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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)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the names, characters, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. 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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Bold, Brassy, and Buxom - Oh My!
12 July 2009 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

The Horror of Frankenstein is the sixth and second to last entry in their Frankenstein cycle. Many, and I mean many, revile this film as nothing to do with the other films in content, style, and acting. It is the only film that does not star Peter Cushing as the evil Baron Frankenstein. That in itself is a huge obstacle to get past. I love Cushing in everything he does. He personifies the character of the Baron with his cold, heartless, calculating mind. Cushing with Terence Fisher, the director in most of those previous Frankenstein films, always made the Baron the focal point of the film rather than the monster. This is a huge departure from the Universal cycle. Cushing's creation stayed very much in character for all of the films until the last one Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. In that film Cushing moves from that cold, heartless baron with some ethics to a womanizing, truly evil and terrifying man bent of personal pleasure as much as creating life. That film is not one of my favorites in the Hammer cycle; however, The Horror of Frankenstein takes that Victor Frankenstein and runs amuck with it in this version written and directed by the very, very talented Jimmy Sangster. Ralph Bates is that very same Baron only younger, and yes this is really just a reworking of The Curse of Frankenstein with some additional violence, a younger cast, some more graphic effects, and plenty and plenty of glorious cleavage. Bates is rather good in this role as a weaselly Baron who cares only about himself and how individuals can please him, and when they no longer can they no longer have value in his eyes except for whatever value he can place on pieces of their anatomy. Sangster defines his characters fairly well, and I enjoyed the story and the acting and the film much, much more than I had thought upon hearing so much negativity for the film. Is it as good as The Curse of Frankenstein? No way. The Revenge of Frankenstein? Nope. Any of the others - probably not though I found it more entertaining if not as good as Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed AND Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell. Sangster's direction is very typically Hammeresque and the acting follows suit with some great character performances by Bernard Archard as the brain-giver and Dennis Price chewing up scenery as the resurectionist. His lines are worth seeing almost by themselves. And how about Veronica Carlson and Kate O'Mara? I cannot think of four - I mean 2 - things that are more captivating in the film. The Horror of Frankenstin is not groundbreaking at all, and it does marshal in the beginning of the new Hammer direction of sex and bloodier violence soon to hit the screens with the likes of The Vampire Lovers and what followed. but it is not over-the-top at this point and is much better than some would have you believe. The apparatus for acid used throughout the film was very intriguing and a wonderful set piece.


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