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 »
When Castle Dracula is exorcised by the Monsignor, it accidentally brings the Count back from the dead. Dracula follows the Monsignor back to his hometown, preying on the holy man's beautiful niece and her friends.
Three distinguished English gentlemen accidentally resurrect Count Dracula, killing a disciple of his in process. The Count seeks to avenge his dead servant, by making the trio die in the hands of their own children.
In prison and awaiting execution, Dr. Victor Frankenstein recounts to a priest what led him to his current circumstance. He inherited his family's wealth after the death of his mother when he was still only a young man. He hired Paul Krempe as his tutor and he immediately developed an interest in medical science. After several years, he and Krempe became equals and he developed an interest in the origins and nature of life. After successfully re-animating a dead dog, Victor sets about constructing a man using body parts he acquires for the purpose including the hands of a pianist and the brain of a renowned scholar. As Frankenstein's excesses continue to grow, Krempe is not only repulsed by what his friend has done but is concerned for the safety of the beautiful Elizabeth, Victor's cousin and fiancée who has come to live with them. His experiments lead to tragedy and his eventual demise.Written by
Opening credits prologue: More than a hundred years ago, in a mountain village in Switzerland, lived a man whose strange experiments with the dead have since become legend. The legend is still told with horror the world over.... It is the legend of...
For its original cinema release the BBFC required cuts to the scene where a man's head is severed by the Baron and dissolved in acid. The severing was reduced to a brief shot and no footage at all survives of the acid scene. Video and early DVD releases featured the U.S print which was cut further to remove a shot of a severed eyeball as seen through a magnifying glass, though the UK cinema print, which contains this shot, was often shown on BBC television. The 2012 Lionsgate release features the restored version which includes the eyeball shot from the UK print. See more »
Condemned to be executed, Baron Victor Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) relates his story to a priest. It's the story of an obsessed scientist who sets out to create a man from dead bodies and bring him to life. He succeeds in this but gets unwanted results as his creature (Christopher Lee) is little more than a mindless killer.
Universal's Frankenstein series were some of my favorite films. While this film is not quite on the level of the best of those, it's still an exceptional movie that launched a terrific franchise. Actually, the Frankenstein series at Hammer was the best series they had. Their Dracula series was good but lacking due to Christopher Lee's refusal to return to the part until nearly a decade after the first film. When he finally did, Hammer's most creative period was behind it. There would still be entertaining movies, but nothing on the level of these first ones. One of the most interesting changes in the Hammer series from the Universal movies was the focus on Frankenstein himself as the monster instead of the creature he creates, which changes in almost every movie. Peter Cushing is phenomenal in the part of the unsympathetic, unrepentant villainous Baron Frankenstein. It would prove to be the role of his career and he would play it more than any other part.
This is the beginning of Hammer's rejuvenation of the horror genre, which had all but been dead since Universal's last great horror cycle in the '40s. True there had been many movies of the '50s with a horror bent, such as Universal's Creature from the Black Lagoon. But these movies didn't lead to a genre revival like Hammer's films did. The ingredients here would be present in most of Hammer's classics: director Terence Fisher, screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Also great sets, nice makeup effects, and Hazel Court's cleavage! It's a classic horror film that everybody who is not prejudiced against older films should try.
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