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The Curse of Frankenstein

This British version of the [Mary Shelley] classic shocker emphasizes not so much the uncontrollable blood lust of the created monster as the clinical details whereby the crazy scientist accumulates the odd organs with which to assemble the creature.

With:
Peter Cushing Christopher Lee Hazel Court Robert Urquhart Valerie Gaunt Melvyn Hayes

This British version of the [Mary Shelley] classic shocker emphasizes not so much the uncontrollable blood lust of the created monster as the clinical details whereby the crazy scientist accumulates the odd organs with which to assemble the creature.

Story is unfolded to a priest while the infamous Baron Frankenstein is awaiting execution for multiple murders he vainly protests have been committed by his manmade monster (Christopher Lee). In the flashback he is seen as a young boy avid for scientific research and sharing with his tutor his determination to build up a human being through chemical hocus-pocus and graveyard snatchings. When their abominable purpose has been achieved, the tutor breaks off the unholy alliance.

Peter Cushing gets every inch of drama from the leading role, making almost believable the ambitious urge and diabolical accomplishment. Melvyn Hayes as the child skilfully conveys the ruthless self-possession of the embyro man.

The Curse of Frankenstein

UK

Production: Hammer. Director Terence Fisher; Producer Anthony Hinds; Screenplay Jimmy Sangster; Camera Jack Asher; Editor James Needs; Music James Bernard;; Art Director Bernard Robinson

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1957. Running time: 82 MIN.

With: Peter Cushing Christopher Lee Hazel Court Robert Urquhart Valerie Gaunt Melvyn Hayes

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