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
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 »
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 »
because in the temporary absence of his fiancée he could
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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