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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

M  -  Horror | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  11 February 1970 (USA)
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Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor, Karl and his fiancée Anna, they kidnap the mentally sick Dr. Brandt, to perform the ... See full summary »

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Anna
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Professor Richter
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Inspector Frisch
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Ella Brandt
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Doctor Brandt
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
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Colette O'Neil ...
Mad Woman
Frank Middlemass ...
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George Belbin ...
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Michael Gover ...
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Jim Collier ...
Dr. Heidecke
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Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor, Karl and his fiancée Anna, they kidnap the mentally sick Dr. Brandt, to perform the first brain transplantation ever. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The characters of Insp. Frisch (Thorley Walters) and the Police Doctor were added to the script at a late stage. See more »

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When Anna drags the water-sodden corpse into the bushes, a crew member's shadow can be seen moving on the brickwork of the curb to the left of the corpse's feet. See more »

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Professor Richter: I have become the victim of everything that Frankenstein and I ever advocated. My brain is in someone else's body.
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Believe it or not, one of the BEST "Frankenstein" films!
10 March 2014 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

Hammer did 7 Frankenstein films from the late 50s to early 70s:

  • The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)




  • The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)




  • The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)




  • Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)




  • Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)




  • The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)




  • Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973)




Peter Cushing played Baron Frankenstein in every one of these except "The Horror of Frankenstein" because it was a remake of the original story and they needed a much younger actor to play the role; they chose Ralph Bates (who superbly played the love-to-hate OTT satanist in "Taste the Blood of Dracula" released the same year).

In any event, we all know the basic Frankenstein story: A mad scientist is obsessed with creating life from an assortment of body parts. Eventually he succeeds and his creation goes on a killing spree, although the creature is nice to kids 'cause they're innocent. Ultimately the monster must be destroyed (and the Baron usually goes with him).

Ho Hum. Forgive me if this basic plot no longer trips my trigger. Thankfully, I recently saw a couple of Frankenstein flicks that stirred my interest in this age-old predictable story: This one and "Lady Frankenstein," detailed below.

Hammer's "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed" was, as noted, the fifth film in their 7-film Frankenstein series. THE PLOT: Baron Frankenstein is a fugitive who goes by a different name but is intent on continuing his gruesome work. He ultimately blackmails a young couple in assisting him. They steal a patient from the local insane asylum and successfully transplant his brain into another body, curing his madness.

The film is highlighted by Veronica Carlson, who looks a lot like Ursula Andress, but possibly even more beautiful (if you can imagine that).

FINAL ANALYSIS: "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed" is one of the best Frankenstein flicks I've seen. It's creative, labyrinthian and full of pizazz. Being a sequel, the film retains the essential elements of the original story but is a natural progression. The REAL monster in this picture is Baron Frankenstein himself; he's no longer a basically good person obsessed with creating life from corpses. His obsession has defiled him to the point of enmity, hate, arrogance, violence, rape and murder.

Another great Frankenstein film from this same period is the Italian "Lady Frankenstein," released in 1971, which starred Rosalba Neri (AKA Sara Bey) as the Baron's daughter who overtakes his work after his death. See my review for details.

GRADE: A


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