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The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

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Scientist Victor Frankenstein builds a man from spare body parts; the monster comes alive and wreaks havoc.

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Jimmy Sangster

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Bates ... Victor Frankenstein
Kate O'Mara ... Alys
Veronica Carlson ... Elizabeth Heiss
Dennis Price ... The Graverobber
Jon Finch ... Lt. Henry Becker
Bernard Archard ... Prof. Heiss
Graham James Graham James ... Wilhelm Kassner
James Hayter ... Bailiff
Joan Rice ... Graverobber's Wife
Stephen Turner Stephen Turner ... Stephan
Neil Wilson ... Schoolmaster
James Cossins ... Dean
Glenys O'Brien Glenys O'Brien ... Maggie
Geoffrey Lumsden Geoffrey Lumsden ... Instructor
Chris Lethbridge-Baker Chris Lethbridge-Baker ... Priest (as C. Lethbridge Baker)
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Storyline

The brilliant but misunderstood scientist Frankenstein builds a man made up of a collection of spare body parts. The monster becomes alive but he has mental capabilities much below par. The monster is aggressive and wreaks havoc outside the laboratory. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horror of Frankenstein See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only Hammer "Frankenstein" film in which Peter Cushing does not appear. See more »

Goofs

When the monster first leaves the castle, it pulls the lock right out of the door. Shortly afterward it is in place again without anybody having the time to do the repair. See more »

Quotes

Victor Frankenstein: I'm going to make a person!
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Connections

Featured in The World of Hammer: The Curse of Frankenstein (1994) See more »

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First two thirds is surprisingly entertaining. After that...
13 January 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I'd heard nothing but bad things about 'Horror Of Frankenstein', but after watching it I was surprised at how entertaining it was (for the most part). The first two thirds are pretty damn good in my opinion. It's basically a remake of the first Hammer Frankenstein movie but with added humour, which in places reminded me of Stuart Gordon's 80s classic 'Re-Animator'. Ralph Bates, who was in a few Hammer movies during this period (like 'Lust For A Vampire', the disappointing sequel to 'The Vampire Lovers'), plays an intense young Frankenstein who isn't that far removed from Jeffrey Combs' Herbert West. Bates gives a strong performance and the supporting cast includes lovelies Kate O'Mara (the French governess in 'The Vampire Lovers') and Veronica Carlson, which certainly helps a lot, as well as Jon Finch ('Frenzy') and a great comic turn from Dennis Price ('Theatre Of Blood', 'Vampyros Lesbos') as an eccentric grave robber. So far so good, but unfortunately when we finally see Frankenstein's monster (played by David "Darth Vader" Prowse) it's very anticlimactic. Prowse's monster is the worst I've ever seen in any Frankenstein movie and things fall apart very quickly from then on. Oh well. Anyway, while this movie ultimately disappoints I think Bates and Price make it worth watching all the same, and O'Mara is extremely sexy as a saucy servant girl. But it must be said that 'The Horror Of Frankenstein' ties with 'Lust For A Vampire' and 'Dracula A.D. 1972' as the weakest Hammer movie I've seen to date.


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