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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Baron Frankenstein
... Zoltan
... Chief of Police
... Hans
... Beggar Girl
David Hutcheson ... Burgomaster
James Maxwell ... Priest
Howard Goorney ... Drunk
... Policeman
David Conville ... Policeman
... Burgomaster's Wife
... 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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El castigo de Frankenstein  »

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According to the Blu-ray's 'making of' featurette, Peter Cushing (Victor Frankenstein) is vigorously cutting away at a cabbage during the title sequence. It was originally used to emulate the crunching sound of slicing through bone, but this was eventually censored with the title music. Cushing, being very adamant on the technical details of his performance, always demanded the presence of technical advisors on set. During the surgical sequences, he wanted to make sure he used the scalpel correctly. He was also quoted to "want to convince any doctors in the audience". See more »

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Baron Frankenstein: I realized long ago that the only way to prove my theories was to make something in my laboratory that actually lived. I never told you, Hans... I succeeded once.
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Soundtracks

Bavarian Polka
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Music by Richard Adler
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Another underrated film
10 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: **1/2 out of ****

This was the first Hammer film I recall seeing as a kid, and I loved it back then. I am, admittedly, a Universal Horror addict and most probably enjoyed it because it was so much in that vein.

Now, decades later, I understand why Hammer fans dislike it: it's not what the Hammer Frankenstein series is supposed to be. Now that I've become well acquainted with all of the Hammer films I am inclined to agree somewhat...but it's still pretty good.

Peter Cushing is his reliable self as the Baron, and he seems to be given a more heroic twist this time around. The monster is not up to par, and it IS copied from the Karloffian image to some extent, but he's fun anyway.

The lab sets are fantastic, as is the music and gothic atmosphere. You can do much worse than this for a Hammer Frankenstein film (check out HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN and see).


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