Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed Reviews
Baron Von Frankenstein has found a new inn to practice his methods and hijacks a young doctor and his fiancée to help him with his experiments. Together they kidnap a deranged young man and begin their dastardly efforts.
"I'm sorry but stupidity always brings the worst from me."
Terence Fisher, director of Horror of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Mummy, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Gorgon, and The Curse of the Werewolf, delivers Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. The storyline for this picture is fun and has a great classic horror feel and presence. The acting is excellent and the cast includes Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones, and Simon Ward.
"Your medical education is about to vastly improve."
I came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) this past Halloween and had to DVR it. I adore the classic horror genre and found Cushing to be delightful in this film. The film doesn't have a ton of horror elements and relies on the interesting and intense characters. This is worth viewing once for fans of classic horror pictures.
"It was you who drove him out of his mind."
Foregoing the return of the original Creature (as was tradition for Universal's various "Frankenstein" sequels), Cushing-- in top form-- is the returning element each time, delving into some new forbidden science and defying nature (and moral good sense) in the process. He's a monster through and through, although "Destroyed" benefits greatly from a solid helping of sardonic, biting wit from the mad Doctor that elevates it from the sometimes-stuffy period drama feel of "The Curse of Frankenstein."
The story is severely marred, though, by a completely out-of-place rape scene included at the behest of Hammer executives, seemingly out of some misguided need to be "edgy" or "provocative." There's no repercussions or effect on the characters, it's not mentioned or referenced, and it was included against the wishes of director Terrence Fisher and both actors involved in the scene. It provides shock value and nothing more.
Things sort of fall apart a bit in the end, with the final act feeling heavy on incident but light on meaning or motivation but all in all, this it's exciting, scary stuff in the grand Hammer tradition.
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