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Anthony Hinds (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 May 1964 (USA) See more »
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The monster bred from a dozen corpses. See more »
Plot:
Penniless, Baron Frankenstein, accompanied by his eager assistant Hans, arrives at his family castle near the town of Karlstaad... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(9 articles)
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Anthony Hinds obituary
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Anthony Hinds obituary
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A grisly homage to Universal See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Peter Cushing ... Baron Frankenstein
Peter Woodthorpe ... Prof. Zoltán the Hypnotist
Duncan Lamont ... Karlstaad Chief of Police
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
Kiwi Kingston ... The Creature
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Arpino ... Body Snatcher (uncredited)
Timothy Bateson ... Hypnotized Man (uncredited)

Robert Flynn ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Frank Forsyth ... Manservant (uncredited)
James Garfield ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Steven Geray ... Dr. Sergado (additional sequence: US) (uncredited)
Patrick Horgan ... David Carrell (uncredited)
Kenneth Kove ... Curé (uncredited)
Derek Martin ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Maria Palmer ... Rena's Mother (additional sequence: US) (uncredited)
William Phipps ... Rena's Father (additional sequence: US) (uncredited)
Anthony Poole ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Michelle Scott ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Tracy Stratford ... Rena as a Child (additional sequence: US) (uncredited)
Alister Williamson ... Landlord (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Karlstaad Pedestrian (uncredited)
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Directed by
Freddie Francis 
 
Writing credits
Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
 
Original Music by
Don Banks 
 
Cinematography by
John Wilcox 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William P. Cartlidge .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Feliks Sergejak .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Maasz .... camera operator
Geoff Glover .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... music supervisor
John Hollingsworth .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pauline Harlow .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
84 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M (2008) | Finland:(Banned) (1965) | France:-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | UK:12 (DVD rating) (2007) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16

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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?See more »
Soundtrack:
Beer Garden WaltzSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A grisly homage to Universal, 20 September 2009
Author: Ali_Catterall from London, England

Having been exiled from Karlstaad, and with their creature gunned down on a mountaintop, The Evil Of Frankenstein opens with a now skint Baron (Cushing) and his apprentice Hans (Elès) moping around the forests like a Gothic Steptoe and Son, half-heartedly yanking the odd corpse out of huts, before being sent packing by another set of disgusted locals. The Baron has no choice but to creep back into town and retrieve his equipment to flog it off. To add insult, Castle Frankenstein has been looted and defaced with noosed effigies. "Why can't they leave me alone?" sighs Victor. It's all a bit much.

To cheer themselves up, the pair attend a travelling carnival disguised in facemasks like Batman and Robin. Victor spots a familiar face in the crowd: "Well, well, well, my old friend the Burgomaster. Now he's chief of police. Easy to see how he got his promotion!" And he's wearing the Baron's ring. Not only that, he's now in possession of Victor's clothes, his chairs, his desk - "Even my bed!" Frankly, the pair need a positive: as luck has it, a deaf and dumb Björk look-alike leads them to a cave, where they discover the perfectly preserved body of the creature in a glacier.

Like Vernon Kay, "he's alive, but his brain is dormant," the result of being shot in the head in the previous film. The Baron hires the carnival's dodgy mesmerist Zoltán (Woodthorpe) to try to bring it out of its coma. Like some faithless pet cat who decides it's getting tastier treats from the old lady next door, the creature ignores the Baron, and will now only take orders from Zoltán. However, the bequiffed ageing wideboy has his own plans for the screeching lunk. "There are people in this village I want punished," he huffs. Not being up to speed with the finer points of semantics, the monster stomps off in its corrective boots to rip the Burgomaster a new one. Job done, it returns home, gets drunk, screeches a bit more, and goes for a lie down. Yet despite giving him life, the monster in no way considers the Baron his besht fuggin' mate. Then, as if suddenly collapsing under the weight of its own misery, the film ends very abruptly.

Directed by cameraman Freddie Francis, after Hammer's Terence Fisher bailed out following a car accident, The Evil Of Frankenstein is generally regarded by horror buffs to be the series' nadir, in part owing to the monster's laughable visage, which resembles a man wearing a rotting box of cornflakes on his head. (Ironic, given that this incarnation's appearance was made possible by the film's distributor Universal relaxing their copyright on Jack Pierce's flat-headed design for Boris Karloff.) But mostly, because it treats the continuity laid down by the previous movie with the same kind of respect the Baron has for dead people.

In The Revenge Of Frankenstein, the Baron had succeeded in creating a reasonably human-looking monster, before it was shot; was himself beaten to death by an angry mob for his groundbreaking contribution to genetics; and was then privately resurrected by his apprentice Hans. Here, there's no mention of the Baron's life-and-death experience; the creature (the delightfully named Kiwi Kingston) looks nothing like its forebear; and Hans appears to have downsized his IQ in the interim. The locals have also apparently forgotten they've actually killed him and instead merely run him out of Karlstaad on a rail. It's the Sliding Doors of horror threequels.

Despite this wild shift in text and focus (a consequence of Hammer producer Tony Hinds replacing the usual Frankenstein writer Jimmy Sangster), The Evil Of Frankenstein is quite fun in its doggedly depressing way, and for a film made in 1964, surprisingly modern; this is practically a punk movie, with its nihilistic tone, a monster that elicits not the slightest shred of sympathy, and tombstone humour at odds with the melodramatic origins. "Cut out his heart?" gasps the Baron's hired grave robber. "Why not?" comes the reply. "He has no further use for it." For a relatively bloodless series, the violence (check out the scene where the foul creature attacks and kills the Burgomaster in his own bedroom) is certainly more than you'd expect from this era of Hammer, and indeed certain scenes were replaced or re-shot for its 1968 television showing. And as you'd imagine, with the award-winning Freddie Francis directing proceedings, the cinematography is first rate. Really, it's a one-off, standing quite apart from the cycle, and none the worse for it.

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