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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed Reviews

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May 7, 2011
Perhaps the zenith of the Hammer Frankenstein series this film is a grim tale with multiple deaths, a heart rending performance by Freddy Jones and has some amazing set pieces. Best of all though is Cushing who, after four previous outings in the role, delivers his most cold-blooded portrayal of the mad Baron. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is one of Hammer's most delicately crafted productions. Production values are way above par. Bert Batt and Anthony Nelson-Keys deliver an excellent script. Arthur Grant's photography, James Bernard's score and Terence Fisher's direction are all exemplary. Not only the best of the Hammer Frankestein series, but also Terence Fisher's finest film. And truly one of the finest British films ever made. Period.
April 18, 2011
I fairly enjoyed this one, didnt even realise its the 4th sequel as its not too bad to say its so far down the pecking order. Follows on with the character of Frankenstein played by the superb Cushing and focuses on his reanimation of the human brain. No scary monster in this, but a solid flick none the less.
½ April 14, 2011
Really good entry in the Hammer Frankenstein series - Terence Fisher returns and adds the quality again - some good supporting cast adds to Cushings excellence - good film
½ December 20, 2010
One of the best Hammer films is excellently paced and contains a fine blend of true terror with a dash of levity to lighten things up every once and a while. Cushing gives one of his best performances as the dangerously obsessed count.
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November 17, 2010
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...!
November 7, 2010
The fifth of Hammer's Frankenstein series is a solid entry. Peter Cushing is in top form as always as the mad baron, this time around even more sinister than usual. There is some awkward pacing, but it pulls through with a strong, original story leading up to a great fiery climax. Good fun for fans of Hammer horror.
October 30, 2010
What a huge and refreshing surprise from the Hammer film studio. This is a Frankenstein film like no other, which Hammer is good at doing. It is a bloody, brutal, and sinister film that is far more sensational then I imagined it would be. Peter Cushing is at his evil best here as the cruelest Doctor Frankenstein in film history. Cushing really does hold his own in this film. What's also nice to see is that this film never gets bogged down in Frankenstein film cliches of the past. It really stands on its own feet. If your a horror fan this film will be sure to please. It's a bloody and well paced horror film.
½ October 27, 2010
It starts off with a bang (well, with a head-lopping, accompanied by zither), and ends in furious apocalyptic flames--and in between we get a lot of nastiness from Peter Cushing, who may well be the definitive cinematic Dr. Frankenstein. Still, the movie drags a bit between the memorable set pieces, and, while always smart and sophisticated, it's too rarely inspired. There are a handful of well-executed and memorable scenes, but, unfortunately, not enough of them to justify the running time.
October 4, 2010
How have I managed to avoid this flick for so long? This is one of Hammer Films' very best pictures; there's some nice blood-letting, in addition to terrific cinematography and production design. Cushing plays Frankenstein as a completely evil bastard, and he injects just the right amount of gallows humor into his performance without it becoming too campy.
½ September 17, 2010
The best of the Hammer/Frankenstein series.Peter Cushing at his most sinister.The Baron is the true monster of this film,going to any length to continue his experiments.Destroying the lives of all who cross his path,as he descends further into madness.
July 12, 2010
ah, a classic Hammer. Sadly, minus Chris Lee.
April 28, 2010
This time out Peter Cushing is out to find the secrete to live itself. The only problem is that it's in the mind of a colleague who's gone mad. Cushing must cure him of his insanity but must preform a brain transplant beforehand. Frankenstein is a real son of a bitch in this 5th Hammer outing & shows little respect to Anna snapping for her to make coffee or breakfast or just giving her an old time rape. It's all about Frankenstein's wants & primal needs that it's hard to get behind the sinister doctor even though this is just as good as other Frankenstein outings.
½ February 20, 2010
the fifth hammer Franknestein film is a well put together instalment into the series. Cushing is brilliant in his reprisal of Baron Frankenstein ( he is just perfect as the villian you love to hate). What i found most impressive about this film is the fact most horror film series get really pahethic by this stage however in the case of this film its quite the oppostie. the acting , cinemia photography, and scripting are flawless. 4/5
February 1, 2010
Ă? la fin des annĂ©es 50, Terence Fisher a fait la pluie et le beau temps pour la lĂ©gendaire (du moins, dans le cĹ?ur (noir!) des amateurs dâ??horreur) maison de production britannique Hammer. Il inventait, du mĂŞme coup, pour toutes une gĂ©nĂ©ration de rĂ©alisateurs Ă  venir, le vocabulaire cinĂ©matographique moderne de lâ??horreur : effet gore (Curse of Frankenstein est le premier film dâ??horreur vĂ©ritablement gore), cĂ´tĂ© particulièrement sĂ©duisant du mal, mais aussi, et câ??est probablement le cĂ´tĂ© le moins connu de son Ĺ?uvre, une psychologie assez bien campĂ©e des personnages. On doit Ă  ce metteur en scène Ă  lâ??efficacitĂ© redoutable (efficace, plus quâ??artistiqueâ?¦ ce dernier terme sâ??appliquant plus Ă  son remplaçant immĂ©diat Freddie Francis) les meilleurs films de la Hammer.
Et, avant de le visionner, je nâ??aurais jamais cru quâ??il pouvait Ă©galer, voire surpasser, des films tels que Curse of Frankenstein ou Horror of Dracula. Mais en 1969, après plusieurs annĂ©es dâ??absence dans le monde de lâ??horreur, il fait un retour plus que triomphant en reprenant le contrĂ´le de la franchise du cĂ©lèbre savant fou.
En fait, dans Frankenstein must be destroyed, le mal règne en maĂ®tre suprĂŞme et on ne pouvait souhaiter meilleur acteur que Peter Cushing, toujours superbe et inquiĂ©tant en Baron Victor Frankenstein, pour porter sur ses Ă©paules un rĂ´le aussi machiavĂ©lique que celui quâ??il joue ici. Lâ??ouverture du film (les scènes dâ??ouverture sont toujours un point fort chez Hammer, mais ici, ils se sont surpassĂ©s!) est une scène dâ??anthologie : un voleur sâ??introduit par effraction dans un laboratoire installĂ© dans une maison abandonnĂ©e. Alors quâ??il fouille, il entend les pas de ce qui pourrait bien ĂŞtre le propriĂ©taire des lieux. Commence alors une scène de combat entre les deux protagonistes, lâ??un un vĂ©ritable monstreâ?¦ qui, une fois le combat terminĂ©, enlève son masque pour rĂ©vĂ©ler le visage du sinistre baron. Symbolique puissante pour le restant du film oĂą Frankenstein manipule avec un soin mĂ©ticuleux son entourage pour des fins plus que morbides.
Fischer transforme la matière du scĂ©nario (excellent dans toutes ses circonvolutions) en un suspense exaltant oĂą sâ??entremĂŞle tragĂ©die (mais jamais dans le kitch) et horreur, trop souvent humaine (une scène particulièrement vicieuse de viol, qui avait Ă  lâ??Ă©poque fait grand bruit, en tĂ©moigne). Chaque acteurs prĂ©sents sâ??acquittent superbement bien de sa tâche dans ce ballet oĂą le fan dâ??horreur le plus blasĂ© sera pris par surprise ici et lĂ  jusquâ??Ă  lâ??infernale (littĂ©ralement) finale. Pour bien saisir la mesure du talent de Fischer, il est intĂ©ressant de noter, en visionnant ce film, que lâ??on vient autant Ă  sâ??inquiĂ©ter du sort de Frankenstein (en quelque sorte le savant et le monstre dans cet ingĂ©nieux film) que de celui de ses pauvres victimes (Ă©tonnamment combattives ici).
Si Peter Cushing porte le film presque entier sur ses Ă©paules (avec son professionnalisme habituel), il faut tout de mĂŞme mentionner le travail de Freddy « Elephant Man » Jones dans le rĂ´le tragique et quelque peu morbide de la « crĂ©ature ». Ce petit bijou de film dâ??horreur est dĂ©finitivement Ă  classer parmi les meilleurs de la Hammer et montre que, plus dâ??une dizaine dâ??annĂ©es après avoir percĂ© le marchĂ© de lâ??horreur, le studio britannique livrait encore la marchandise. Superbe.
January 28, 2010
Terence Fisher pulls out all the stops here, starting with the opening scene tribute to Carol Reed's Third Man and then going on to several great action set-pieces with lots of lovely red red krovvy, and of course, the neverendingly wonderful Peter Cushing. We find it impossible not to love and completely adore Cushing. His Frankenstein is a study in cold calculated malevolence tinged with unparalleled genius and vision. An incredible accomplishment especially when one considers that offscreen he was a devoted and by all accounts mild-mannered man. Easy to believe, as his performances do seem to be studies, and therefore open up for discussion on ideas. Some great moments here of sardonic anger. Amazing how he works objects in the room and always has something going on with his hands. And then of course there's the gruesome side of these things, and his utter capacity for detachment. He was and is the perfect Sherlock Holmes in Hound Of The Baskervilles, and seeing that same set of characteristics turned to Victorian villainy is a treat. Lots of fun when one's taste for flatlined modern horror films has expired and the desire for color filled films with camp acting and some moments of amazing dialogue, and of course, Peter Cushing. No wonder Kate Bush wrote a song about these films. Such passion! Such secrets that lurk! And oh those horse-drawn carriages, buxom blondes, and sweating Werthers...what would cinema be without them? Fun, fun, fun.
October 9, 2009
Sad to say, but I think this was my first Hammer film. This was a lot of fun. Peter Cushing was perfect as Frankenstein, so stylishly evil, such a proper villain. It was kind of funny, my roommate came in about halfway through the movie so I had to explain to him what happened, and I noticed how crazy this film is, in a good way. I loved the broken water main scene. Great ending as well. I'll check out more Hammer films soon.
½ September 19, 2009
Frankenstein Must be Destroyed is Cushing at his most evil. Rape, brutal murder and horrible manipulation are his hallmarks here. Without companion and conscience, Cushing is more desperate here then in any other film. The brief flashes of irrational anger in previous film come to a full heat as the Baron attacks a thief breaking into his lab, fresh from having chopped off the head of a local doctor. This harkens back to the Baron's murder of the professor and his locking his mistress with the monster in Curse. The oft-criticized rape scene shows itself to be the tagged on exploitative scene it is. No one involved in the filming of it really wanted the scene in the first place and it shows. The Baron ruthless rule of Anna and Karl's home is psychological horror at its best, especially the scene where the water main break revealing the body in the courtyard. The fiery finale is one of the most exciting in the series with some excellent pyrotechnics.
August 3, 2009
El Dr Frankenstein mas malvado y el monstruo mas humanizado de la saga
July 27, 2009
Last great from Terence Fisher.
½ June 13, 2009
Prob my fav in the franchise of Frankenstein's hammer sequels, Peter Cushing at his finest, he has some great lines in this movie and Baron Frankenstein is as stiffed upper lipped and cold hearted as ever in this instalment.
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