Baron Frankenstein, with the aid of a young doctor and his fiancée, kidnaps the mentally sick Dr. Brandt in order to perform the first brain transplant operation.


Terence Fisher


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


Baron Frankenstein travels to a new town to meet Dr. Brandt with whom his has been corresponding and with whom he had hoped to collaborate. He arrives however to learn that Brandt is in a mental institution, having lost his mind completely. He takes a room in a boarding house run by the pretty young Anna who just happens to be engaged to Karl, a doctor who works at the asylum where Dr. Brandt is being kept. When Frankenstein learns that Karl has been stealing drugs, he blackmails him and Anna to work as his assistants. He is desperate to learn a secret that Brandt was going to share with him and kidnaps him with the intent of extracting that secret by transplanting his brain into another body. Written by garykmcd

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

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Did You Know?


During filming, Peter Cushing and Veronica Carlson gave an on set interview. When the interviewer referred to Cushing making yet another "Hammer" horror film, the actor pretended to burst into tears and this created some laughter. See more »


Between Anna being stabbed and her fiancé finding her, the position of the scalpel changes. See more »


Professor Richter: I fancy that I am the spider and you are the fly, Frankenstein.
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Alternate Versions

A scene was filmed of Baron Frankenstein raping Anna. Both Terence Fisher and Peter Cushing were very uncomfortable with the scene. This scene was included in the U.S. release version which increased its running time to 101 minutes. See more »


Referenced in A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973) See more »

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because in the temporary absence of his fiancée he could
11 January 2007 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This is one of the most vigorous of the Hammer productions and features Peter Cushing being uncharacteristically nasty. Even though some of his transplant theories have a certain logic he remains mean and unpleasant throughout with the (again uncharacteristic) rape scene adding icing to the already surprisingly (and ironically) nihilist cake. All the rest of Cushing's violence is aimed at 'getting the job done' but the rape, preceded by it's sexy build is a seeming sideswipe justified simply because in the temporary absence of his fiancée he could. Well dressed, surprisingly well paced and eventful. Not your ponderous Hammer production at all, rather as if its some impostor. Well worth catching.

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11 February 1970 (USA) See more »

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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed See more »


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