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The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

 -  Sci-Fi | Horror  -  8 May 1964 (USA)
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Penniless, Baron Frankenstein, accompanied by his eager assistant Hans, arrives at his family castle near the town of Karlstaad, vowing to continue his experiments in the creation of life. ... See full summary »

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Peter Woodthorpe ...
Zoltan
Duncan Lamont ...
Chief of Police
Sandor Elès ...
Hans
Katy Wild ...
Beggar Girl
David Hutcheson ...
Burgomaster
James Maxwell ...
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Howard Goorney ...
Drunk
Anthony Blackshaw ...
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David Conville ...
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Caron Gardner ...
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Penniless, Baron Frankenstein, accompanied by his eager assistant Hans, arrives at his family castle near the town of Karlstaad, vowing to continue his experiments in the creation of life. Fortuitously finding the creature he was previously working on, he brings it back to a semblance of life but requires the services of a mesmerist, Zoltan, to successfully animate it. The greedy and vengeful Zoltan secretly sends the monster into town to steal gold and 'punish' the burgomaster and the chief of police, which acts lead to a violent confrontation between the baron and the townspeople. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Baron Frankenstein: [upon discovering a hanged effigy of himself inside his ransacked home] Why can't they leave me alone? Why can't they *ever* leave me alone?
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Der Baron Has a Heart - Sort Of

The Evil of Frankenstein was the third Hammer film in their Frankenstein cycle but makes some major departures from the first two. First, the writer here was NOT Jimmy Sangster which explains the vast differences that exist at the end of it predecessor The Revenge of Frankenstein like the Baron's arm is not tattooed nor does he seem to exhibit any problems whatsoever or how about the whole flashback sequence which directly goes against what we saw in The Curse of Frankenstein. Or how about the way the creature is presented here - the first two films he looks human to some degree(definitely more so in Revenge) but here Hammer tries going the Universal route. This lack of creativity and originality is achingly clear throughout the whole script as we see the monster frozen in ice only to be saved by the Baron, a carnival with the villagers, the revenge on those men responsible for hurting the creature - specifically the burgomaster and the chief of police and how about the castle ending - Hmmm. Isn't this in Son/Ghost/Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman from Universal? Even a bit of The Bride of Frankenstein? I felt like I had seen this movie before only done much better in terms of plot. But we do get a hypnotist that can make contact with a creature that the scientist that put him together could not establish. Rubbish really. Much of the blame really goes to writer Anthony Hinds. He is able but he is no Sangster. Director Freddie Francis I have always liked, but he too is no Terrence Fisher. Francis can piece a film together effectively but this script just does not cut it. So what saves the film from being awful? Peter Cushing of course. Here Cushing plays the Baron with some emotions. Here the Baron bears his soul just a bit as he tells us how bad he feels having his work denigrated and repulsed by everyone. Here he shows us a bit - not much - but a bit of compassion for other individuals even asking his assistant why he stays with him. Here the Baron actually seems to have a bit of a sense of humour as when he climbs out a window in front of a buxom burgomaster's wife and says "goodnight" as he descends. Cushing breathes some much needed life into this role and its HIS creativity and execution as an actor that give this film its strengths. Sure you get typical Hammer sets and lush cinematography(you should expect that with Francis) and you also have a good group of solid supporting actors with Sandor Eles as Hans his assistant, Katy Wild as a very effective mute girl who befriends the creature, Duncan Lamont as the chief of police, and Peter Woodthorpe as Professor Zoltan the hypnotist really hamming it up. I also have a soft spot for the wife - the buxom blonde wife. But it is Cushing that saves this one from being truly dreadful. The story is incomprehensible. The monster looks like a cheaply-made Universal knockoff you might find at a flea market with the most unlikely named actor - Kiwi Kingston - playing the creature. A barely respectable entry in the Hammer series.


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