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Frankenstein Created Woman Reviews

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½ May 21, 2010
....and Frankenstein created woman!!!! a very good classic one!
½ May 12, 2010
Hammers 4th Frankenstein outing has Cushing working on soul transference. Frankenstein has lost all of his sinister edge in this one. No longer is he grave robbing (well he does steal one body but compared to the like of Revenge of Frankenstein the obsessed doctor is a boy scout). I find as Hammer continues in this series (although good) they seem to be missing something. In this case (as w/ others) a real monster. He surgically repairs a disfigured girl & puts another soul into her body which causes conflict as it seeks revenge. This could almost be a story of schizophrenia but rather turns into a story of retribution. It has it moments but not nearly as good as most Frankenstein movies Ive seen..& I hate the ending
½ December 28, 2009
One of the best Frankenstein movies that Hammer have done. A good story with some solid acting from a decent cast.
September 17, 2009
The most bizarre and twisted of all the Frankenstein Hammer films, and that is surely saying something. The Baron is now going by his actual name and has found a second and completely different way to beat death this time involving the capture of the soul with the use of a sonic force field powered by geothermal power. Imagine the genius of this guy. Cushing is older but still powerful as the iconic scientist; watch his stunts as he escapes from his home to find the female Frankenstein. The very idea that Frankenstein meshed the soul of the murdered Hans into the body of his reconstructed lover after she committed suicide is insanely imaginative. Letting the guard down is Thorley Walters as the buffoonish companion to Frankenstein, echoing Nigel Bruce's portrayal of Dr. Watson (Walters would later go on to play Watson in fact). Once the revenge plot kicks in, its like a 19th century Fatal Attraction. The ending comes a little too quick and overall is symptomatic of the production's marginalizing of Frankenstein from the story itself. Interestingly the movie begins with a guillotine much as the first two films.
July 27, 2009
Superb slice of Hammer from the great Terence Fisher.
July 13, 2009
Resurectted from death Baron Frankenstein finds that death is not as all powerful as he would like, so he promptly takes two bodies and puts a mans body in the body of a woman. As a result she goes and kills those who sentanced him to death. Confused? not surprised....
June 10, 2009
A not bad Hammer Film again trying to develope the well known story that we all know love or hate it. Some interesting ideas, this one lacks alittle something that the others had, Cushing plays the part yet again well as the brainy dr but like i said before.. just lacks alittle something...

maybe it was the whole soul transfer concept idea... one cant be sure, never the less worth a watch if you are a fan of this genre
April 29, 2009
Quite an enjoyable curiosity boasting some prehistoric light effects from the Hammer house of horror. I was strongly reminded of some dark evil version of Pygmalion.
½ April 12, 2009
*** This comment may contain spoilers ***

Not your traditional Frankenstein movie. Peter Cushing plays Dr. Frankenstein, a brilliant physician and physicist whose ruined hands cannot perform the delicate surgery his experiments require. Thorley Walters plays Dr. Hertz, Frankenstein's confident and set of hands. The doctors' assistant, Hans falls in love with the maimed and scarred Christina, played by the gorgeous Susan Denberg but when some local troublemakers start teasing Christina, Hans loses his temper and the night ends with him being accused of murder. Hans is found guilty and Christina witnesses the execution; overcome with grief, Christina kills herself. Frankenstein and Hertz take the opportunity to trap Hans' soul and put it in the revived and repaired Christina. Soon, the troublemakers start showing up dead and Frankenstein realizes that in returning life to Christina, he has created a monster.

More appropriately a drama/thriller than horror movie, Frankenstein Created Woman does have it's moments of gore. The performances are excellent as Cushing plays a brilliant but aloof Frankenstein and Walters overplays a bit as the simpleton Hertz who would rather make merry than contemplate the nature of death and the soul. The lovely Susan Denberg falls just short of stealing the show in both her roles, as Cushing completely dominates his every scene.
January 21, 2009
Another decent Hammer offering with some fine character acting from most performers - especially the 3 scallywags which included a young Derek Fowlds.
½ January 2, 2009
Decent entry in the Hammer Frankenstein series that does attempt to be original and forego the traditional build a man from spare parts storyline. In this film, Frankenstein's learns how to preserve the soul after body dies and then to place the soul in a new body. Of course, Frakenstein ends up placing a man's soul into the body of his dead lover and all sorts of revenge shinnanigans ensue. An ample use of guillotines and some twisted surprises make this a memorable entry in the series.
December 16, 2008
Superior entry to Hammer's Frankenstein series - the fourth - keeps things interesting with an original and inventive story by writer Anthony "John Elder" Hinds. The usual solid Hammer production values and great character performances - and, as usual, Peter Cushing is in top form as the mad Baron. The first half is better than the second - it drags a bit in the middle, and the ending is anti-climactic - but for the most part director Terence Fisher keeps things clipping along. A must for fans of Hammer horror.
December 7, 2008
Quite different, but still, a lot of fun.
December 1, 2008
4th instalment in hammer's frankenstein series sees a good clever twist on the usual creating a monster tale,instead creating a beautiful woman using her ex lover's vengeful soul,very interesting character,Cushing Excellent as always and well directed by Terence Fisher,one of the best of the Frankenstein Films they made and very different
Super Reviewer
November 7, 2008
My favorite of the series, Hammer's fourth Frankenstein entry is an offbeat, fascinating gothic masterpiece.

The film ingeniously opens up with the guillotine execution of a drunken murderer (played with hardy relish by Hammer vet Duncan Lamont), unintentionally witnessed by his young boy, Hans. Years later, Hans (Robert Morris) is employed by the half-witted Dr. Hertz (Thorley Walters) who has taken in the ardent Baron Frankenstein ( Peter Cushing). Forgetting Freddie Francis' Evil Of Frankenstein, a so-so homage to Universal, Fisher picks up the series where he left off and firmly relates that the Baron is really the monster (the character is here introduced as being brought back to life through his own body-freezing experiment).

At the local tavern, Hans gets into a fierce brawl with a trio of spoiled, arrogant aristocrats (Peter Blythe, Barry Warren, Derek Fowlds) after they insult the twisted and deformed Christina (Susan Denberg). Later that night after Hans consummates his love for Christina, the three delinquents break into the tavern and kill Christina's father, the landlord. Since he refuses to tell where he was during the murderous event, Hans is brought to trial, accused of murder and guillotined like his dad. Christina witnesses this and immediately commits suicide by drowning herself.

In the meantime, the brilliant Baron has contrived a way to capture the human soul ("Bodies are easy to come by, souls are not," proclaims Frankenstein). He gets a hold of Hans' body, captures his soul, and transfers it into the wretchedly salvaged corpse of Christina. Luckily, the Baron is also a pioneer in cosmetic surgery, and under the faithful hands of Dr. Hertz (the Baron's hands are burned) is able to transform Christina into a beautiful blond bombshell. As she now harbors the vengeful soul of Hans, Christina is able to use her seductive charm to kill the ones responsible for her father's and Hans' deaths.

Not for all tastes, I personally love this movie think it gets better with repeated viewings. It's totally unconventional as far as "Frankenstein" films go, and it takes a director like Fisher, an actor like Cushing and a screenwriter like Anthony Hinds to make it succeed on every level. Hind's script wastes no opportunity at overlapping a number of morbid sequences (two executions, a murder, a suicide, and the Baron's unworldly experiments) to lead up to the third act, which involves Christina's revenge on the three antagonists. Add other bizarre circumstances such as Christina carting around Hans' severed head as inspiration for vengeance, and later conversing to herself in his voice, and you have a satisfying horror tale to say the least.

Fisher was always quoted as saying that Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed was his favorite film because of the "love story" aspect of it, but Frankenstein Created Woman is arguably his most romance-driven effort. The relationship between Hans and Christina is what brings the story to the predicament that it's in, and Christina's unexpected discovery of her lover's beheading, followed by her own suicide, is one of the director's most powerful scenes.

Although he's given less to do here then in the other Frankenstein films, Cushing is awesome to watch in every motion and every shred of dialogue. He's kinder than usual this time, even displaying moments of concern for the young leads when their lives are at stake, but Cushing plays him cold, chauvinistic and determined, giving the impression that any warmth he expresses is only to boost his personal goals (such as in the closing moments of the film). His refusal to accommodate the newly revived, confused Christina's request for a mirror is a brilliantly subdued example of his true character.

Although Polish-born Susan Denberg only had several other acting assignments (including the "I Mudd" episode of Star Trek and the Stuart Whitman vehicle, An American Dream) and got the job because of her spread in Playboy (often the only requirement to star in a Hammer Horror), she excels in the role. Even though another actress dubbed her voice, she convincingly changes from innocent, suicidal ugly duckling to confused, suicidal and possessed beauty. But the performances are great all around; from Robert Morris' gentle yet easily enraged Hans to Thorley Walter's intoxicated, bumbling Dr. Hertz, whose fatherly kinship with Christina presents some of the film's most touching moments.
A great film and worth checking out for first time viewers and well worth another look for those who have seen it
Super Reviewer
October 31, 2008
If one of the great ironies of Hammer is that their best 'Dracula' movie doesn't even feature Dracula (Brides of Dracula), yet another is that their best 'Frankenstein' movie is the one with the female monster! Colourful, atmospheric, well acted and boasting an ingenious revenge plot involving the transference of souls (which I'm trying hard not to spoil here), what makes Frankenstein Created Woman particularly memorable is the surprisingly poignant love story between Frankenstein's servant, Hans (Robert Morris), and the deformed daughter of the local innkeeper, Christina (Susan Denberg). Denberg's excellent performance in this movie is a notable exception to the rule that Hammer were generally at their dullest when attempting to showcase some European starlet or other, though a good portion of the credit must go to whoever dubbed her voice. Unnecessary or bad dubbing in movies is one of my pet peeves, but this is perhaps the only example I can think of where the dubbing process unquestionably enhances a performance, lending a disembodied, otherworldly strangeness to Denberg entirely appropriate to her character, both before and after Frankenstein gets his hands on her.
October 17, 2008
An alright offering, though he doesn't create and army of whorish monster ladies like I was expecting. Nor is it a remake of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. It's just a bit of a love story really.
Super Reviewer
September 14, 2008
Without a doubt the weakest and most boring of Hammer's Frankenstein franchise.
September 4, 2008
Peter Cushing is truly great here. Hammer gives a nice twist of having the doctor's latest creation presented as a beautiful, buxom female. No disfigured, staggering, stitched-together monster here.... just a blonde bombshell out on a jolly weekend killing spree!
½ August 13, 2008
Classic horror with my other fave actor peter cushing !
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