The Revenge of Frankenstein Film Details
Overview: Having escaped execution and assumed an alias, Baron Frankenstein transplants his deformed underling’s brain into a perfect body, but the effectiveness of the process and the secret of his identity soon begin to unravel.
Tagline: We Dare You To See It! We Double-Dare You To Forget It!
Review: Is there anything more entertaining for a lover of Gothic Horror and cult-cinema than the macabre and ingenious Frankenstein films from Hammer? I don’t think so, and this second entry to Hammer’s brilliant cycle starring the immortal Peter Cushing is yet another reason why I can watch all of Hammer’s gems about the obsessed Baron over and over again. I am a great Hammer fan in general, and love both the great Dracula cycle starring Chrstopher Lee as the eponymous villain, and the Frankenstein cycle with Peter Cushing. Yet if I had to choose between the two, I would give the Frankenstein series my preference. Even though all the Frankenstein films had the same premise about the ingenious Baron who is obsessed with resurrecting the dead and creating new life, the sequels never ran short of brilliantly macabre new ideas. The film starts off in 1860, when Baron Victor Frankenstein is lead to the guillotine for the acts committed by a monster of his creation. As we know, however, Frankenstein is far too brilliant to fall victim to a hangman… I will not carry on with a plot description since I do not wanna spoil anything to those who haven’t seen the film, but I can assure that this second entry to the brilliant series is an absolute must-see for my fellow Hammer-fans. Baron Victor Frankenstein is insanely obsessed with the creation of a new human being, and he has no scruples whatsoever to achieve his goals. Yet he could not possibly be described as a villain, as he does what he does in the strong belief of doing what’s necessary the good of mankind. I am not sure whether this is the same with all the viewers, but I personally can’t help but sympathize and identify with Baron Frankenstein in these films (except for “Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed” of 1969, the second-to-last of the Hammer Frankensteins with Cushing, in which he is truly evil). Even though their repertoire includes many masterpieces, and as versatile as they all are, the great Horror icons in film are mostly immortal due to a few certain roles. The brilliant and versatile Boris Karloff will always be most avidly remembered for the role of the monster in James Whale’s masterpieces “Frankenstein” (1931) and the even superior sequel “Bride Of Frankenstein” (1935). Even though his repertoire includes greater films (“White Zombie”), Bela Lugosi owes most of his fame to Tod Browning’s “Dracula (1931). As Roger Corman’s brilliant Edgar Allan Poe Cycle is to Vincent Price, and Hammer’s Dracula series to Christopher Lee, Hammer’s Frankenstein cycle is what gives the great Peter Cushing immortality. Cushing starred in many outstanding Horror masterpieces, in many ingenious roles (films such as “The Flesh And The Fiends” or “Horror Express” are just two of many examples), yet the role of Frankenstein is the one he will alway be the role he is most famous for. And for good reasons, as it is not possibly imaginable that anybody else have played the Baron with such brilliance as Cushing did. As a matter of fact, it is not possibly imaginable for anybody else to play the role at all. Actually there is one Frankenstein film from Hammer, “The Horror Of Frankenstein” in which the role was played by Ralph Bates. Bates was not generally a bad actor, but compared to Cushing, he’s an awful joke. Apart from Peter Cushing, “The Revenge Of Frankenstein” also includes a bunch of great supporting performances, especially Michael Gwynn is great in his role. Lionel Jeffries and Francis Matthews also deliver solid performances, and Eunice Greyson is good in the role of the beautiful and kind-hearted, but naive (or should I say silly) young lady. The Frankenstein films are revolutionary in many ways. They were outrageously gory for the time they were made, and while the gore may seem tame now, they still are delightfully macabre. Directed by Hammer’s most brilliant director, Terence Fisher, “The Revenge Of Frankenstein” is once again excellently photographed and has the typically eerie Hammer-atmosphere. This is not even one of the greatest films in this brilliant series (my personal favorite is the brilliant “Frankenstein Created Woman” of 1967), and yet “The Revenge Of Frankenstein” is a must-see for any lover of Gothic greatness. Highly recommended!
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English, Latin
Duration: 90 min
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
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