Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
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Critic Reviews for Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
This 1969 effort might be the worst picture in the entire Hammer Frankenstein cycle, losing sight of the character of the obsessed scientist in an effort to score some cheap thrills.
For those of us who love Hammer horror, this is an unmarred example of all the reasons why.
Hammer's fifth of seven Frankenstein films might be the best one in the series.
Perhaps the most deadly dull in a series that had run out of steam.
One of the finest of the seven entries in Hammer's Frankenstein cycle.
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Audience Reviews for Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
Cushing's Baron is completely unsympathetic in this film. He's lost whatever humanity he might have once had. His further descent into debauchery and madness is the selling point though. We don't need much of a monster in this one; Frankenstein himself is the monster this time.
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a close second for my favorite Hammer Frankenstein movie (Curse of Frankenstein being my favorite.) Peter Cushing strips any and all sympathy you may ever have had for Baron Frankenstein and his scientific quest while Hammer kind of reinvents the Frankenstein legend. The last half hour of this movie and what they do with the monster is pure genius and all but forgives the plot holes (like a rape scene with the sole purpose of seeing Veronica Carlson in a nightgown that seems all but forgotten) of the first hour. Not to mention the total vacuousness of Carlson and Simon Ward's characters. But that opening that establishes Frankenstein in the run and the scene with him berating the other boarders? Magnificent...!
one of the best hammers i've seen. peter cushing is brilliant as the diabolical baron. however there's a rape scene in this which just feels gratuitous to me so i'm dropping it half star for that. how did it advance the plot in any way and why is it never mentioned again?
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