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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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Storyline

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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Lightning raises the dead See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

"The Evil of Frankenstein" was a box office disaster when released. A lot of the criticism was focused upon the poor dialogue and the miscasting of Kiwi Kingston as the creature. See more »

Goofs

The creature breaks into the Bergomaster's glass bedroom doors but when they're first broken only his shadow is seen and then they're broken more as he walks through them. See more »

Quotes

Body Snatcher: [referring to a stolen body] I've got it!
Baron Frankenstein: So I observe... and so will half the county, if you don't hurry up and bring it inside!
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Monster Mania (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Tesoro Mio
(uncredited)
Music by Ernesto Becucci
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Decent enough, if only for a few reasons

Trying to get his experiments started again, Baron Frankenstein and his assistant find his earlier creature frozen in ice and still alive, where a local magician uses it to exact revenge on the townspeople who race to stop it before the creature starts another rampage.

This here wasn't that bad and actually had some good stuff going for it. The best parts to this one here was whenever it had the creature either as the main focus of the scene or featured it on-screen. The first scene with it, the flashback to the past where it shows the creature's first rampage through the forest and its' confrontations with the townsfolk results in some fun as the chases are nice, the stunts aren't too bad and it has a fun atmosphere that makes it really enjoyable. The fact that there's also some rather fun and enjoyable scenes later on inside the lab where the creature is being brought back to life through the hypnosis makes it quite fun, and when the creature goes out and gets his rampage going, the murder scenes are all nicely done. The final confrontation, where the monster gets out of control and starts a massive fire in the lab which soon turns into an inferno and takes out pretty much everything it can, manages to have much more fun from it when the hero gets stuck down there for the explosive final confrontation. The discovery of the creature takes place in a novel setting with the gloomy atmospherics of the cave-setting, the actual excavation is handled realistically and manages to feel completely plausible the whole way through, which is an unusual for these sorts of things. These here are enough to hold this off against its' bad parts, though there isn't a whole lot of flaws to this one. One of the main issues with the film is that there's an incredibly lame monster design chosen that doesn't do much of anything to instill fear in the viewer, as the expressionless green face looks like a block of flesh put atop the body, it's general shape is baggy and inconsistent, and on the whole there's hardly a whole lot of inference given it's pedigree to the past. The other flaw to this one, and the one that does the most damage is the film's utter dullness when it isn't focused on the monster. The monster is brought out in full detail quite late in the film, making it a real stretch in the beginning to get some good parts out of it. It's slow, dull and beyond the fun flashback has nothing all that exciting to make it interesting by focusing on such extreme lengths as it does on the carnival troupe and their reaction around town who in turn are yet again up-in-arms over the activities being conducted at Frankenstein manor which doesn't really allow much action, and it takes a while before something fun happens. These are the film's weak points.

Today's Rating/PG-Violence.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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