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Last of the Hammer Frankenstein films, this one deals with the Baron hiding out in an insane asylum, so that he may continue his experiments with reanimating the dead, along with inmate Dr. Helder, who has been institutionalized for conducting such experiments. Written by
Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) is right where he should be...a psycho ward...only he's running it! Upon the arrival of a crazed young doctor (Shane Briant) who becomes his assistant, Dr. F is back in the lab experimenting with body parts to create a hairy, flesh-munching ghoul.
Fisher's attention to atmosphere and Cushing's patented mad doctor lay down a solid foundation, but John Elder's stilted script, cheapo production values (nice miniatures!) and poor make-up FX (the monster looks like Big Foot mixed with Cornelius from PLANET OF THE APES) kill its serious intentions. However, there's enough going on here to merit at least one watch for horror fans.
David Prowse (who went on to play Darth Vader in the STAR WARS series) plays the creature. It was sixth and final film in the Hammer series and was also Fisher's last. The original Paramount tape had over 5 minutes cut out, which have since been restored on newer prints.
Score: 4 out of 10
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