Frankenstein - 1970 (1958)





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This is one of the more off-beat entries into the Frankenstein sub-genre, in that it features the original Creature, Boris Karloff (who really hams it up) playing the disfigured grandson of the famed mad baron in a style that combines gothic horror with the awe and fear created by the newly dawned atomic age. The story begins in the title year and finds Victor the III living in the ancestral castle and strapped for the cash he needs to resurrect his grandfather's experiments. He needs a fortune because this time he wants to use atomic power to bring the monster to life. To scare up the needed cash, he lets a television crew come to his famous digs to shoot a show. He ends up getting a lot more than money from the cast and crew and eventually he succeeds in creating a brand-new Creature. Unfortunately, the monster proves to be as volatile as his predecessors, and tragedy for both master and creature ensues.
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Boris Karloff
as Baron Victor von Frankenstein
Tom Duggan
as Mike Shaw
Jana Lund
as Carolyn Hayes
Donald Barry
as Douglas Row
Charlotte Austin
as Judy Stevens
Irwin Berke
as Inspector Raab
Rudolph Anders
as Wilhelm Gottfried
John Dennis
as Morgan Haley
Mike Lane
as Hans
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A decent opening and Charlotte Austin's foxiness aside, Frankenstein 1970 is possibly the dullest movie I've seen in my life. And I watched the third Twilight movie the night before, I'd like to add. I don't get the 1970 thing considering the movie came out in 1958 and didn't look futuristic at all. Boris Karloff's school cafeteria counter garbage can included. Even fans of schlock (of which I am one) are going to have a hell of a time getting through this one....

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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This film begins with a terrific chase scene. Most of what follows doesn't live up to that beginning. Karloff as Baron Frankenstein (descendant of the original monstermaker) is the major plus of this updating 1950's style. Not a classic but worthwhile entertainment for an evening with friends.

David Duncan
David Duncan

[img][/img] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000]Baron Victor von Frankenstein is the last in the family line of Frankenstein’s. To honor his family tradition, the German government has sent a film crew to the Frankenstein estate in hopes of grasping a last glimpse of the Frankenstein legacy. Victor von Frankenstein wants to leave a lasting impression of his family and puts forth one last effort to take his family intentions one step further. The film crew sent by the government may be in for more then they bargain for.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000]“Yours is not the brain I would have chosen, but at least you are obedient.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000]Howard Koch, director of Untamed Youth, Jungle Heat, Born Reckless, the Last Mile, The Gun of Zangara, and Badge 373, delivers Frankenstein 1970. This film, which was created in 1958, had little going for it other than its star actor, Boris Karloff. Karloff was a magnificent actor for the horror genre. He had an uncanny ability to create a character and deliver the part in an astonishing fashion. However, the special effects utilized by Koch were limited, at best.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000]“Are you interested in corpses?”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000]The opening drowning scene, the director describing his personnel life, the reading of Frankenstein’s grave, Shuter’s demise, Judy meeting Shuter, and the camera man running into Shuter after the filming session were amongst the better portions of the film.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000]“I may be able to afford alimony. I’ll have to sleep on it.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000]“I bet you will.”[/color][/size][/font] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Arial] [/font][/color][/size] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Arial][/font][/color][/size][font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000]Overall, Frankenstein 1970 was a film that I was excited to see based on its lead actor, Boris Karloff. Karloff was brilliant as Baron Victor von Frankenstein. He played the role to perfection, and the audience cannot wait to see what he will do next. However, Shuter as Frankenstein was a horrible idea by the writer. The Frankenstein creature is better left nameless, and having Frankenstein walking around looking more like a mummy than the Frankenstein creature was also disappointing. Ultimately, this is a forgettable film that starred a brilliant actor.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000]“You’re going to be a television star.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000][/color][/size][/font] [font=Arial][size=3][color=#000000]Grade: C-[/color][/size][/font]

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