A dead and frozen Baron Frankenstein is re-animated by his colleague Dr. Hertz proving to him that the soul does not leave the body on the instant of death. His lab assistant, young Hans, is found guilty of murdering the local pub owner with whom he had an argument where he foolishly swore to kill the man and Frankenstein acquires his body immediately after the execution. Hans had been quite friendly with the dead man's daughter Christina who returns just in time to see him guillotined. Distraught, she commits suicide and is brought back to life by the good Doctor but with Hans' brain replacing her own. As memories return to her - Hans' memories in fact - she sets out to pursue and kill those responsible for having sent him to his death.Written by
When Baron Frankenstein is removed from his cryogenic frozen state, his assistant Dr. Hertz (Thorley Walters) easily moves his arms away from his chest, even though they should be frozen in place until thawed out. See more »
I want to celebrate your safe return. Hans, the brandy.
Oh, no thank you, no. I know your brandy. But, a glass of champagne would be very welcome.
Oh, champagne? Do you think I'd drink that stuff if I could afford champagne?
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With this, Hammer's fourth Frankenstein film, the director Terence Fisher took a more philosophical approach to the proceedings. The film deals with some fairly hefty issues, such as the existence of souls and their substance, the nature of personality and the effects of trauma upon the psyche. Fisher weaves these elements around a tale of love and revenge.
Instead of some crazed monster roaming around destroying things (and people) we see the delightful Susan Denberg portraying the "creation". Because she is visibly more human than Frankenstein's other creations, the audience therefore builds a greater sympathy for her and her situation than would otherwise be possible. Although Denberg was not a professional actress she deals well with the demands placed upon her and her transformation from disabled waitress to disabling beauty is convincing.
Peter Cushing is on fine form (as ever) as the Baron, helped in his experiments by Thorley Walters. The supporting cast all do well with their roles, the script is good and the atmosphere very gothic (as you would expect). The only real shock is the ending, which is incredibly understated.
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