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The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

Unrated | | Horror | 8 May 1964 (USA)
Upon returning to his home village to continue his experimental research, the destitute Dr. Frankenstein revives his old creature, but a hypnotist wants the monster to control for himself.

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writer:

Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Cushing ... Baron Frankenstein
Peter Woodthorpe ... Zoltan
Duncan Lamont ... Chief of Police
Sandor Elès ... Hans
Katy Wild ... Beggar Girl
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Burgomaster
James Maxwell ... Priest
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ... Drunk
Anthony Blackshaw ... Policeman
David Conville ... Policeman
Caron Gardner ... Burgomaster's Wife
Kiwi Kingston ... The Creature
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Storyline

Penniless, Baron Frankenstein, accompanied by his eager assistant Hans, arrives at his family castle near the town of Karlstaad, vowing to continue his experiments in the creation of life. Fortuitously finding the creature he was previously working on, he brings it back to a semblance of life but requires the services of a mesmerist, Zoltan, to successfully animate it. The greedy and vengeful Zoltan secretly sends the monster into town to steal gold and 'punish' the burgomaster and the chief of police, which acts lead to a violent confrontation between the baron and the townspeople. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Like you've never been SHOCKED,SHOCKED,SHOCKED BEFORE! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El castigo de Frankenstein See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hammer stalwart Terence Fisher was originally slated to direct the film, but had to bow out after an automobile accident, leaving cameraman Freddie Francis at the helm. See more »

Goofs

Baron Frankenstein is defending himself from the creature by pushing him backwards with a kerosene lamp and although the lamp is leaking kerosene profusely none of it is catching fire. See more »

Quotes

Body Snatcher: [referring to a stolen body] I've got it!
Baron Frankenstein: So I observe... and so will half the county, if you don't hurry up and bring it inside!
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Alternate Versions

TV version removes some scenes from the theatrical release and features 13 minutes of additional footage starring Steven Geray, Maria Palmer, William Phipps. Specifically, the scenes added for TV prints are: the scene in which a reporter asks an old doctor why nobody wants to talk about Baron Frankenstein (the later part of this scene is intercut with shots of the deafmute young woman, who IS part of the movie as originally filmed: the two men watch her and talk about her, but do not interact with her); the flashback scene showing the little girl being traumatized by the monster, becoming deaf and mute as a result (only his feet are shown); and the present-day scene in which the girl's father, now a drunken wreck, is told that psychological help may be able to overcome her muteness. These scenes are inserted into the movie smoothly, via dissolves rather than rough cuts, but they add nothing other than length. None of the characters actually gets involved in the story, and nothing about them is resolved: the reporter doesn't get the scoop he's looking for, the father doesn't get his revenge against the Baron, and the deaf woman doesn't get the therapy mentioned. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Bavarian Polka
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Adler
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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User Reviews

Another underrated film
10 October 2000 | by mord39See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: **1/2 out of ****

This was the first Hammer film I recall seeing as a kid, and I loved it back then. I am, admittedly, a Universal Horror addict and most probably enjoyed it because it was so much in that vein.

Now, decades later, I understand why Hammer fans dislike it: it's not what the Hammer Frankenstein series is supposed to be. Now that I've become well acquainted with all of the Hammer films I am inclined to agree somewhat...but it's still pretty good.

Peter Cushing is his reliable self as the Baron, and he seems to be given a more heroic twist this time around. The monster is not up to par, and it IS copied from the Karloffian image to some extent, but he's fun anyway.

The lab sets are fantastic, as is the music and gothic atmosphere. You can do much worse than this for a Hammer Frankenstein film (check out HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN and see).


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