Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell Reviews

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March 29, 2014
From Hammer, this was their seventh and final Frankenstein film they made, after an attempt to reboot the franchise with The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) was an outright failure, they got Peter Cushing back, and Hammer veteran Terrence Fisher back to direct it. It should have revived Hammer's fortunes, but it helped to kill this once great studio. Shame really. Simon Helder (Shane Briant) is a young doctor who has admired the works of Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) for years, but after Helder is arrested and detained in an asylum for body snatching, he meets the asylum's chief surgeon, who happens to be Frankenstein himself, now living under a new identity. He takes on Helder as his new apprentice, but Frankenstein has more sinister motives, he's been killing off the patients, and using their body parts for his latest experiment, the body of Herr Schneider (Dave Prowse), an inmate who attempted suicide but has been kept alive by Frankenstein. However, it's not long before Schneider escapes. It has some good moments, and it's good to see Cushing back doing Frankenstein, but it had a troubled production, Fisher was ill during the production recovering from a car crash, and the film's release was delayed for two years when EMI dropped out of distributing it. But, it's not as bad as you might remember.
September 8, 2013
A rather lacklustre finish to Cushings era of Frankenstein films. He and a young apprentice go about their business in a mental asylum.
½ January 31, 2013
Upon being imprisoned for bodysnatching and sorcery, a young surgeon learns that his esteemed mentor, the great Victor Frankenstein, is alive and well, and has been practicing his dark arts from within the prison walls as Dr. Carl Victor. Together, the pair manage to successfully transplant the brilliant mind of a scholar into the body of a murderous brute, but the body of the beast begins to take over its mind as it strikes off on a bloody rampage! Peter Cushing returns to the role of Baron Frankenstein in Hammer's sixth and final entry into the famed Horror series. Here, the character has taken a surprisingly modest turn that lacks the snide sense of superiority that defined Cushing's earlier performances. Cushing is in fine form, as always, and makes a grand entrance as he comes to the aid of young Simon. The plot, at this point, is quite derivative of the earlier films, but that makes it no less entertaining. Despite the shabbiness of the costume and an immovable facial apparatus, David Prowse manages to act through the make-up with his emotive gesturing and body language. FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL does bear the mark of Hammer's later films unfortunately, which attempted to exploit sex and gore in order to appeal to the changing tastes of the time. This film features the most graphic scenes in the series as a result, including a particularly nasty brain transplant and several bloody murders. As his last Horror film, however, Terence Fisher still retains many of the traditional Gothic trappings that gave him such success throughout the years. A lesser accomplishment in the series, to be sure, FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL is still a worthwhile entry for any fan of Gothic Horror.
March 18, 2012
Now this is the stuff! A real good filthy one. Not only is the good Baron treating the criminally insane in a dirty prison, but he is blackmailing the warden and using the inmates as his only personal body farm. Along comes the uppity Shane Briant as Dr. Helder, who has been convicted of the same sort of arrogant grave robbing organ harvesting. Why these ghouls rely upon town drunkards, I will never understand. Madeline Smith plays the Angel, who does not talk, just looks longingly at the various scenery keeping her bosoms well covered. Still what a fetching young girl! Darth Vader plays the monster ape man with the rotting brain of a math professor. Bad things happen. Mainly to the monster. The ending is one of the best in the series.
½ October 15, 2008
Hey I just noticed David Prowse was in this! I thought there was something very familiar about the Monster. I wonder if this had any baring on Lucas's casting of both him & Peter Cushing in Star Wars. I wasn't too overwelmed when I had watched Frankenstein & the Monster from a Hell a few years ago during SHOCKTOBER & that is because I felt the Monster was just sorta a big hairy oaf but I sorta look @ Hammer Frankenstein movies differently in comparison to the classic Universal ones. The Universal ones I now watch for that great grease paint design & Dr Frankenstein sorta takes a back seat. The Hammer ones are really more about Peter Cushing as Dr Frankenstein. If you take them in w/ those context in mind they're more enjoyable. Worth a look but be sure it's the R rated version because old VHS of this are cut
November 11, 2006
solid final entry. Only get the dutch import. It includes the infamouse vein in mouth scene missing for ever.
December 7, 2008
Probably more famous for the edited scene!
½ November 16, 2008
The is the first Hammer version of Frankenstein I have ever seen, and it's the last they made. The monster isn't really the star in this one. Peter Cushing as Dr. Victor is the most important character. The monster itself isn't very impressive, but there is something unsettling about him. He seems less a man wearing a rubber suit, and more a man wearing the skin of someone else. With his big immovable lips and dark sunken eyes, he would've been wonderful in a silent film.

The story is pretty familiar, only in this instance it all takes place within the walls of a lunatic asylum. You quickly start to wonder if some of the inmates aren't more sane than the people running the place.

Other than the somewhat distracting nature of the weird monster suit (and even that has its charm) I really enjoyed this movie.
Super Reviewer
½ July 4, 2007
Dr Frankenstein has buried his old identity and is now working at an asylum where he basically has complete control and harvests the inmates for their body parts so that he may continue his ghastly experiments on reanimation with the help of an ambitious doctor who has been institutionalised. Using pieces from the asylum's most promising inmates, Frankenstein patches up a horrific brute of a monster who is as sad and tortured as he is grotesque.

Hammer's last Frankenstein film is arguably one of the best of their final years. Director Terence Fisher was back at the helm for one last crack before retiring. Peter Cushing ( sporting a bad wig here) was back in his most famous role. And as usual, Hammer provided a good supporting cast as well as some tight script writing. So the stage was set to give the Frankenstein series one last big hurrah and for the most part, it works completely. The film is a true sequel which is good, as elements from the previous films are incorporated (either for a little in-joking or for plot developments including Frankenstein being burned at the end of Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed) to allow for newer developments to make way. Unlike the Dracula series, one of the strengths of the Frankenstein series was to re-invent itself and look original in every instalment (despite the plots being almost the same). At no point here do you feel like you've been here before and it's all seemingly original material we're given. Logical progression of the story has made Frankenstein more evil and murderous in each instalment and finally Fisher decides to go the full distance and relish the fact that the previously-sane-although-corrupt scientist is now simply a mad killer who doesn't realise the futility of what he's doing. Credit must be given to Cushing as well because his performance verges on the sane/insane and at times you don't know which side of the line he's treading. It's a fitting finale for Cushing in his best cinematic role, even though he could have slept-acted the part now. Shane Briant as his assistant is also pretty good and reminds the viewer of how Frankenstein used to be: a little cold, naive but intelligent and ruthless nonetheless. Dave Prowse plays the part of the monster and through his mannerisms, he manages to turn the creature into a sympathetic and pitiful monster. For the first time, Hammer decided to actually go with an out-and-out monster instead of just some guy with a big head and big boots. That's maybe one of the reasons why so many people dislike this entry. Albeit the suit isn't particularly convincing but it's still believable if you remember this is a mixture of about 60 body parts from different people - it ain't gonna be perfect folks. Gore was upped in the later Hammer films and there are plenty of surgical pleasantries here, with no less a brain transplant revealed in all of it's shocking power. Depending on what version you get, some parts may be censored ( this cuts my rating down half a star since the US DVD is the cut version. Try to find the old laser disc from Japan to see the uncut version) And like the rest of the Hammer films, it wouldn't be a Frankenstein film without the finale where the monster does meet it's maker (but not before a classic Hammer moment where the creature is digging graves during a lightning storm).

To sum up here. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell is an excellent finale to the Frankenstein series and that's because everyone from the director to the actors to the guys who makes the coffee seem to be on top form here. Check it out.
September 24, 2008
love watching these old movies
½ February 13, 2007
hammer studio's seem tired in this one and Peter Cushing saved them with a good performance but even him seemed tired well he was a lot older than when he did the first one in 1957
October 1, 2006
Not interested. I generally avoid horror movies.
October 11, 2007
Hammer's last entry in the Frankenstein series, sees the good Baron operating from within a lunatic asylum, and creating a monster from the corpse of an inmate and the brain of a mad professor. The formula might have started to wear a bit thin in this film, but it is all carried off with considerable visual flair. Shane Briant impresses as a young disciple of the increasingly barmy Baron. Terence Fisher's final film as a director
September 23, 2007
This horror tale is a lot of fun and moves quickly along. Peter Cushing dominates the cast as the always confident Dr. Frankenstein.
June 1, 2007
Watchable only for the presence of the adorable Madeline Smith.
½ May 25, 2007
One of my favorite Hammer films. Love to see the uncut version!
December 27, 2006
I love the old horrors.... Peter cushing and christopher lee were the gods of horror back then and i think they always will be..
December 8, 2006
I don't really have anything positive to say about this movie, so I will just leave it at that.
October 15, 2006
I'm not a fan of Frankenstien Films.
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