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Writers:
Bert Batt (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 February 1970 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Fundamental Hammer Horror viewing. See more (59 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 (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 .... makeup artist
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
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
 
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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Language:
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 (re-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 (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (2004) | West Germany:18 (f)

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Trivia:
The fifth installment in Hammer Films' Frankenstein series.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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013)See more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Fundamental Hammer Horror viewing., 8 February 2004
Author: Snake-666 from England

This fifth entry in the Hammer ‘Frankenstein' series sees Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) blackmailing a young doctor, Karl (Simon Ward) and his fiancée Anna (Veronica Carlson) into helping him kidnap the mentally incapacitated Dr. Brandt (George Pravda) and perform the first ever successful brain transplantation.

It is always difficult to make a fair and accurate assessment of a Hammer horror production, particularly one with the superlative quality of this particular work. ‘Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed' is something of a change in pace for the series as Frankenstein himself appears to have fallen into madness rather than practicing misunderstood and unethical medicine as in the previous instalments. His methods are still unethical, that cannot be debated, but there is a noticeable emphasis this time around on the Baron's work being for his own advancement rather than for the benefit of man. Although the typical self-promoting dialogue from Frankenstein would indicate that he is attempting the surgery for the benefit of mankind, there is an undoubted distinction between the Frankenstein of this movie and the ones of the past. This new direction for the character is coupled with a monstrous personality that continually dictates that nobody matters as long as the Baron gets what he desires. Frankenstein is willing to go to any lengths necessary in order to accomplish his goal and his pure focus towards his goal only wanes a mere couple of times. The Baron's deterioration into lunacy is exceedingly well portrayed during a particularly violent (but short) rape sequence. The intensity on Cushing's face adds to the believability of the scene and the image is so powerful that it could linger in the viewers mind and give the movie a new, raw and brutal edge. Peter Cushing is able to adapt his style of acting to fit the new persona of the Baron and offers a remarkably visceral performance rather than the calculated performances of the past. As with almost every movie that Cushing participated in, his on-screen presence is powerful and commanding and this alerts the viewer to the necessity of paying attention to his character.

The film follows the archetypal pattern for Hammer horrors. The film starts off powerfully with two predominantly memorable sequences, the most sensational of which is the entrance of the diabolical Baron when he terrifies a petty thief. From there, the film moves towards the mechanics of the Baron's actions and his resolution to accomplish all that he seeks out to undertake. It is during this `mid-section' of the film that everything slows down while the emphasis is no longer on scares or action. However, through some very proficient direction from Terence Fisher the pacing and structure of this movie almost makes ‘Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed' pre-eminent when compared to other movies of the era. Without a shadow of a doubt, ‘Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed' should be held in the highest echelon of excellence within the Hammer family if only for its superb composition alone. The movie ends with an exhilarating climax yet the viewer could feel cheated by the abrupt nature in which the film ends. The hasty ending is one of the few faults in this movie but in retrospect serves the series well as it does leave certain questions unanswered. The other faults with the movie are so intermittent that although they are noticeable, they rarely detract from the viewing experience. Having said that, there are a couple of scenes which seem to be unnecessarily prolonged which temporarily obstruct the otherwise smooth, flowing feel that the movie has. These scenes represent the very few moments where a viewer could temporarily lose their concentration on the movie. However, even considering the prolonged nature of the scenes in question, one cannot fault the pacing of the movie as Terence Fisher's direction shows impressive capability and he makes these scenes fit into the movie almost seamlessly.

Even with the sporadic lapses in quality ‘Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed' is fundamental viewing for any serious horror movie fan. This is a movie based around great performances, stunning visuals, a haunting and atmospheric soundtrack as well as quintessential Hammer-style horror. My rating for ‘Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed' – 8/10.

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