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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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Horror

Certificate:

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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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Trivia

The first of eight films in which Freddie Francis would direct Peter Cushing. See more »

Goofs

It was "too risky" for Frankenstein and Hans to go to the chateau but they do so anyway after finding thawing out the creature. Apparently they had to regardless of the risks to get to his equipment so he could work on the creature. See more »

Quotes

Baron Frankenstein: [upon discovering a hanged effigy of himself inside his ransacked home] Why can't they leave me alone? Why can't they *ever* leave me alone?
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Alternate Versions

The murder of the Burgomaster was toned down by the BBFC for the original UK cinema version. See more »

Connections

Followed by Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

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