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Frankenstein 1970 (1958)

Unrated | | Horror , Sci-Fi | 20 July 1958 (USA)
Needing money, the last of the Frankensteins leases his castle out to a film company as he tries to complete his ancestor's gruesome experiments at creating life.

Director:

Howard W. Koch

Writers:

Richard H. Landau (screenplay) (as Richard Landau), Charles A. Moses (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Baron Victor von Frankenstein
Tom Duggan Tom Duggan ... Mike Shaw
Jana Lund ... Carolyn Hayes
Don 'Red' Barry ... Douglas Row (as Donald Barry)
Charlotte Austin ... Judy Stevens
Irwin Berke Irwin Berke ... Inspector Raab
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Wilhelm Gottfried
Norbert Schiller Norbert Schiller ... Shuter
John Dennis ... Morgan Haley
Mike Lane ... Hans Himmler / The Monster
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Storyline

Baron Victor Von Frankenstein has fallen on hard times; he was tortured at the hands of the Nazis for not cooperating with them during World War II and he is now badly disfigured. As his family's wealth begins to run out, the Baron is forced to allow a TV crew shooting a documentary on his monster-making ancestors to film at his castle in Germany. However, the Baron has some ideas of his own: using the money from the crew's rent he buys an atomic reactor and uses it to create a hulking monster, transplanting his butler's brain into the thing and using it to kill off the crew for more spare parts. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Taglines:

The One...The Only KING OF MONSTERS as the new demon of the atomic age!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein 1960 See more »

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Budget:

$110,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was originally going to be entitled "Frankenstein 1960" but it didn't sound futuristic enough. It was also thought to be too far-fetched that an independent researcher could obtain his own atomic reactor in 1960. See more »

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After the examining the eyes of a victim, the Baron declares that he possesses the rare "Type A" blood--he should have been more specific; Type A+ is very common type A-, much less so. See more »

Quotes

Baron Victor von Frankenstein: [to Mike Shaw] This castle is filled with rare, old treasures.
[Putting his hand on his shoulder in a condescending fashion]
Baron Victor von Frankenstein: Feel free to browse, my friend.
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Baron Frankenstein (1996) See more »

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Taken for what it is, this B-Grade 50's horror schlock-fest ain't too bad!
17 June 2002 | by uds3See all my reviews

Nostalgic for me in many ways. I managed to sneak into the theater in my home-town in '58 (it was an "X" certificate then) to watch it. Karloff was an old "relic" even then!!! I remember thinking just how futuristic 1970 seemed. Believe it or not, people were talking planetary COLONISATION by the 70's, back in those days. (Actually, what the hell HAS happened the last three decades?)

Anyway back to the plot - there ISN'T one! Karloff shambles around his old shadowy and fog-machine driven castle occasionally doing the Dr Phibes bit on his organ. The monster is a cack-fest and everyone should be having a good time.

Ok Ok, sad in a way to see Karloff basically sending up his own classic role, but hey its STILL Boris Karloff!

In MY mind though, I still see a 13 year old boy staring up in wonder at a big screen with an evil monster on the loose. It was fun, it was THEN......best tribute you can pay it now is to just enjoy it for what it is/was.


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