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Frankenstein 1970 (1958)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 20 July 1958 (USA)
Needing money, the last of the Frankensteins leases his castle out to a film company as he tries to complete his ancestor's gruesome experiments at creating life.

Director:

Howard W. Koch

Writers:

Richard H. Landau (screenplay) (as Richard Landau), Charles A. Moses (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Baron Victor von Frankenstein
Tom Duggan Tom Duggan ... Mike Shaw
Jana Lund ... Carolyn Hayes
Don 'Red' Barry ... Douglas Row (as Donald Barry)
Charlotte Austin ... Judy Stevens
Irwin Berke Irwin Berke ... Inspector Raab
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Wilhelm Gottfried
Norbert Schiller ... Shuter
John Dennis ... Morgan Haley
Mike Lane ... Hans Himmler / The Monster
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Storyline

Baron Victor Von Frankenstein has fallen on hard times; he was tortured at the hands of the Nazis for not cooperating with them during World War II and he is now badly disfigured. As his family's wealth begins to run out, the Baron is forced to allow a TV crew shooting a documentary on his monster-making ancestors to film at his castle in Germany. However, the Baron has some ideas of his own: using the money from the crew's rent he buys an atomic reactor and uses it to create a hulking monster, transplanting his butler's brain into the thing and using it to kill off the crew for more spare parts. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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The One...The Only KING OF MONSTERS as the new demon of the atomic age!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein 1960 See more »

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Budget:

$110,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The producer had hoped to have this film released through Warner Bros. It was eventually released by the poverty row distributor Allied Artists (formally Monogram). Fifty years later, this film would be owned by Warner Bros. who would release it on home video on their own label. See more »

Goofs

When Doctor Frankenstein is waving the scissors in front of Shuter in order to hypnotize him, the scissors are moving up and down in front of Shuter. When the camera is focused on Frankenstein, his hand is moving forward and back. See more »

Quotes

Baron Victor von Frankenstein: [to Mike Shaw] This castle is filled with rare, old treasures.
[Putting his hand on his shoulder in a condescending fashion]
Baron Victor von Frankenstein: Feel free to browse, my friend.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Stinker only of interest to Karloff fans
28 December 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Lesser Boris Karloff horror picture, notable for being the first time he played an actual member of the Frankenstein family. In his earlier (better) Frankenstein movies, he played either the monster or a non-Frankenstein scientist. This movie and the later Mad Monster Party are, I believe, the only times he played an actual Frankenstein. The story has Karloff playing Baron Victor von Frankenstein, descendant of the Frankenstein that caused all that trouble way back when. The good Baron, disfigured by Nazis during WWII, is in dire financial straits and needs money to continue his own experiments. Ask what kind of experiments and I'll look at you funny. To make some money the Baron allows a horror movie to be shot at Castle Frankenstein. Soon things are getting a little crazy and members of the film crew are being killed off by the Baron for reasons that should be pretty to predict.

Karloff always stood out in his horror films but here he plays to the rafters, no doubt overcompensating for the talky and dull script. Rudolph Anders is good as his friend and Don "Red" Barry does a decent job as the Carl Denham-esque movie director. There are a couple of pretty ladies around as well. Two of the better scenes are fake-outs that turn out to be scenes for the movie-within-a-movie. Perhaps if this movie had been more like that one it would have been more fun. As it is, it's a pretty dreary affair that drags on and on. The effects are poor and the monster, when it actually does something, is laughable. Basically this movie is a slow death by words. Only recommendable to Karloff completists.


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