Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed Reviews

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May 15, 2015
Another decent Frankenstein story, it's just isn't the most refreshing. Thrilling, but it has a long run-time compared to the other Hammer 'stein films and the pacing is pretty slow. Frankenstein gets pushed from being anti-hero to villain which works to some effect but hurts the character. Some good concepts, while also having a satisfactory ending.
½ November 12, 2014
franchise grinds 2 a stop here.
½ October 22, 2014
Hammer's first Frankenstein picture already played fast and loose with Mary Shelley's source material, but several sequels on, it's amazing to see how far apart the two stories (and particularly the title character) have diverged.

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.
½ August 2, 2013
The best entry to the Hammer Frankenstein series besides The Curse of Frankenstein.
March 17, 2009
From Hammer Productions, comes the 5th Frankenstein film in their series of 7. But, this one is significant as it doesn't have a monster as such, and the monster within this film is the creator himself, who seems to have gone way too far with his experiments. It's a typical Hammer Horror film, but also a suspenseful one and an exciting one, which is also blessed with a good British cast. This one has Baron Victor Frankenstein (Peter Cushing), now on the run from the authorities and living under aliases, getting a job at an insane asylum, and blackmailing a young couple Dr. Karl Holst (Simon Ward) and Anna (Veronica Carlson), who have been stealing medical drugs from the asylum, into using the basement of their house for his experiments. Which regards the mentally ill Dr. Brandt (George Pravda), Frankenstein plans to perform the first brain transplantation ever, which will ensure Dr. Brandt can live in another man's body, but as usual nothing goes to plan, especially when Brandt's widow (Maxine Audley) comes calling. It's dated a bit since it was first released, but in terms of production, it's one of the best Hammers for set design, (it looks like they pushed the boat out with this one.) Peter Cushing shows off an evil streak, and is complimented by a great cast including Thorley Walters, Geoffrey Bayldon and Freddie Jones.
½ February 1, 2013
Baron Frankenstein has taken up shop in a small boarding house in England after being driven out of his homeland, where he proceeds to blackmail a promising young medical student into helping him with his diabolical designs. Frankenstein hopes to transplant the brain of an old colleague, Dr. Brandt, into a fresh new body to clear his mind of the debilitating disease which has driven him mad so that he may steal Brandt's secrets, but the revived doctor will have no part in Frankenstein's evil plan! Terence Fisher turns out another Gothic masterpiece in FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, the fifth installment from Hammer's thrilling horror series! Here, the baron takes a sinister turn for the worst under the controlled guidance of Peter Cushing, who gives his best performance in the series. It is this vile take on the character for which he is most often remembered. Cushing is given strong support by Simon Ward as his unwilling apprentice and especially by Freddie Jones as the unfortunate Dr. Brandt. The scene in which the recently revived Brandt is rejected by his horrified widow strikes a devastating blow to the viewer's emotion. As always, Fisher delivers many artful touches along the way, despite the smaller production. It all ends in a fiery finale, which should have served as a fitting end for our wayward doctor before the series could begin to fall into decline. FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED is in top contention with FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN as being the strongest sequel in the series, and one of Hammer's finest films.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
November 18, 2012
As a whole the film really doesn't feel very consistent. I couldn't quite fathom Dr Frankenstein's embrace on evil... The rape scene was irrelevant and I'm still quite confused as to why Frankenstein actually transferred the brain to another body to then repair it, why not just remove the insanity when it was in the original body! Overall though it just felt off kilter for a Frankenstein movie, but it had its moments!
July 25, 2012
One of Hammers better Frankenstein films, this time it is not Mary Shelleys book being ripped off again, its an original tale of Peter Cushing trying to swap brains in bodies to bring his dead pal back to life, but he is not that happy being brought back. Peter Cushing is brilliant in this and it is rare to see him playing such a cold hearted person. Simon Ward who sadly passed away last week is also very good. Great Hammer Classic.
½ March 18, 2012
Another brain transplant one. Only this time, the good Baron is pretty odious. He blackmails Anna and Karl in order to get access to Prof. Richter. But Karl is a real jerk. A drug dealer who needs no encouragement to turn into a cold blooded killer. Poor Prof. Richter is driven insane, killed, brought back to life, cured of his insane brain glitch and then stabbed and then burned up in a fire. Anna does not fare any better, but she should have learned how to saddle up a carriage, is all I am saying. The police are hot on these idiot's trail the entire movie. Thorley Walters, once again, gives his Wizard of Oz bumbling performance as the sole comic relief. The monster, per se, is a real let down. Still Cushing really shines with his arrogant scowl.
December 31, 2011
First Frankenstein Created Woman & now this movie which I'm currently watching for the umpteenth time. What an excellent way to start off a Halloween weekend!
October 29, 2010
First Frankenstein Created Woman & now this movie which I'm currently watching for the umpteenth time. What an excellent way to start off a Halloween weekend!
October 19, 2011
Peter Cushing does such a wonderful job of playing Frankenstein as a complete and utterly deplorable but horribly charming character. It's a tricky balance, and almost unfortunately because he always manages to outshine the creature in these films. But, hey, he's fun to watch so whatever.
Super Reviewer
May 10, 2010
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a close second for my favorite Hammer Frankenstein movie (Curse of Frankenstein being my favorite.) Peter Cushing strips any and all sympathy you may ever have had for Baron Frankenstein and his scientific quest while Hammer kind of reinvents the Frankenstein legend. The last half hour of this movie and what they do with the monster is pure genius and all but forgives the plot holes (like a rape scene with the sole purpose of seeing Veronica Carlson in a nightgown that seems all but forgotten) of the first hour. Not to mention the total vacuousness of Carlson and Simon Ward's characters. But that opening that establishes Frankenstein in the run and the scene with him berating the other boarders? Magnificent...!
½ September 17, 2010
The best of the Hammer/Frankenstein series.Peter Cushing at his most sinister.The Baron is the true monster of this film,going to any length to continue his experiments.Destroying the lives of all who cross his path,as he descends further into madness.
July 12, 2010
ah, a classic Hammer. Sadly, minus Chris Lee.
April 24, 2010
This time out Peter Cushing is out to find the secrete to live itself. The only problem is that it's in the mind of a colleague who's gone mad. Cushing must cure him of his insanity but must preform a brain transplant beforehand. Frankenstein is a real son of a bitch in this 5th Hammer outing & shows little respect to Anna snapping for her to make coffee or breakfast or just giving her an old time rape. It's all about Frankenstein's wants & primal needs that it's hard to get behind the sinister doctor even though this is just as good as other Frankenstein outings.
½ February 20, 2010
the fifth hammer Franknestein film is a well put together instalment into the series. Cushing is brilliant in his reprisal of Baron Frankenstein ( he is just perfect as the villian you love to hate). What i found most impressive about this film is the fact most horror film series get really pahethic by this stage however in the case of this film its quite the oppostie. the acting , cinemia photography, and scripting are flawless. 4/5
August 3, 2009
El Dr Frankenstein mas malvado y el monstruo mas humanizado de la saga
July 27, 2009
Last great from Terence Fisher.
½ May 28, 2009
t is always difficult to make a fair and accurate assessment of a Hammer horror production, particularly one with the superlative quality of this particular work. ?Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed' is something of a change in pace for the series as Frankenstein himself appears to have fallen into madness rather than practicing misunderstood and unethical medicine as in the previous instalments. His methods are still unethical, that cannot be debated, but there is a noticeable emphasis this time around on the Baron's work being for his own advancement rather than for the benefit of man. Although the typical self-promoting dialogue from Frankenstein would indicate that he is attempting the surgery for the benefit of mankind, there is an undoubted distinction between the Frankenstein of this movie and the ones of the past. This new direction for the character is coupled with a monstrous personality that continually dictates that nobody matters as long as the Baron gets what he desires. Frankenstein is willing to go to any lengths necessary in order to accomplish his goal and his pure focus towards his goal only wanes a mere couple of times. The Baron's deterioration into lunacy is exceedingly well portrayed during a particularly violent (but short) rape sequence. The intensity on Cushing's face adds to the believability of the scene and the image is so powerful that it could linger in the viewers mind and give the movie a new, raw and brutal edge. Peter Cushing is able to adapt his style of acting to fit the new persona of the Baron and offers a remarkably visceral performance rather than the calculated performances of the past. As with almost every movie that Cushing participated in, his on-screen presence is powerful and commanding and this alerts the viewer to the necessity of paying attention to his character.

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'
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