The Revenge of Frankenstein Reviews

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June 26, 2013
Hammer quality, but lacking compared to others. Plenty of interesting scenes and Gothic moments, but the main story does drag on though it's not too uninteresting. There are amazing set pieces and close attention to detail, plus a stellar cast. Some of the props are goofy, otherwise, this one doesn't offer much notable.
October 18, 2014
good follow-up to The Curse of Frankenstein(1958)
this is easy a classic.
½ February 5, 2014
This is one of Hammer Studios' most revered monster movies, and while I can't say it matches the group's first few Dracula movies, it certainly keeps steady the quality storytelling and strong, complex questions raised in THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. This one is a little less gothic and a little more melodrama, but at its best it's a delicious combination of both. The story picks up right where the last left off; Dr. Frankenstein (the inimitable Peter Cushing) is about to be hanged for creating his monster. But, as they often do in these dark and stormy, lightly supervised midnight hangings, things go wrong and the doctor escapes with his life. He moves to a small village and continues his bizarre experiments with life and death under the the just-begging-to-get-caught guise of Dr. Stein. He soon attracts the attention of young practitioner Dr. Kleve (a great movie name), who goes from curious onlooker to full-on Frankenstein subscription in no time. Their grand experiment? To transport the life of the Doc's ugly Igor-esque assistant to a new, handsome and strapping though very recently deceased body. Science prevails, but there are expected complications, leading to a white-knuckle third act that makes the slow-moving first two very worthwhile.
½ February 25, 2013
A little slow and no scary movie but a whole diffrent kind of Frankenstein. Fun to watch and worthy to watch thanks to Peter Cushings version of Victor F.
February 2, 2013
Victor von Frankenstein narrowly escapes the guillotine, only to resume practice again in the village of Carlsbruck under a false name. By volunteering his time to the poor during the day, he is able to continue his seedy experiments by night, using bits and pieces of his other patients to give his invalid assistant a new body! Peter Cushing returns in THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN, Terence Fisher's worthy follow-up to the electrifying CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Frankenstein casts off the diabolical persona found throughout the series, and takes on a rather noble and selfless role here... Or so it would seem... His newest experiment appears to be a complete success, until Karl's body begins rejecting its new components as his brain slips into a primitive state, making him unfit for Frankenstein to put on display. Michael Gwynn is fantastic as Frankenstein's pitiful experiment, having to play both the amiable victim of the evil plot, and a crazed monster. Cushing is far more reserved than before, but takes every opportunity to excel, especially when confronted by the medical counsel and his misguided patients in the end. A top-rate sequel, to be sure!

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
January 18, 2013
While almost equalling the coolness of the Fisher helmed original Hammer produced Frankenstein, it lacks because of Christopher Lee not playing the monster again. While not explained how the Baron escaped the guillotine, this is classic in terms of sets, tone, and props. The eyes and hand in the lab are way cool for their time and just about everything is up to par with the Hammer level of quality. My big gripe is that the "creature" looks like some regular guy, which he is for the most part, but after the inventive makeup in the first Hammer Frankenstein it isn't as good. Still this is a neat and fun time and perfect for the Halloween season.
November 15, 2012
There's a very sound brain in that unfortunate body.

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)
½ October 21, 2012
Smartly scripted sequel to Hammer's first Frankenstein film, "The Curse of Frankenstein". Unlike the Universal Frankenstein films that focused on the monster, this series focuses more on Dr. Frankenstein and his obsession with creating life from dead tissue. Cushing return as the title doctor and is great as always, but this film benefits from a particularly smart and interesting script.
October 19, 2012
good color version of this
October 7, 2012
Revenge of Frankenstein was an okay sequel, it didn't feel anywhere near as interesting as the predecessor but it had an intriguing conclusion and you just knew there would be more... Overall though I found this film quite lacklustre in some parts and the small dose of action and tension in the movie seems to be overlooked by many other reviewers!
September 3, 2012
Although it lacks an inventive creature design or a particularly exciting climax, Peter Cushing is in absolute top form, the production design has its gothic charms, and Sangster's screenplay does some interesting things with Victor Frankenstein, heightening the moral ambiguity of his actions without pushing him into full-on "asshole" territory, which some of the subsequent films in the series are guilty of.
½ March 3, 2012
This actually picks right up from CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Can't say that the Baron's new name is all that inventive. And his only real crime is being an arrogant surgeon and body part harvesting from the stubbornly unwashed German poor. There is a great speech as to why the poor need to be dirty. The good Baron is experimenting this time with brains. He has promised a hunchback cripple a new beautiful body - the tall lean model Gwynn - but things get concussed. Poor Fritz. As I say the monster is a real let down. Still there is a lot of brain fillets floating in jars and you know how I love that. Plus TOP HATS!! Nothing says grave robbing like a top hat. Well, maybe a cape.
February 16, 2012
Not only is this film a great sequel to the Hammer telling of the classic horror tale but it's a great sequel in general AND to every telling of the horror classic.
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.
Highly recommended.
½ February 5, 2012
"The Revenge of Frankenstein" is a classy Horror movie from Hammer Films. I think it is the second title in their Frankenstein series. The always cool Peter Cushing is on top of his game yet again. He plays "Dr. Stein", a popular new doctor who's shaking up the healthcare industry in Carlsbad. Dr. Stein is not only winning over cash-paying patients from other doctors, he's also got a clinic that's providing help to the town's poorer clientele...but for a price. The medical board of Carlsbad isn't happy with Dr. Stein and starts to wonder if he might actually be the notorious Dr. Frankenstein. Stein looks like Frankenstein, and darned if his last name isn't kind of similar, too.
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.
½ November 25, 2011
Peter Cushing reprises his role from "The Curse Of Frankenstein" in this entertaining sequel. Like all Hammer films, it's obviously outrageous, but looks great, and is very fun to watch.
½ October 25, 2011
A really interesting sequel. Cushing is really great, as always. The ending kind of trailed off, I thought, but the film was still entertaining.
October 21, 2011
A brilliant and uniquely made sequel to an also unique Frankenstein film, with competent acting, a wholesome and strong cast, and an intelligent plot. The company who made this film, Hammer, did very well, but I wonder when the "Revenge" actually takes place.
½ August 6, 2010
Dr Frankenstein escapes the guillotine and assumes the mantle of Dr Stein in the city of Carlsbruck where he sets up a popular medical practice amongst patients. This also gives him a chance to continue his experiments and to correct the mistakes he made with his original creature. Helping him is a willing medical student Dr Hans Kleve. His hunchback helper Karl is given a chance to have a new body that Dr Stein has built by transplating his brain into it. Things go well initially but then after he's set free by a woman, his bloodlust comes to the surface.

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.
April 17, 2010
Picks up where Curse of Frankenstein left off (how Cushing escape the guillotine is still a mystery to me) Now Dr Stein Cushing learned from his mistakes a has another go @ building a man. I prefer Curse over this one because it had more malice but this one plays out just fine except there is no real Frankenstein monster. Rather he escapes @ is turned into a tragic cripple. A good Hammer addition just has more drama then horror
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