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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 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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This was the final film directed by Terence Fisher before his death on June 18, 1980 at the age of 76. It was also the 29th and final Hammer film that he directed. The first was Man Bait (1952). See more »

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At c.33 and c.40 minutes the violin playing is very poorly mimed. 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 UK DVD from DD Video was originally the same as the USA R-rated print but was then corrected to reinsert the teeth clamping sequence. However, all other cuts as described above remain. The German R2 DVD, which contained an English language track, restores all of the cuts except for the small trim to the close-up of the throat wound and was, for some years, the most complete version of the film available on DVD. The film was eventually fully restored and was released on DVD in the UK in 2014. See more »

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Referenced in Sharkenstein (2016) See more »

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Cushing Is Obsessed With Artificial Life in Hammer's Goriest Film

"Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell" of 1974 is the final entry to Hammer's Frankenstein series, director Terence Fisher's last film, and arguably the goriest Hammer production (maybe along with "Scars Of Dracula" from 1971). The last Frankenstein film from Hammer is a vastly underrated, grim, eerie and excellent finale to the fantastic series, and it is fun to see how Baron Viktor Frankenstein (brilliantly played by Peter Cushing) becomes more and more insane and ruthless throughout the series. While he was just a dedicated scientist who had to use some macabre methods to achieve his goals intended for common welfare in the first features, Baron Francenstein is absolutely obsessed with the idea of resurrecting the dead, and has hardly any scruples in the pursuit of his objectives in this final feature of the Frankenstein series. Still, Frankenstein could not be described as a 'villain'. Some of his goals are still noble, he hates unnecessary cruelty, and he is certain to act in common interest of mankind. His obsessions, however have increased and become more extreme...

Doctor Simon Helder (Shane Briant) is an enthusiastic reader of the works of ingenious scientist Baron Victor Frankenstein. When he gets caught with snatched body parts, which he needs for his own attempts to create a human being, he is sentenced to imprisonment in an insane asylum, managed by an incompetent and perverted director and a bunch of sadistic guards. The only kind-hearted person in the asylum seems to be Sarah (Madleine Smith), a young woman who doesn't speak, and who is referred to as 'Angel'. Soon after Simon's arrival, however, the guards' sadistic practices are brought to an end by the mysterious Doctor Victor. And you can take a hard guess what Dr. Victor's real name is...

Peter Cushing once again delivers a wonderful performance as Baron Victor Frankenstein. Beautiful Madleine Smith also fits very well in her role of Sarah, and Shane Briant plays his role of Simon well. Observant Hammer-fans might recognize the man who plays the bodysnatcher, Patrick Throughton, for his role of Christopher Lee's vassal in "Scars Of Dracula".

"Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell" is a great, vastly underrated Horror flick that should not be missed by a Hammer-fan. The setting in the insane asylum, the typical Hammer score, photography and atmosphere and Peter Cushing's great performance make this movie a must-see for a lover of Horror. Highly recommended!


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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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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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