear that the creature's face is unhurt and the actor is simply holding a handful of fake blood (which is dribbling through his fingers even before his hand reaches his face). See more »


Baron Frankenstein: [after his monster has nearly killed him] I did it, Paul!
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Opening credits prologue: More than a hundred years ago, in a mountain village in Switzerland, lived a man whose strange experiments with the dead have since become legend. The legend is still told with horror the world over.... It is the legend of... See more »


Featured in Peter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood (1989) See more »

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Cushing is Terrific.
7 November 2002 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

This was Hammer Films opening entry into their Horror re-imagining of classic Universal Studios Monsters and it is still one of the best. Here we get a new take on the familiar Frankenstein myth with the young Frankenstein coming from a fatherless background and embracing only science and reason with any real conviction. Finally when a breakthrough comes, the Young master will stop at nothing to achieve the fame, glory and notoriety he desires--his lack of regard for others is frightening even to his mentor Paul Krempe(played excellently by Robert Urquhart)who warns him against tampering with the forces of nature and that nothing good will come from it. Cushing is outstanding in the role and adds a real sense of tragedy, genius and malice. Hazel Court is certainly lovely as the innocent cousin Elizabeth who naively becomes entangled into Frankenstein's sinking path of unconscious self-destruction.

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