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Writer:
Anthony Hinds (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 May 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) *** See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... Baron Frankenstein
Peter Woodthorpe ... Prof. Zoltán the Hypnotist
Duncan Lamont ... Karlstaad Chief of Police
Kiwi Kingston ... The Creature
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
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)

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:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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:I realized long ago that the only way to prove my theories was to make something in my laboratory that actually lived. I never told you, Hans... I succeeded once.See more »
Soundtrack:
Fun Fair WaltzSee more »

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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) ***, 6 June 2004
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

This was the first Hammer film I ever saw, and I loved it back then on television while growing up. I'm sure the reason was because it was so much in tune with the old Universal monster films I loved, and at that time I hadn't seen any of the other British Frankensteins so I couldn't have been aware that EVIL wasn't really a true "Hammer" film. Well, sometimes ignorance is bliss, I think. Because ever since I caught up with all the other Peter Cushing Frankensteins, I gradually became clued in as to why so many diehards shunned EVIL. But that's a shame, really, as THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN is a fine horror film in its own right and one of the more underrated monster films in fandom. Last night I had a friend at the house who's a Universal Fan, and he wanted to see his first Hammer Frankenstein film. So, what better choice than EVIL? But here's the thing with movies -- sometimes it all depends on your mood and the situation surrounding you when you watch them. The last time I had watched this movie, it didn't do as much for me; but now - while taking it for what it is and enjoying it with a fellow Universal fan - the film really delivered!

Peter Cushing is still great in EVIL. Sure, he's not playing the character exactly the same as in the other films, but it's refreshing to see him more heroic than usual, and it's not as though he's a total saint either (he does take a freshly dead man and cut out his heart, for crying out loud). There are small moments of indifference, too - such as when the mute peasant girl offers bread to Cushing and his assistant, Hans -- while Hans takes the trouble of saying, "thank you... but have you enough for yourself?" Baron Frankenstein takes his half without a word of gratitude and instead merely mutters to Hans, "she can't hear you".

Terence Fisher is a good director, but I think Freddie Francis does a fantastic job too on THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN (and, later, on Dracula HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE). The laboratory is the best of all the films, and there are many neat cinematic touches -- like the grim shadowplay when the creature is stalking around town, and the monster's POV shot as he is first being raised up from his slab. The music is striking too, on par with just about any other Hammer classic. It accentuates the events of the movie very well. Kiwi Kingston makes a formidable hulking monster, and there are times when I even pitied him (it's rough to see him getting those migraines and to be abused by that hypnotist).

The only things weak about EVIL for me are some of the moments where we are at the fair, though once Peter Cushing crashes the Burgomaster's home to claim his property ("Be quiet, woman!!" - I love that! - ) we're back into high gear. Another debit for the movie is that its script seems a little perfunctory at times. In summary -- taken on its own without carping on what this isn't and enjoying it for what riches are to be found within it, THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN can be a fun and satisfying experience as a stand-alone Frankenstein Film. *** out of ****

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