Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed Reviews
Foregoing the return of the original Creature (as was tradition for Universal's various "Frankenstein" sequels), Cushing-- in top form-- is the returning element each time, delving into some new forbidden science and defying nature (and moral good sense) in the process. He's a monster through and through, although "Destroyed" benefits greatly from a solid helping of sardonic, biting wit from the mad Doctor that elevates it from the sometimes-stuffy period drama feel of "The Curse of Frankenstein."
The story is severely marred, though, by a completely out-of-place rape scene included at the behest of Hammer executives, seemingly out of some misguided need to be "edgy" or "provocative." There's no repercussions or effect on the characters, it's not mentioned or referenced, and it was included against the wishes of director Terrence Fisher and both actors involved in the scene. It provides shock value and nothing more.
Things sort of fall apart a bit in the end, with the final act feeling heavy on incident but light on meaning or motivation but all in all, this it's exciting, scary stuff in the grand Hammer tradition.
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The film follows the archetypal pattern for Hammer horrors. The film starts off powerfully with two predominantly memorable sequences, the most sensational of which is the entrance of the diabolical Baron when he terrifies a petty thief. From there, the film moves towards the mechanics of the Baron's actions and his resolution to accomplish all that he seeks out to undertake. It is during this `mid-section' of the film that everything slows down while the emphasis is no longer on scares or action. However, through some very proficient direction from Terence Fisher the pacing and structure of this movie almost makes ?Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed' pre-eminent when compared to other movies of the era. Without a shadow of a doubt, ?Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed' should be held in the highest echelon of excellence within the Hammer family if only for its superb composition alone. The movie ends with an exhilarating climax yet the viewer could feel cheated by the abrupt nature in which the film ends. The hasty ending is one of the few faults in this movie but in retrospect serves the series well as it does leave certain questions unanswered. The other faults with the movie are so intermittent that although they are noticeable, they rarely detract from the viewing experience. Having said that, there are a couple of scenes which seem to be unnecessarily prolonged which temporarily obstruct the otherwise smooth, flowing feel that the movie has. These scenes represent the very few moments where a viewer could temporarily lose their concentration on the movie. However, even considering the prolonged nature of the scenes in question, one cannot fault the pacing of the movie as Terence Fisher's direction shows impressive capability and he makes these scenes fit into the movie almost seamlessly.
Even with the sporadic lapses in quality ?Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed' is fundamental viewing for any serious horror movie fan. This is a movie based around great performances, stunning visuals, a haunting and atmospheric soundtrack as well as quintessential Hammer-style horror. My rating for ?Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed'