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½ July 3, 2016
Upon being imprisoned for bodysnatching and sorcery, a young surgeon learns that his esteemed mentor, the great Victor Frankenstein, is alive and well, and has been practicing his dark arts from within the prison walls as Dr. Carl Victor. Together, the pair manage to successfully transplant the brilliant mind of a scholar into the body of a murderous brute, but the body of the beast begins to take over its mind as it strikes off on a bloody rampage! Peter Cushing returns to the role of Baron Frankenstein in Hammer's sixth and final entry into the famed Horror series. Here, the character has taken a surprisingly modest turn that lacks the snide sense of superiority that defined Cushing's earlier performances. Cushing is in fine form, as always, and makes a grand entrance as he comes to the aid of young Simon. The plot, at this point, is quite derivative of the earlier films, but that makes it no less entertaining. Despite the shabbiness of the costume and an immovable facial apparatus, David Prowse manages to act through the make-up with his emotive gesturing and body language. FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL does bear the mark of Hammer's later films unfortunately, which attempted to exploit sex and gore in order to appeal to the changing tastes of the time. This film features the most graphic scenes in the series as a result, including a particularly nasty brain transplant and several bloody murders. As his last Horror film, however, Terence Fisher still retains many of the traditional Gothic trappings that gave him such success throughout the years. A lesser accomplishment in the series, to be sure, FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL is still a worthwhile entry for any fan of Gothic Horror.
July 3, 2016
What a classic "Swan song" for the Hammer Frankenstein series to go out on. I loved Peter Cushing's Dr. Frankenstein since the 58(?) "Curse of Frankenstein" and he only gets better in the 70's. The Frankenstein series was always about Dr. Frankenstein with various representations of the creature. Peter Cushing steals the show, chews the scenery, and effortlessly makes this film an instant Horror Classic. If you have followed the series, you get a lot of the insider stuff, and there is one classic scene where he is talking about never giving up on creating life....."I never shall!" Cushing says with relish. The Monster from Hell resembles a Neandrethal man and an ape. David Prowse is unrecognizeable, but does a credible job. Madeline Smith looks great, and the only critique I have of this wonderful film is that in America it is cut. The Euro version has a few more additions, which I plan on buying eventually. Cushing and Prowse would reunite a few years later in one of the greatest Sci Fi movies in history.
½ July 3, 2016
The series comes full circle with Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell and Cushing's swansong performance as the single-minded and amoral baron and doctor. Perhaps taken inspiration from the events of the last film, Frankenstein is working as the doctor in residence at an asylum for the criminally insane. Having faked his death (again) he is operating as Doctor Karl Victor perfecting his work on a neolithic man(!), once again returning an actual monster to the series. The addition of the Simon character to the cast allows Cushing to deliver a performance that echoes his original in Curse as both characters are as in sync as Victor and Paul were in the original film, only this time with the roles reversed. With the mute Sarah added to the cast, the film sports a bizarre 'family' that again mirrors the first film's cast. Frankenstein even has an opportunity to laugh, the first time in the series since the first film. The production value is excellent and being one of the later Hammer films, does benefit from not looking like its rehashing the old Bray Studio sets that one can point out so easily in early Hammer films. The monster on the other hand does disappoint, looking a bit like they overreached what they thought they could accomplish. In fact none of the films ever matched Curse with the make-up job they had on Christopher Lee and it stands as the only critical deficiency of these films. Ironically this last film is the only one to end without a cliffhanger but ends on a strange casual note, with a promise of starting again. Of course this was not to be. This ending does lend the film a haunting finality to Cushing's Frankenstein; forever defeated in his scientific ambition but always ready to begin again. Its somehow comforting that the last we see of him is not trapped in flames or on his way to the guillotine, but sweeping the floors of his lab, planning some mad new scheme. Worth noting is Patrick Troughton, The 2nd Doctor himself appearing in the film's opening. Sadly he shares no scenes with Cushing, thus far the only big-screen Doctor to date. Also the original 'M', Bernard Lee in one of his last roles; its odd to see him playing such a bit part so late in his career.
July 3, 2016
Probably more famous for the edited scene!
July 3, 2016
Le dernier effort de Terence Fisher Ă  la Hammer, en fait lâ??un des tout derniers films de la fameuse maison de production avant quâ??elle ne ferme ses portes, est un film qui laisse mi-figue mi-raisin. Ce nâ??est pas un film Ă©nergique et dĂ©licieusement « evil » comme lâ??ont Ă©tĂ© des chef-dâ??Ĺ?uvre tels que Horror of Dracula ou Frankenstein must be destroy (tout deux signĂ©s Fisher). Ă? lâ??Ă©poque (en 1958 dans le cas de Dracula), Fisher, avec la Hammer, crĂ©ait ni plus ni moins ce qui allait devenir le vocabulaire cinĂ©matographique de lâ??horreur moderne (et qui a encore sa pertinence 40 ans plus tard). En 1973, Ă  première vue, Fisher semble essouflĂ©.
Et pourtantâ?¦ sâ??il y a très peu dâ??action dans cet opus, il y a un je ne sais quoi qui maintient lâ??intĂ©rĂŞt du spectateur (ce qui, rendu au sixième film dâ??une franchise, nâ??est pas une mince affaire!), comme si, malgrĂ© tout, la maison de production avait encore quelques cartes dans sa manche.
Car pour lâ??amateur dâ??horreur grotesque et lugubre, il y a plusieurs choses Ă  considĂ©rer pour son plaisir (et oui : nous prenons plaisir aux choses les plus Ă©tranges qui soient!). Dâ??abord le lieu principal de lâ??action, un asile psychiatrique oĂą le cĂ©lèbre baron a rĂ©ussi Ă  sâ??infiltrer en jouant de sa proverbiale intelligence manipulatrice. Ces Ă©lĂ©ments du scĂ©nario plante le film dans un univers dâ??une morbiditĂ© exĂ©crable qui, Ă  elle seule, devrait faire saliver lâ??amateur du genre.
Mais il y a plus. Peter Cushing est toujours aussi exceptionnel (le rĂ´le lui appartient Ă  tout jamais par rapport Ă  tous les autres barons!) et il apporte, 6 films plus tard, quelques nuances supplĂ©mentaires Ă  un rĂ´le quâ??il campe depuis 1957. Sa prestation vaut largement le dĂ©tour. Il est entourĂ©, pour notre plus grand bonheur, de personnages intĂ©ressants, Ă  la rigueur suffisamment intrigants, faisant de ce petit film un des plus fascinants Ă  ce niveau de la Hammer (le jeune acolyte de Frankenstein, le Dr Simon Heller, est un personnage tout Ă  fait savoureux, le directeur de lâ??asile qui pourrait ĂŞtre son propre client, une jeune fille muette qui est toujours près du baron, et jâ??en passe). La qualitĂ© des dĂ©cors est, quant Ă  elle, toujours sublime (les dĂ©cors ont toujours Ă©tĂ© un des points forts de la Hammer).
Frankenstein and the monster from hell prĂ©sente la crĂ©ature la plus affreuse de la sĂ©rie. JouĂ©e par David « Darth Vader » Prowse, elle Ă©veille autant le dĂ©goĂ»t (plusieurs scènes, malgrĂ© le cĂ´tĂ© datĂ© des maquillages et effets spĂ©ciaux, ont encore un effet rĂ©pulsif) que la sympathie, tant son destin (et ses origines!) est tragique. Il faut souligner lâ??apport constant de scĂ©naristes de talent dans cette sĂ©rie qui ont su apporter, Ă  chaque film, des Ă©lĂ©ments nouveaux dans le cĂ©lèbre mythe populaire de Mary Shelley.
Bref, la principale faiblesse de ce film par rapport aux autres films de la sĂ©rie (et surtout au prĂ©cĂ©dent, le dĂ©licieux Frankenstein must be destroy) câ??est son manque dâ??action, sa lenteur dâ??exĂ©cutionâ?¦ Cependant, lâ??ensemble des personnages, lâ??intrigue du rĂ©cit et le talent de tout le monde Ă  lâ??Ĺ?uvre, tout ces Ă©lĂ©ments viennent clore, sur une note justement macabre et bien exĂ©cutĂ©e, une des sĂ©ries les plus efficaces que nous a livrĂ© le monde de lâ??Ă?pouvante cinĂ©matographique (Ă  dĂ©faut dâ??ĂŞtre la plus rĂ©ussie au niveau artistique!).
July 3, 2016
In their last few years, Hammer produced some of their greatest works and this is a wonderful coda to their Frankenstein series, an intelligent, inventive, stylized reworking of the themes that had sustained the series for almost two decades . The film however belongs to Cushing and is a perfect swansong for his greatest creation.
July 3, 2016
6th in the series and an improvement on the last installment,Dave Prowse plays a good sympathetic monster and Cushing in his last appearance as baron frankenstein gives the performance his all,Funny in places too
July 3, 2016
Underrated late Hammer film, one of the best of the Frankenstein cycle.
½ July 3, 2016
The denizens of the asylum might well have crawled from the pages of Goya's Caprichos.
½ July 3, 2016
Enjoyable final Cushing Frankenstein film from hammer Studios. Set in an insanse asylum, Dr. Frankenstein of course resumes work upon building a new human from pieces. A worthy final entry in the series.
½ July 3, 2016
Hey I just noticed David Prowse was in this! I thought there was something very familiar about the Monster. I wonder if this had any baring on Lucas's casting of both him & Peter Cushing in Star Wars. I wasn't too overwelmed when I had watched Frankenstein & the Monster from a Hell a few years ago during SHOCKTOBER & that is because I felt the Monster was just sorta a big hairy oaf but I sorta look @ Hammer Frankenstein movies differently in comparison to the classic Universal ones. The Universal ones I now watch for that great grease paint design & Dr Frankenstein sorta takes a back seat. The Hammer ones are really more about Peter Cushing as Dr Frankenstein. If you take them in w/ those context in mind they're more enjoyable. Worth a look but be sure it's the R rated version because old VHS of this are cut
July 3, 2016
Hammer's last entry in the Frankenstein series, sees the good Baron operating from within a lunatic asylum, and creating a monster from the corpse of an inmate and the brain of a mad professor. The formula might have started to wear a bit thin in this film, but it is all carried off with considerable visual flair. Shane Briant impresses as a young disciple of the increasingly barmy Baron. Terence Fisher's final film as a director
July 3, 2016
The 7th and final film in Hammers Frankenstein franchise, that ends the series on a strong note surprisingly for a series that was 17 years old by this point. Cushing is on fine form as ever and bounces brilliantly off young Shane Briant as the two continue the Barons work inside an asylum. The Baron has once again faked his death and is now working as the resident Doctor in the asylum to which he had been committed, it is to here that Simon Helder, Briant, is sent after following in the Barons footsteps. Together the pair continue the Barons work assembling a 'monster' from various parts of some of the asylums residents. Par for the course, for Frankenstein films all goes swimmingly until they don't when the 'monster' breaks out inside the asylum going on a killing rampage before finally being torn limb from limb by the inmates. The only real let down of the film is the monster itself, the makeup just doesn't work and it seems as though the makeup team have over stretched themselves on this occasion. All in all though a superior piece of Hammer horror that ends upon an upbeat note with The Baron preparing to begin his experiments anew, sadly there were to be no more films in the series. Incidentally this was the last film directed by Terence Fisher one of Hammers great directors.
July 3, 2016
love watching these old movies
July 3, 2016
A rather lacklustre finish to Cushings era of Frankenstein films. He and a young apprentice go about their business in a mental asylum.
July 3, 2016
Now this is the stuff! A real good filthy one. Not only is the good Baron treating the criminally insane in a dirty prison, but he is blackmailing the warden and using the inmates as his only personal body farm. Along comes the uppity Shane Briant as Dr. Helder, who has been convicted of the same sort of arrogant grave robbing organ harvesting. Why these ghouls rely upon town drunkards, I will never understand. Madeline Smith plays the Angel, who does not talk, just looks longingly at the various scenery keeping her bosoms well covered. Still what a fetching young girl! Darth Vader plays the monster ape man with the rotting brain of a math professor. Bad things happen. Mainly to the monster. The ending is one of the best in the series.
July 3, 2016
A great conclusion to the best Hammer franchise.
July 3, 2016
Great installment of the old Hammer Horror Frankenstein movies, mixed with some dark humour this old 70's movie had some great touches that added to the whole Frankenstein movie franchise... from what i was told this was made on a much smaller budget from the last .. and i think for the money they did have it turned out pretty well.

Peter Cushing as always is fantastic in this and was his final apperance as Victor, cold.. collected and some great one liners...

If your a fan of the old Hammer Horror Atmospheric Movies.. you should love this one!
July 3, 2016
This horror tale is a lot of fun and moves quickly along. Peter Cushing dominates the cast as the always confident Dr. Frankenstein.
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