Frankenstein Created Woman Reviews
December 6, 2013
Hardly a Frankenstein movie as he's only a small cog in the story and he's gone from making monsters to beauty queens. Really just a pretty standard revenge movie that lacks bite and is only for Hammer fans. The three upper class villains are real scum and make very good baddies, but Fisher made better.
February 14, 2014
Certainly not as salacious as the title (and some advertising) suggests (e.g., no nudity), this is an OK entry from Hammer that sees Peter Cushing return as the Baron, continuing his experiments in Switzerland. His major achievement in this film is to transplant the soul of his poor assistant (guillotined after being wrongly accused of murder) into the body of the innkeeper's daughter (who commits suicide due to her lost love). She then goes on to wreak her revenge on the real killers, a trio of annoying rich boys. A little tiresome when we are stuck with unpleasant characters onscreen but with enough weird plot elements and Hammer's usual excellent production values.
August 6, 2013
Peter Cushing plays Frankenstein in another Hammer sequel that looks the part in terms of their in-house style. The story here is fairly removed from that of Mary Shelley's regeneration story, but the reawakening here works for the plot, although the revenge theme is average at best.
February 2, 2013
Using his brave new techniques, the Baron Frankenstein manages to migrate the souls of two young lovers into the same body, transforming the disfigured Christina into a beautiful woman. The two use Christina's voracious good looks as an instrument for revenge against the men that crossed them! Terence Fisher returns to direct the fourth in Hammer's FRANKENSTEIN series after Freddie Francis's slight misstep in the last. FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN is built on a tragic love story that unfolds around Hans and Christina, with Peter Cushing taking a step back behind his fellow cast members. Fisher takes long, artful strides as always in the development of his moving characters. The timely build leads up to the pair's perfectly-executed plot for revenge, which draws greatly from classic fairy tales and traditional storytelling techniques. The philosophical implications involving the existence of the soul and one's ability to transcend death also weigh heavier than in Frankenstein's other outings. Along with the fantastic performances by Thorley Walters, Robert Morris, and the ravishing Susan Denberg, FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN not only becomes one of the series' strongest sequels, but also one of Hammer's finest films!
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November 16, 2012
As a whole I didn't enjoy the concept of this film as much as the others! It was definitley an entertaining and engaging movie but just wasn't what I expected from a Frankenstein film! It touched on areas more unbelievable such as taking the soul from a dead body and transferring it... I thought the purpose of Frankenstein's experiment was the brain controlled everything, there was no soul!
October 21, 2012
This is one of the better of the many fine Hammer Horror films. Not only does it have all the regular trappings of a Hammer Horror film, rich atmosphere, fine music, excellent production design and top notch photography, it also has a very smart script that moves the Frankenstein story away from science and into more metaphysical territories, pondering questions about the nature of the soul. This one is a real Hammer classic!
October 13, 2012
The plot here is rather preposterous but it's entertaining enough.
September 2, 2012
Without a doubt the weakest and most boring of Hammer's Frankenstein franchise.
August 8, 2012
Slow burn with interesting ideas, if a little muddled. Solid acting from Cusing and a neato gothic concept/theme/setting.
March 31, 2012
I <3 Peter Cushing.
March 17, 2012
This is barely a Frankenstein movie, other than the fact that it is one of Cushing's best performances. From the moment he awakens with a bit of frost on his nose to the very end where he watches his lovely creature meet her fate, the good Baron plays his arrogant genius to the hilt. "I am a very busy man," is his clipped mantra even at his good assistant's murder trial. Seeing only the possibility to have a fresh corpse, the Baron embodies the calculating humor of the gallows. Susan Denberg is considerably more attractive as a deformed lover than the icy vessel of steely revenge. In the end, Thorley Walters and the three drunkards twist this monster movie into a revenge comedy of the grand English tradition. In that regard, good stuff. As a Frankenstein movie, not so good.
March 16, 2012
The 4th Frankenstein film made by Hammer after The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) and The Evil of Frankenstein (1964), this one touched upon a more supernatural, metaphysical aspect, and it seems to work, with a title lifted from Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman (1956). Victor Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) is working in a small town, working with Dr Hertz (Thorley Walters) and young assistant Hans Werner (Robert Morris), Frankenstein has discovered a way to harvest the souls from people's bodies. Hans is in love with Christina (Susan Denberg), whose father Herr Cleve (Alan MacNaughtan) is the local innkeeper. When Christina is taunted by thuggish dandies Anton (Peter Blythe), Johann (Derek Fowlds) and Karl (Barry Warren), who Hans stands up to. But, when the dandies murder Cleve, Hans is beheaded for it, and Christina commits suicide by drowning. Frankenstein uses Hans' body to harvest the soul, and he puts the soul into the body of Christina, who, you've guessed it, goes on a rampage after the dandies for doing this. It's a very good Hammer film which goes in a different direction to the other Frankenstein films. It's engaging with a good story, mixing an old European setting with a good revenge story throughout, it has a good cast too, made up of old regulars and new faces. It's even one of Martin Scorsese's favourite films as well.
February 14, 2012
Frankenstein Created Woman, Then vengeance followed! Decent Hammer production with heavy use of a guillotine.
November 24, 2011
Hammer's fourth Frankestein is pale and badly stitched.
November 22, 2011
Not the best in the series. Peter Cushing is great as usual and even with Hammer's top director Terence Fisher, the movie is hokey and doesn't make sense.
July 20, 2011
I was ready to turn this off pretty quickly, but gave it another chance. I've always been fascinated by genre hybrids, especially genres that shouldn't work together. Not only does this have a great Vadim-inspired title, but the first hour blends takes the concept of "sins of the father" and blends them with a Romeo and Juliet story. Eventually, when the Frankenstein ideas come into play, we get a twisted spin on Pygmalion (which I've always thought could be pilfered brilliantly for horror).
July 3, 2011
A superior entry in Hammer's Frankenstein series. One of the few of the more brutal Hammers that actually has heart.
May 10, 2010
the imperious baron imprisons the soul of a condemned man in the body of his suicidal lover, creating a vengeful swedish supermodel! it's no bride of frankenstein but it's very entertaining and seems almost quaint when u consider this came out only one year before rosemary's baby and night of the living dead. still my favorite hammer series and cushing rules as the mad doctor
May 8, 2010
Hammers 4th Frankenstein outing has Cushing working on soul transference. Frankenstein has lost all of his sinister edge in this one. No longer is he grave robbing (well he does steal one body but compared to the like of Revenge of Frankenstein the obsessed doctor is a boy scout). I find as Hammer continues in this series (although good) they seem to be missing something. In this case (as w/ others) a real monster. He surgically repairs a disfigured girl & puts another soul into her body which causes conflict as it seeks revenge. This could almost be a story of schizophrenia but rather turns into a story of retribution. It has it moments but not nearly as good as most Frankenstein movies Ive seen..& I hate the ending