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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
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The Breen Office ordered a number of changes in the script and the original cut of the film. One change ordered was the sound of the device Dr. Frankenstein uses to dispose of body parts. The original grinding sound was considered too horrific. It was replaced with the sound of a toilet flush which resulted in unintended laughter in audiences. This was believed to be the first time a toilet flush was heard in a motion picture. See more »
The degree of damage to Karloff's disfigured eye changes from scene to scene. See more »
Baron Victor von Frankenstein:
[Reading from his ancestor's stone memorial marker]
"I, Frankenstein, began my work in the year 1740 A.D. with all good intentions and humane thoughts to the high purpose of probing the secrets of life itself with but one end, the betterment of mankind."
[Speaking for himself]
Baron Victor von Frankenstein:
So wrote my ancestor, but first he had to learn how flesh is made. He had to discover the art of transplanting vital organs from human beings into his creature and knitting them together until they all had all the ...
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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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