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Frankenstein - 1970 (1958)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  20 July 1958 (USA)
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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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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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castle | ancestor | monster | nazi | atomic age | See more »

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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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Chicago talk show host Tom Duggan had a part in the film and invited Charlotte Austin and Don 'Red' Barry on his show to give the film a publicity boost. Unfortunately, both actors had a few drinks prior to going on camera and proceeded to belittle the film's quality, much to Duggan's chagrin. See more »

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Judy Stevens: I put the toast in the oven.
Judy Stevens: [Condescendingly and sarcastically] Didn't that take an awful lot of courage, darling? After all, you never know who you'll find dead in an oven!
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The Last Association
6 February 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The last association that Boris Karloff had with the Frankenstein character came in this low budget Allied Artists film that I remember seeing in the theater in 1958. It was not the best of endings.

This time Boris Karloff is playing the last descendant of the Frankenstein clan who's an old man and who in his youth was tortured by the Nazis in an effort to divulge Frankenstein family secrets. It left him quite understandably twisted.

Karloff is putting up with a movie company who is shooting on his castle grounds, no doubt shooting a film like Frankenstein 1970, a low budget thriller. The money they're paying him however is paying for an atomic reactor, something his ancestor didn't have, maybe that's the missing ingredient.

Of course the bodies start falling, four of them to be precise as Karloff searches for what he needs to revive the Frankenstein monster which he has found and preserved.

Boris Karloff and his contemporary Bela Lugosi did both great horror films and a lot of junk. Frankenstein 1970 sad to say falls in the latter category.


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