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Director:
Writers:
Bert Batt (screenplay)
Anthony Nelson Keys (from an original story by) ...
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Release Date:
11 February 1970 (USA) See more »
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The Most Frightening Frankenstein Movie Ever! See more »
Plot:
Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Believe it or not, one of the BEST "Frankenstein" films! See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... Baron Frankenstein
Veronica Carlson ... Anna

Freddie Jones ... Professor Richter

Simon Ward ... Karl
Thorley Walters ... Inspector Frisch
Maxine Audley ... Ella Brandt
George Pravda ... Doctor Brandt
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Police Doctor
Colette O'Neil ... Mad Woman
Frank Middlemass ... Guest - Plumber
George Belbin ... Guest - Playing chess
Norman Shelley ... Guest - Smoking pipe
Michael Gover ... Guest - Reading newspaper

Peter Copley ... Principal
Jim Collier ... Dr. Heidecke
Allan Surtees ... Police Sergeant
Windsor Davies ... Police Sergeant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Davies ... Policeman (uncredited)
Robert Davis ... Official (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Villager (uncredited)
Caron Gardner ... Passer-By (uncredited)
Robert Gillespie ... Mortuary Attendant (uncredited)
Michael Goldie ... Warder (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Burglar (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Journalist (uncredited)
Edward Higgins ... Water Board Workman (uncredited)
Elizabeth Morgan ... Christina, Ella's Friend (uncredited)
Daphne Oxenford ... Lady In Garden (uncredited)
Dorothy Smith ... Anna's Neighbour (uncredited)
Meadows White ... Nightwatchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Bert Batt (screenplay)

Anthony Nelson Keys (from an original story by) and
Bert Batt (from an original story by)

Mary Shelley  character: Frankenstein (uncredited)

Produced by
Anthony Nelson Keys .... producer
 
Original Music by
James Bernard 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gordon Hales 
 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
 
Art Direction by
Bernard Robinson (supervising art director)
 
Makeup Department
Eddie Knight .... make-up
Patricia McDermott .... hair stylist (as Pat McDermott)
 
Production Management
Christopher Neame .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director
Bill Westley .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Tony Lumkin .... sound supervisor
Don Ranasinghe .... sound editor
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Harry Fairbairn .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Terence Maidment .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe supervisor
Lotte Slattery .... wardrobe mistress (as Lottie Slattery)
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical director
 
Other crew
Doreen Dearnaley .... continuity (as Doreen Dearnalen)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for violence and horror images (re-rating) (2004)
Runtime:
98 min | Argentina:95 min | Spain:97 min | USA:101 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:(Banned) (original rating) | Finland:K-18 (2005) | Finland:K-18 (heavily cut) (1987) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:18 (1969) | New Zealand:R16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (DVD re-rating) (2004) | USA:M (certificate #22109) (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (2004) | USA:GP (re-rating) (1969) | West Germany:18 (f)

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Trivia:
The characters of Insp. Frisch (Thorley Walters) and the Police Doctor were added to the script at a late stage.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
Baron Frankenstein:Had man not been given to invention and experiment, then tonight, sir, you would have eaten your dinner in a cave. You would've strewn the bones about the floor then wiped your fingers on a coat of animal skin. In fact, your lapels do look a bit greasy. Good night.See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Believe it or not, one of the BEST "Frankenstein" films!, 10 March 2014
Author: Wuchak from Ohio/PA border

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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