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Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 12 June 1974 (USA)
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Baron Frankenstein works with a mental patient to reanimate the dead.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writer:

Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Baron Frankenstein
Shane Briant ... Simon
Madeline Smith ... Sarah
David Prowse ... Monster (as Dave Prowse)
John Stratton ... Asylum Director
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Transvest
Elsie Wagstaff ... Wild One
Norman Mitchell ... Police Sergeant
Clifford Mollison ... Judge
Patrick Troughton ... Bodysnatcher
Philip Voss ... Ernst
Christopher Cunningham Christopher Cunningham ... Hans (as Chris Cunningham)
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Professor Durendel (as Charles Lloyd-Pack)
Lucy Griffiths Lucy Griffiths ... Old Hag
Bernard Lee ... Tarmut
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Last of the Hammer Frankenstein films, this one deals with the Baron hiding out in an insane asylum, so that he may continue his experiments with reanimating the dead, along with inmate Dr. Helder, who has been institutionalized for conducting such experiments. Written by Humberto Amador

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His brain came from a genius. His body came from a killer. His soul came from hell! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Performed poorly at the box office. Film historians cite the transition into more visceral and psychological horror over the so-called "creature features" as an important reason for it's failure. Moviegoers wanted a new brand of terror, "and it was 38-year old William Friedkin that gave it to them with The Exorcist (1973), and not 70-year old Terence Fisher". See more »

Goofs

After extracting the Professor's brain, Dr. Frankenstein holds it upside down. However, seconds later when he places it in a vat, it's right side up. See more »

Quotes

Baron Victor Frankenstein aka Dr. Carl Victor: [after operating eyeballs onto the creature] Now, in approximately one hour, when the narcosis wears off... we shall see.
Simon Helder: [jokingly] Let's hope it's he who sees!
Baron Victor Frankenstein aka Dr. Carl Victor: ..."he who sees"?
Simon Helder: Sorry...
Baron Victor Frankenstein aka Dr. Carl Victor: [begins to laugh maniacally] "He who sees"! I like that!
Simon Helder: I didn't think it was that funny, I must say...
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Alternate Versions

The USA Paramount DVD is the cut R-Rated version and is missing the following:
  • the second close-up of Tarmut's severed hands
  • when the severed hands are sewn back on the monster the entire footage of Cushing helping out Shane Briant by gripping the severed arteries between his teeth is missing
  • the side view of the monster's eye being pushed back in its socket is missing and a reaction shot of Madeline Smith inserted to maintain the soundtrack
  • the gushing of blood from the director's throat wound is slightly adbridged
  • about 4s are removed from the monster's demise including inmates stamping on bits of his flesh.
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Hammer's most gruesome production?
17 May 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

The last entry in Hammer's legendary Frankenstein cycle by far isn't the best one, but it probably is the most appealing chapter to enthusiast horror buffs due to the excessive use of blood and ugly make-up effects. "Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell" is the direct successor of "Frankenstein must be destroyed", since Jimmy Sangster's "Horror of Frankenstein" introduced a different lead-actor (Ralph Bates) and repeated the initial premise of the infamous baron. Terence Fisher's grand finale is set entirely in a mental asylum where good old Peter Cushing continues his deviant experiments undercover. He changed his name to Dr. Viktor and receives help from a gifted new-arrival who got convicted for committing the exact same sorcery-crimes (although Frankenstein considers it science). In their private asylum-chambers, the doctors create new life using the brains and body parts of unfortunate patients of the asylum. Although good campy fun nonetheless, this film slightly disappoints compared to its predecessors. I feel like Fisher could have used the grim asylum setting much better and even Cushing's characters isn't as 'evil' as it was in the other films. Simon Helder – Frankenstein's partner in crime – is entirely listless and Madeline Smith doesn't do much either, aside from looking really cute. The monster doesn't evoke feelings of fright and he actually looks more like a fugitive cast-member of the "Planet of the Apes"-series. On the other hand, you could say that this installment is one of the better since the scenery is raw and the monster is more repellent looking. There are some really nasty killings in this film and the medical experiments are extremely graphic (a gratuitous brain-transplant, anyone?). Purely talking trivia, this also is an interesting film as it was Terence Fisher's last directing achievement. This great director easily was one of the genre's most important icons, with on his repertoire most films of both the Frankenstein and Dracula franchises as well as some other milestones like "The Devil Rides Out" and "The Mummy". His last film (Fisher passed away in 1980) is great entertainment and nothing more.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein et le monstre de l'enfer See more »

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Budget:

GBP137,200 (estimated)
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Hammer Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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