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The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  25 June 1957 (USA)
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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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Priest
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Storyline

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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25 June 1957 (USA)  »

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A Maldição de Frankenstein  »

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£65,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was not the first time that Peter Cushing (Baron Frankenstein) and Christopher Lee (The Monster) starred together. Lee had a small role as a spear carrier in Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948), in which Cushing played Osric. The two had also appeared in Moulin Rouge (1952) and Alexander the Great (1956), though they shared no scenes. See more »

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In the crypt, Professor Bernstein's corpse is seen breathing in the close-up. See more »

Quotes

Baron Frankenstein: Let's let our friend here rest in peace... while he can.
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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 »

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One of the greatest horror movies of all time.
9 March 2003 | by (OKC,OK) – See all my reviews

What more can be said? A milestone in horror movie history with gore, great acting, atmosphere, direction and music. I just can't understand how a monumental film such as this only rates a 6.6. Unbelievable. Undoubtly the ones who voted low on this movie were looking for sex or crappy rap music. Those people should stick to looking for their brains under a moss-covered rock.

Truly great performances by Lee and Cushing as well as the other actors and actresses.

10 out of 10. Watch this horror movie, it's a must.


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