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June 13, 2017
Very entertaining with plot that focuses of the excellent Cushing as the mad doctor. The monster is surprisingly normal which is interesting as he visits his wife. Plot driven from the first scene and /cushing proves his worth in the difficult role.
June 8, 2017
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.
½ November 12, 2016
Okay Hammer Horror picture about the evil Baron Frankenstein, Peter Cushing, trying to resurrect the dead again. This time he's putting the brain of his brilliant doctor friend into a dead man's body. Things do go not as planned. Like most Hammer pictures of the time, there is lots of blood and heaving bosoms. This film does have one unfortunate rape scene included that was added to the film in post production over the objections of the director and actors by the producers who felt the film needed more sex. It's an unpleasant scene and then is never brought up again in the film, so it absolutely makes to sense. Freddie Jones also appears in the film. There is also a fine score by James Bernard, but overall, this is a weaker Hammer Horror picture. I read several reviews saying how this was the best in the Hammer Frankenstein films, but now that I think about it, I I much preferred some of the prior films over this one. Watch the gonzo "Frankenstein's Army" for a much cooler reboot of the old Mary Shelly story.
December 4, 2015
Madness is always sad.

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."

Grade: C+
½ October 29, 2015
A pretty bad entry in the Hammer series of Frankenstein films. Cushing returns, and this time he is more evil than ever before,even randomly raping a woman which has no true setup and is never mentioned again after it happens. The movie just feels like been there done that, with extra gruesome sound effects and a rape scene to up the horror of it all, it just didn't work for the most part...until the Baron's creation this time is finally is brought to life and exacts revenge on Frankenstein it switches between boring and pointless.
May 15, 2015
Another decent Frankenstein story, it's just isn't the most refreshing. Thrilling, but it has a long run-time compared to the other Hammer 'stein films and the pacing is pretty slow. Frankenstein gets pushed from being anti-hero to villain which works to some effect but hurts the character. Some good concepts, while also having a satisfactory ending.
½ November 12, 2014
franchise grinds 2 a stop here.
½ October 27, 2014
Hammer's first Frankenstein picture already played fast and loose with Mary Shelley's source material, but several sequels on, it's amazing to see how far apart the two stories (and particularly the title character) have diverged.

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.
½ August 2, 2013
The best entry to the Hammer Frankenstein series besides The Curse of Frankenstein.
March 10, 2013
From Hammer Productions, comes the 5th Frankenstein film in their series of 7. But, this one is significant as it doesn't have a monster as such, and the monster within this film is the creator himself, who seems to have gone way too far with his experiments. It's a typical Hammer Horror film, but also a suspenseful one and an exciting one, which is also blessed with a good British cast. This one has Baron Victor Frankenstein (Peter Cushing), now on the run from the authorities and living under aliases, getting a job at an insane asylum, and blackmailing a young couple Dr. Karl Holst (Simon Ward) and Anna (Veronica Carlson), who have been stealing medical drugs from the asylum, into using the basement of their house for his experiments. Which regards the mentally ill Dr. Brandt (George Pravda), Frankenstein plans to perform the first brain transplantation ever, which will ensure Dr. Brandt can live in another man's body, but as usual nothing goes to plan, especially when Brandt's widow (Maxine Audley) comes calling. It's dated a bit since it was first released, but in terms of production, it's one of the best Hammers for set design, (it looks like they pushed the boat out with this one.) Peter Cushing shows off an evil streak, and is complimented by a great cast including Thorley Walters, Geoffrey Bayldon and Freddie Jones.
½ February 1, 2013
Baron Frankenstein has taken up shop in a small boarding house in England after being driven out of his homeland, where he proceeds to blackmail a promising young medical student into helping him with his diabolical designs. Frankenstein hopes to transplant the brain of an old colleague, Dr. Brandt, into a fresh new body to clear his mind of the debilitating disease which has driven him mad so that he may steal Brandt's secrets, but the revived doctor will have no part in Frankenstein's evil plan! Terence Fisher turns out another Gothic masterpiece in FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, the fifth installment from Hammer's thrilling horror series! Here, the baron takes a sinister turn for the worst under the controlled guidance of Peter Cushing, who gives his best performance in the series. It is this vile take on the character for which he is most often remembered. Cushing is given strong support by Simon Ward as his unwilling apprentice and especially by Freddie Jones as the unfortunate Dr. Brandt. The scene in which the recently revived Brandt is rejected by his horrified widow strikes a devastating blow to the viewer's emotion. As always, Fisher delivers many artful touches along the way, despite the smaller production. It all ends in a fiery finale, which should have served as a fitting end for our wayward doctor before the series could begin to fall into decline. FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED is in top contention with FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN as being the strongest sequel in the series, and one of Hammer's finest films.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
November 18, 2012
As a whole the film really doesn't feel very consistent. I couldn't quite fathom Dr Frankenstein's embrace on evil... The rape scene was irrelevant and I'm still quite confused as to why Frankenstein actually transferred the brain to another body to then repair it, why not just remove the insanity when it was in the original body! Overall though it just felt off kilter for a Frankenstein movie, but it had its moments!
July 25, 2012
One of Hammers better Frankenstein films, this time it is not Mary Shelleys book being ripped off again, its an original tale of Peter Cushing trying to swap brains in bodies to bring his dead pal back to life, but he is not that happy being brought back. Peter Cushing is brilliant in this and it is rare to see him playing such a cold hearted person. Simon Ward who sadly passed away last week is also very good. Great Hammer Classic.
½ March 18, 2012
Another brain transplant one. Only this time, the good Baron is pretty odious. He blackmails Anna and Karl in order to get access to Prof. Richter. But Karl is a real jerk. A drug dealer who needs no encouragement to turn into a cold blooded killer. Poor Prof. Richter is driven insane, killed, brought back to life, cured of his insane brain glitch and then stabbed and then burned up in a fire. Anna does not fare any better, but she should have learned how to saddle up a carriage, is all I am saying. The police are hot on these idiot's trail the entire movie. Thorley Walters, once again, gives his Wizard of Oz bumbling performance as the sole comic relief. The monster, per se, is a real let down. Still Cushing really shines with his arrogant scowl.
December 31, 2011
First Frankenstein Created Woman & now this movie which I'm currently watching for the umpteenth time. What an excellent way to start off a Halloween weekend!
November 19, 2011
First Frankenstein Created Woman & now this movie which I'm currently watching for the umpteenth time. What an excellent way to start off a Halloween weekend!
October 26, 2011
A unique interpretation of the Frankenstein tale. Baron Frankenstein, played by Peter Cushing, is violently dedicated to unlocking the secrets of the human brain. Cushing gives what I consider to be one of his best performances in a Hammer production. He freakin' rocks in this film!
October 19, 2011
Peter Cushing does such a wonderful job of playing Frankenstein as a complete and utterly deplorable but horribly charming character. It's a tricky balance, and almost unfortunately because he always manages to outshine the creature in these films. But, hey, he's fun to watch so whatever.
October 17, 2011
It's got horror, romance, suspense and action. With a bumbling inspector and flawed young lovers, the cast of characters goes the distance. Even though Frankenstein is now a purely evil character, there are still moments that manage to squeeze some sympathy out of you for the doctor's success. An excellent entry in Hammer, Frankenstein, and the genre in general.
½ October 1, 2011
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed' is fundamental viewing for any serious horror movie fan. This is a movie based around great performances, stunning visuals, a haunting and atmospheric soundtrack as well as quintessential Hammer-style horror.
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