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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

PG-13 | | Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi | 11 February 1970 (USA)
Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor, Karl and his fiancée Anna, they kidnap the mentally sick Dr. Brandt, to perform the ... See full summary »

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Bert Batt (screenplay), Anthony Nelson Keys (from an original story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Baron Frankenstein
Veronica Carlson ... Anna Spengler
Freddie Jones ... Professor Richter
Simon Ward ... Karl
Thorley Walters ... Inspector Frisch
Maxine Audley ... Ella Brandt
George Pravda ... Doctor Brandt
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Police Doctor
Colette O'Neil Colette O'Neil ... Mad Woman
Frank Middlemass ... Guest - Plumber
George Belbin George Belbin ... Guest - Playing chess
Norman Shelley Norman Shelley ... Guest - Smoking pipe
Michael Gover Michael Gover ... Guest - Reading newspaper
Peter Copley ... Principal
Jim Collier Jim Collier ... Dr. Heidecke
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Storyline

Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor, Karl and his fiancée Anna, they kidnap the mentally sick Dr. Brandt, to perform the first brain transplantation ever. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

The good Dr. Frankenstein: more monstrous than the monsters he created. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and horror images | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein debe morir See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film marks the return of director Terence Fisher after an extended absence from Hammer productions, as his films were considered too slow and emotional by this point. Fisher has mentioned in multiple interviews (and by his daughter's admittance), that this film was his personal favourite to make, along with Horror of Dracula (1958). After directing this film and The Devil Rides Out (1968), Fisher would once again be out of the picture for a while due to several car accidents. His final Hammer film was Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974). See more »

Goofs

A crew member is visible just after the water-pipe bursts, about one hour into the movie. As Frankenstein enters the house and walks down the hallway, the camera pans across to the left, and as it does so, someone is seen disappearing quickly behind the doorway to get out of shot. See more »

Quotes

Baron Frankenstein: Had man not been given to invention and experiment, then tonight, sir, you would have eaten your dinner in a cave. You would've strewn the bones about the floor then wiped your fingers on a coat of animal skin. In fact, your lapels do look a bit greasy. Good night.
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Alternate Versions

The U.S. release version contains a scene of Baron Frankenstein raping Anna. This scene was reportedly removed from the original British release. See more »

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Great British horror film.
7 September 2005 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Peter Cushing stars as the evil Baron Frankenstein who,driven out of his homeland of Bohemia,has set up shop in an English boarding house,where he blackmails the lovely Miss Spengler,who has inherited proprietorship of the establishment from her ailing mother,and Miss Spengler's dashing young fiancé Carl into helping him with his diabolical experiments.Through Frankenstein's great good planning or great good fortune,Carl is a doctor employed at the mental hospital in which resides the infamous Dr. Brandt,Frankenstein's one time research associate and the very man Frankenstein came to England to see,now a hopeless madman.With Carl's help,Frankenstein plans to abduct Dr. Brandt and cure his insanity..."Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed" by Terence Fisher is brilliantly directed film.The script by Ben Batt is truly intelligent and Freddie Jones's creature is the most interestingly complex and well played of all the Hammer's Frankenstein monsters-indeed it is the only one to come anywhere near Mary Shelley's novel and her conception of an intelligent and literate creation come to taunt its creator for the condition inflicted on it.Give this one a look.8 out of 10.


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