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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Peter Woodthorpe ...
Prof. Zoltán the Hypnotist
Duncan Lamont ...
Karlstaad Chief of Police
Kiwi Kingston ...
Sandor Elès ...
Hans, Frankenstein's Assistant
Katy Wild ...
Beggar Girl
David Hutcheson ...
Burgomaster of Karlstaad
James Maxwell ...
Priest
Howard Goorney ...
Drunk
Anthony Blackshaw ...
Policeman
David Conville ...
Policeman
Caron Gardner ...
Burgomaster's Wife
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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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El castigo de Frankenstein  »

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Trivia

Hammer stalwart Terence Fisher was originally slated to direct the film, but had to bow out after an automobile accident, leaving cameraman Freddie Francis at the helm. See more »

Quotes

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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Followed by Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) See more »

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Over the Waves
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Music by Juventino Rosas
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Another underrated film
10 October 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: **1/2 out of ****

This was the first Hammer film I recall seeing as a kid, and I loved it back then. I am, admittedly, a Universal Horror addict and most probably enjoyed it because it was so much in that vein.

Now, decades later, I understand why Hammer fans dislike it: it's not what the Hammer Frankenstein series is supposed to be. Now that I've become well acquainted with all of the Hammer films I am inclined to agree somewhat...but it's still pretty good.

Peter Cushing is his reliable self as the Baron, and he seems to be given a more heroic twist this time around. The monster is not up to par, and it IS copied from the Karloffian image to some extent, but he's fun anyway.

The lab sets are fantastic, as is the music and gothic atmosphere. You can do much worse than this for a Hammer Frankenstein film (check out HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN and see).


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