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½ November 6, 2016
While the Karloffs is regarded as the definitive deception of the monster (I actually like the look of the monster in The Curse of Frankenstein much more then the universal version.) Cushing , Lee , and Hammer Films take on the scientist and monster is so original it becomes completely different and in some ways much darker take on the Frankenstein film.
October 22, 2016
Good movie, but the monster was underwhelming. Cushing is excellent.
October 11, 2016
An interesting, slightly different take on the classical Mary Shelly story. Lee is unique as The Monster, but the film is dominated by Cushing's arrogantly brilliant Baron Von Frankenstein. It's a perfect film, though I wanted to see more Christopher Lee.
½ May 19, 2016
This ended up being one of my favourites, both of Hammer Films in general, and of the works of both Sir Peter Cushing and Sir Christopher Lee. It still works cinematically, three generations later, as my 13-year-old son really enjoyed it as well. Though the filmmakers were forced to use other makeup rather than that copyrighted by Universal Studios in James Whale's masterpiece, that isn't problematic in the slightest for your enjoyment of the picture. Worth a purchase and rewatches either for fans of the genre in the slightest, of period pieces in general, or of the Mary Shelley novel. A fine work which is one of the best of director Fisher's career.
½ April 12, 2016
Standard horror movie of the Frankenstein creature. Peter Cushing and his teacher Robert Urquhart manage to revive a dog from the dead. Peter want to test on human and Robert refuse to help. Peter took the body of a man dead from death row and gather other parts. His cousin Hazel Court who is bethrone to him return home to marry him. Peter has affair with the maid and she want him to marry her. The creature (Christopher Lee) is revive in a lightning incident. Robert want to kill it and it escape. In the woods it frighten a blind old man. They go out to look for it and Robert shot it dead. Peter kept it in his cell and its not dead. One night the maid go in to explore and Peter lock her in the cell and let the creature kills her. Robert who has left the residence after the incident return to congratulate their wedding. Peter show him the creature been chain and listening to his command. Robert want to report to the authority. Hazel go in the lab and explore. Up at the roof, the creature is behind her. Peter rush to take his gun and shot her and the creature but it is barely hurt. He throw the kerosene lamp to burn it. Now in jail for the murder of the maid, Robert refuse to help his madness. Hazel is lucky to be only injured in the arm. Peter is send for hanging.
½ February 9, 2016
Brilliant new version of the Frankenstein tale. Christopher Lee gives his own great performance as the Creature and Cushing is such a credible Dr. Frankenstein.
½ February 3, 2016
A rather stuffy early Hammer offering which caused a sensation at the cinema upon its release. Very dated looking now, and it's almost impossible to believe this was given an X rating when it originally came out. That's a stiff one even for the Brits. But it was well made considering its budget and is very dark and quite cynical. All things which work in its favour.
December 6, 2015
It wasn't until Peter Cushing I figured that Dr. Frankenstein is incredibly queer.
½ October 29, 2015
Hammer Studio's made its first foray into the horror genre, a genre it has long been associated with, in "The Curse of Frankenstein." It is a solid adaptation, with a great performance from Peter Cushing as Baron Victor von Frankenstein, and Christopher Lee as the Creature. What is great as that this isn't just a rehash of what Universal had done 20 years prior, this focuses less on the creature and more on the Baron, and it feature a little more gore. The gore outraged some when it came out, but it is pretty tame by today's ridiculous "Saw" standards. This is a great classic horror film, definitely recommended.
½ October 26, 2015
The remarkable set pieces and Cushing's performance make this genre game-changer a riveting piece despite its writing deficiencies.
½ October 12, 2015
A very satisfying adaptation of the book and remake of the film
½ October 5, 2015
The essential Frankenstein movie.

Based on Mary Shelley's famous novel. A scientist, Dr Victor Frankenstein (played by Peter Cushing) is researching how life can be given / regiven to dead animals. He hits upon the idea of creating a human life by combining body parts from dead people. His research is ultimately successful, but at what cost...?

Surely one of the most well known horror-stories of all time. Modern versions are more about the aftermath of Frankenstein's creation, and turn into empty action movies. This version is probably the purest version in terms of telling the original story.

Solid plot, good direction. Peter Cushing is great as Dr Frankenstein. Good support from Robert Urquhart, Hazel Court and Valerie Gaunt. Christopher Lee gives his career-defining and -shaping performance as the creature.
½ October 2, 2015
Hammer add some meat to Frankenstein. This does make for a slow moving take on the story, however once the horror begins it doesn't really let up. It isn't exceptional, it is merely a solid piece of gothic horror. I tend to be of the belief that Hammer were more at ease with Dracula than Frankenstein.
½ July 5, 2015
Peter Cushing gets every inch of drama from the leading role, making almost believable the ambitious urge and diabolical accomplishment. Melvyn Hayes as the child Victor skilfully conveys the ruthless self-possession of the embyro man.
½ May 14, 2015
It pales in comparison with Universal's classic, but with Cushing's performance and a solid story-line, this retake can hold on to its own. Lee as the monster isn't as memorable as Karloff, but it is nice to see a worthy counterpart. The film's ending is unsettling.
½ April 17, 2015
An interesting take on the Frankenstein story, staring Peter Cushing as Victor and Christopher Lee as the monster. Some elements felt like a precursor to Day of the Living Dead.
½ November 19, 2014
Best Frankenstein movie ever made. The sequel, Revenge of Frankenstein, is also fantastic. Slightly above Bride of Frankenstein.
November 12, 2014
fond memories of this as a kid oh the blood & in technicolour-I just loved it.
November 2, 2014
Overly hammy but highly enjoyable! Cushing chews scenery while Lee makes for a suitably horrifying monster
October 30, 2014
Surely one of the best of all of the Hammer movies this is a loose re-telling of the classic Mary Shelley tale. The interesting thing here is seeing Peter Cushing playing Baron Frankenstein as cunning and evilly manipulative of those around him. This is a departure from the norm for this wonderful actor, so often cast as the good guy, and he is both chilling and effective in the role. Seeing him as heartless and downright nasty is a bit of a surprise and creates an interest by creating a sense of unease. We also have Christopher Lee, swathed in latex, as a particularly horrific version of the monster. Lee never says a word in this film but manages to command the screen by virtue of the extraordinary make-up and the power of his performance. This must have scared the willies off the 1950s audience who were perhaps expecting a colour version of the old Boris Karloff movies. Instead, what we get here is an almost proto-gore movie that wouldn't seem out of place to modern cinemagoers. Thankfully, being the product of a more innocent age, much of the gore is suggested and takes place off screen, being merely hinted at and left to the vivid imaginings of the watcher. Nevertheless, there are a few places where this movie really shocks, most notably when the monster gets shot in the eye. What we get with this movie is a kind of hybrid between the comfy Hammer style with the Germanic setting, brightly coloured staging and social class steryotypes and a darker, subtle, genuinely shocking story. For me, it still works remarkably well both as a nostalgia trip and also a suitable chiller for a Halloween week.
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