The Evil of Frankenstein

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Hardly the best of Hammer Studios' Frankenstein epics, The Evil of Frankenstein is too much the mixture as before to be truly memorable. Back in business once more is Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing), who finds his fabled monster (Kiwi Kingston) frozen in a block of ice. Once the creature is thawed out, the Baron, worried that the big lug might develop a mind of his own, engages the services of a hypnotist (Peter Woodthorpe). Instead of keeping the monster docile, the hypnotist decides to use old "Frankie" for his own evil designs, and we're off and running again. At 84 minutes, Evil of Frankenstein was too short for a two-hour network TV slot, so Universal (the film's American distributor) tacked on 13 minutes of pointless additional footage, featuring timorous villagers Steven Geray, Maria Palmer and William Phipps. The film was followed by a vastly superior sequel, Frankenstein Created Woman.

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Peter Cushing
as Baron Frankenstein
Kiwi Kingston
as The Creature
Peter Woodthorpe
as Prof. Zoltán the Hypnotist
Sandor Elès
as Hans, Frankenstein's Assistant
Katy Wild
as Beggar Girl
David Hutcheson
as Burgomaster
Duncan Lamont
as Chief of Police
Caron Gardner
as Burgomaster's Wife
Timothy Bateson
as Hypnotized Man
Tony Arpino
as Bodysnatcher
Frank Forsyth
as Manservant
Michelle Scott
as Little Girl
Anthony Blackshaw
as Burly Constable
David Conville
as Young Constable
Steven Geray
as Dr. Sergado
William Phipps
as Rena's Father
Maria Palmer
as Rena's Mother
Tracy Stratford
as Rena as a Child
Patrick Horgan
as David Carrell
Derek Martin
as Roustabout
Robert Flynn
as Roustabout
Anthony Poole
as Roustabout
James Garfield
as Roustabout
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Critic Reviews for The Evil of Frankenstein

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Audience Reviews for The Evil of Frankenstein

  • Oct 24, 2015
    I have not yet seen Hammer's The Revenge of Frankenstein, which was released between Curse and this one. I am confident that there is little continuity between the plots, so it doesn't matter. Director Freddie Francis was a cinematographer before he was a director. I think that is evident here. Hammer now had a deal with Universal for distribution in the US, so the makeup of the Creature attempts to recreate the Jack Pierce design, but it is BADLY done. This movie makes more references to Universal horror pictures than other Hammer horror films do. I suspect that Francis with his camera background requested/demanded (?) extra time or money for the Art Director and his team because the film looks good as the camera moves around the village festival and the lab equipment in Frankenstein's run-down castle once it is restored. This is a top contender for favorite mad scientist's lab set. I could easily give this a higher rating if it wasn't for the ill-advised makeup work on the monster and the unoriginal performance by Kiwi Kingston. I enjoy the plot involving Zoltan the hypnotist (Peter Woodthorpe) planting criminal ideas of revenge in the innocent creature. Both Baron Frankenstein and his re-re-animated creature are simply misunderstood.
    Byron B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2013
    A poor addition to the Frankenstein legacy that Hammer enhanced. The film takes ages to get going and seems incredibly padded, even though it only runs at 1.5 hours. The make-up for the monster is terrible and the only redeeming thing about the film is Cushing's committed performance. The film still possesses the classic Hammer sheen that places it above most of their ouvre in the late 60's and 70's but those looking for a good Frankenstein film should check out Hammer's 'Curse of Frankenstein' or 'Frankenstein Created Woman' instead.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2011
    Just another Frankenstein movie, there's not anything new or different about this one either. It's actually pretty boring. It's not bad, it's just not good or interesting.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2009
    Might be the worst makeup job in the history of horror films.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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