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The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

Unrated | | Horror | 8 May 1964 (USA)
Upon returning to his home village to continue his experimental research, the destitute Dr. Frankenstein revives his old creature, but a hypnotist wants the monster to control for himself.

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writer:

Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Cushing ... Baron Frankenstein
Peter Woodthorpe ... Zoltan
Duncan Lamont ... Chief of Police
Sandor Elès ... Hans
Katy Wild ... Beggar Girl
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Burgomaster
James Maxwell ... Priest
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ... Drunk
Anthony Blackshaw ... Policeman
David Conville ... Policeman
Caron Gardner ... Burgomaster's Wife
Kiwi Kingston ... The Creature
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Penniless, Baron Frankenstein, accompanied by his eager assistant Hans, arrives at his family castle near the town of Karlstaad, vowing to continue his experiments in the creation of life. Fortuitously finding the creature he was previously working on, he brings it back to a semblance of life but requires the services of a mesmerist, Zoltan, to successfully animate it. The greedy and vengeful Zoltan secretly sends the monster into town to steal gold and 'punish' the burgomaster and the chief of police, which acts lead to a violent confrontation between the baron and the townspeople. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Trivia

The first of eight films in which Freddie Francis would direct Peter Cushing. See more »

Goofs

Baron Frankenstein is defending himself from the creature by pushing him backwards with a kerosene lamp and although the lamp is leaking kerosene profusely none of it is catching fire. See more »

Quotes

Baron Frankenstein: [upon discovering a hanged effigy of himself inside his ransacked home] Why can't they leave me alone? Why can't they *ever* leave me alone?
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Alternate Versions

TV version removes some scenes from the theatrical release and features 13 minutes of additional footage starring Steven Geray, Maria Palmer, William Phipps. Specifically, the scenes added for TV prints are: the scene in which a reporter asks an old doctor why nobody wants to talk about Baron Frankenstein (the later part of this scene is intercut with shots of the deafmute young woman, who IS part of the movie as originally filmed: the two men watch her and talk about her, but do not interact with her); the flashback scene showing the little girl being traumatized by the monster, becoming deaf and mute as a result (only his feet are shown); and the present-day scene in which the girl's father, now a drunken wreck, is told that psychological help may be able to overcome her muteness. These scenes are inserted into the movie smoothly, via dissolves rather than rough cuts, but they add nothing other than length. None of the characters actually gets involved in the story, and nothing about them is resolved: the reporter doesn't get the scoop he's looking for, the father doesn't get his revenge against the Baron, and the deaf woman doesn't get the therapy mentioned. See more »


Soundtracks

Tesoro Mio
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Music by Ernesto Becucci
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One of the lesser Frankenstein movies
22 December 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Dr. Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) with helper Hans (Sandor Eles) returns to a village he had been forced out of 10 years earlier. He had made a monster which (he thought) had been destroyed. He finds the creature (Kiwi Kingston) actually alive but its brain is dormant. He gets a hypnotist (Peter Woodthorpe) to activate the monster brain. He does--but has his own evil plans for it...

Third in the series of the Hammer Frankenstein movies. It's not good but it's not terrible either. Production values are strong and there's a good cast but the story is somewhat...lacking. I never quite understood how any hypnotist could activate a brain and there's next to no action until the final half hour. There's also a mute girl who is thrown into the story for no good purpose that I could see. Also the makeup on the monster is pretty terrible. They got permission and tried to model it after the monster from the 1931 film--but it just doesn't work. The violence is also pretty restrained in this one--I find it hard to believe that any scenes were cut for original TV broadcasts.

Acting helps a lot in this one. Woodthorpe overacts but Eles is tall and handsome as the Baron's assistant and Katy Wild (the mute girl) does wonders with a horribly written role--heck, she's not even given a name! Kingston is OK as the monster (his face is completely covered with makeup--all you can see are the eyes). Cushing is, as always, fantastic as Frankenstein. He doesn't play him as totally evil (despite the title) as he did later on. He comes across as a scientist who work means EVERYTHING to him--he lives only for that and nothing more. He also can't understand why people keep hounding him. He keeps asking "Why can't they leave me alone?" So not good but not bad. Worth catching if you're a Hammer fan but don't go out of your way. I give it a 6.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El castigo de Frankenstein See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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