Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor, Karl and his fiancée Anna, they kidnap the mentally sick Dr. Brandt, to perform the ... See full summary »
In 18th-century England, the Royal Crown sends Royal Navy Captain Collier and his crew to investigate reports of illegal smuggling and bootlegging in a coastal town where locals believe in Marsh Phantoms.
Peter Graham Scott
When Castle Dracula is exorcised by the Monsignor, it accidentally brings the Count back from the dead. Dracula follows the Monsignor back to his hometown, preying on the holy man's beautiful niece and her friends.
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
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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 »
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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