The Revenge of Frankenstein Reviews
this is easy a classic.
I Like Horror Movies
Frankenstein was sentenced to death at the guillotine after creating the notorious beast; however, he escapes his sentencing and decides to move forward with perfecting his craft and building a new, perfect beast. He builds his new beast, which looks more human than the last, but suffers some of the same psychological impacts of the surgery.
"I'm not an easy man to work for."
"Few men are."
Terence Fisher, director of The Gorgon, The Phantom of the Opera (1962), The Brides of Dracula, The Curse of the Werewolf, The Hound of Baskervilles, and The Mummy (1959), delivers The Revenge of Frankenstein. The storyline for this picture is interesting and fun to watch unfold. The acting is very good and the cast delivers solid performances. The cast includes Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Eunice Gayson, and Lionel Jeffries.
"Nothing can go wrong."
"That's what you said before."
I DVR'd this picture this past Halloween off Turner Classic Movies (TCM). I was excited to see this Peter Cushing film and found his performance solid but the movie a bit stale and the beast disappointing (too conventional). Overall, this is above average but nothing special. I wouldn't go out of my way to see this picture.
"He buried his own body."
Grade: C+/B- (6.5)
Great acting, sets, story and design bring together a well thought out tale that manages to be the classic story we all know so well and yet sheds the standards to bring about another look at the monster and the madman behind him.
Cushing's character isn't outwardly evil or bad, he's just driven to create the living from the dead. Unfortunately, he's swapped a brain from a sickly body to a healthy one, which works out well at first, but quickly the healthy man turns to grumpy monster. The monster itself is sympathetic though, and is hardly a monster at all. However, Cushing's performance as Dr. Stein is so good that you don't really miss not having a gnarly beast around.
Some of the effects are pretty graphic for the late fifties. There's a few dismembered limbs, a couple of goopy brains, and assorted scars and bloody sheets. The sets were convincingly gloomy and dusty with lots of cobwebs and candles. In fact, seeing how dreary and antique everything was had me thinking about how grateful I am to live in the 21st century. Overall, I really found "The Revenge of Frankenstein" to be another Hammer hit.
One of Hammer Studios' best movies and the follow-up to Curse of Frankenstein. Peter Cushing in on top form as Dr Frankenstein. The story is great, which is the main reason why this movie works out so well. It also helps to make this movie one of the better ones out of the long line of Hammer Frankenstein movies. It has many of the components of traditional Hammer horror (secret labs full of bubbling beakers,foggy streets and of course another great performance by Peter Cushing), but it also has a surprisingly gentle monster whose story is as much sad as it is horrifying. A must-see for the Hammer fans, mainly thanks to its well written story.