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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

PG-13 | | Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi | 11 February 1970 (USA)
Baron Frankenstein, with the aid of a young doctor and his fiancée, kidnaps the mentally sick Dr. Brandt in order to perform the first brain transplant operation.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Bert Batt (screenplay), Anthony Nelson Keys (from an original story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Baron Frankenstein
Veronica Carlson ... Anna Spengler
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 Colette O'Neil ... Mad Woman
Frank Middlemass ... Guest - Plumber
George Belbin George Belbin ... Guest - Playing chess
Norman Shelley Norman Shelley ... Guest - Smoking pipe
Michael Gover Michael Gover ... Guest - Reading newspaper
Peter Copley ... Principal
Jim Collier Jim Collier ... Dr. Heidecke
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Storyline

Baron Frankenstein travels to a new town to meet Dr. Brandt with whom his has been corresponding and with whom he had hoped to collaborate. He arrives however to learn that Brandt is in a mental institution, having lost his mind completely. He takes a room in a boarding house run by the pretty young Anna who just happens to be engaged to Karl, a doctor who works at the asylum where Dr. Brandt is being kept. When Frankenstein learns that Karl has been stealing drugs, he blackmails him and Anna to work as his assistants. He is desperate to learn a secret that Brandt was going to share with him and kidnaps him with the intent of extracting that secret by transplanting his brain into another body. Written by garykmcd

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ALL NEW AND ALL TOO TERRIFYING! THE MOST FRIGHTENING 'FRANKENSTEIN' MOVIE EVER FILMED! See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and horror images | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$100,437
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The fifth installment in Hammer Films' Frankenstein series. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Brant and her friend see the picture of Frankenstein and Brant in the newspaper, you can tell it is a recent paper from 1969 when the movie was made, and not the 1800s time frame. Although the news articles are in German, you can easily see words like "American President Nixon." Looks like Hammer's props department superimposed the drawing of Frankenstein and Brant onto a real daily newspaper they bought that day. See more »

Quotes

Professor Richter: I fancy that I am the spider and you are the fly, Frankenstein.
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Alternate Versions

The U.S. release version contains a scene of Baron Frankenstein raping Anna. This scene was reportedly removed from the original British release. See more »

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"Hammer's fifth Frankenstein presents the Baron as a totally irredeemable character."
31 March 2004 | by jamesraeburn2003See all my reviews

In order to continue his experiments, the Baron blackmails a young couple into helping him abduct Dr Brandt (a brilliant brain surgeon gone mad) from the lunatic asylum so that he can operate on him, cure his sanity and transplant the brain into another body. This he does by kidnapping and murdering Professor Richter and using the body to house Brandt's brain. This he does because he wants to learn Brandt's knowledge of brain transplants. However, when Brandt wakes up he escapes and plots revenge against Frankenstein.

The fifth Hammer Frankenstein presents the Baron as a totally irredeemable character, a cold calculating psychopath who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means destroying the young couple in the process. Cushing plays with his usual conviction and is aided by a reliable supporting cast including Simon Ward (in his first film appearance), Veronica Carlson and Freddie Jones as the creature. The direction of Terence Fisher is accomplished as is the lighting of Arthur Grant.


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