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Frankenstein 1970 (1958)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 20 July 1958 (USA)
Needing money, the last of the Frankensteins leases his castle out to a film company as he tries to complete his ancestor's gruesome experiments at creating life.

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Tom Duggan ...
Mike Shaw
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Carolyn Hayes
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Douglas Row (as Donald Barry)
Charlotte Austin ...
Judy Stevens
Irwin Berke ...
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Wilhelm Gottfried
Norbert Schiller ...
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Morgan Haley
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Baron Victor Von Frankenstein has fallen on hard times; he was tortured at the hands of the Nazis for not cooperating with them during World War II and he is now badly disfigured. As his family's wealth begins to run out, the Baron is forced to allow a TV crew shooting a documentary on his monster-making ancestors to film at his castle in Germany. However, the Baron has some ideas of his own: using the money from the crew's rent he buys an atomic reactor and uses it to create a hulking monster, transplanting his butler's brain into the thing and using it to kill off the crew for more spare parts. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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The One...The Only KING OF MONSTERS as the new demon of the atomic age!

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20 July 1958 (USA)  »

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Frankenstein 1960  »

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$110,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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This project was proposed because of the success of the "Shock Theatre" package of Universal horror films released to television. The other contributing factors were the recent successes of the British-made The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and the low-budget American-International release I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957). This low-budget film had the advantage of being shot in CinemaScope. See more »

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The degree of damage to Karloff's disfigured eye changes from scene to scene. See more »

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Baron Victor von Frankenstein: [to Mike Shaw] This castle is filled with rare, old treasures.
[Putting his hand on his shoulder in a condescending fashion]
Baron Victor von Frankenstein: Feel free to browse, my friend.
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Referenced in Popcorn (1991) See more »

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Cheesy adaptation, but still watchable
17 September 2012 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

While allowing a film crew to make a movie at his castle, the Baron decides to use the opportunity to finish his ancestor's brain-swapping experiments and lets the hulking creation loose upon the unsuspecting filmmakers.

Actually not all that bad of an entry, definitely has it's moments and features some good stuff from time to time, namely in the beginning where the film-crew twist makes the action a bit jolting, and the times spent in the lab trying to reanimate the body are pure old-school sci-fi goodness. The location works nicely as well, being the kind of grand Gothic design that manages to have all it's usual theatrics played up rather nicely. It's just marred by a criminal lack of energy and enthusiasm when it's not dealing with the baron's antics, as the film-crew aren't that interesting and hardly ever do anything, the monster is a joke and looks retarded (in concept, not execution) and the entire thing is over so hurriedly it's impossible to realize what's happened until the credits start to roll. A real missed opportunity since this one could've been decent.

Today's Rating: Unrated/PG: Mild Violence


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