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The Revenge of Frankenstein Reviews

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February 9, 2016
Definitely not a weak Frankenstein film. Cushing is great as Frankenstein once again.
December 11, 2015
Workable Hammer sequel that builds on the original novel's idea rather than staying true to it.
October 29, 2015
Hammer Horror's first sequel to their first Frankenstein effort sees Peter Cushing return to the role of the Baron, as he escapes his death sentence from the previous film and sets up shop helping the poor in order to steal their limbs for his experiments...hoping that with a proper brain he can succeed where he failed last time. Of course, things don't go as planned. It is a worthy sequel to their first effort, and features another great performance from Cushing. The film may be lacking in Christopher Lee and is a little less grotesque, but it has a decent story, and that makes it worth your time for a good Halloween flick.
October 14, 2015
A sequel to a B-movie adaptation of a much adapted tale has no right being this this good.
½ August 19, 2015
A Gothic masterpiece from Hammer, one of it's best I dare say. Dark, emotional, and tragic easily outdoing its predecessor 'Curse of Frankenstein". A cold, determined, performance by Peter Cushing. Michael Gwynn is amazing as the tragic Fritz, who seeks to simply become like a normal member of society. WATCH THIS MOVIE
May 14, 2015
Hammer quality, but lacking compared to others. Plenty of interesting scenes and Gothic moments, but the main story does drag on though it's not too uninteresting. There are amazing set pieces and close attention to detail, plus a stellar cast. Some of the props are goofy, otherwise, this one doesn't offer much notable.
½ November 19, 2014
Fantastic and interesting take on the Frankenstein story.
October 18, 2014
good follow-up to The Curse of Frankenstein(1958)
this is easy a classic.
½ February 5, 2014
This is one of Hammer Studios' most revered monster movies, and while I can't say it matches the group's first few Dracula movies, it certainly keeps steady the quality storytelling and strong, complex questions raised in THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. This one is a little less gothic and a little more melodrama, but at its best it's a delicious combination of both. The story picks up right where the last left off; Dr. Frankenstein (the inimitable Peter Cushing) is about to be hanged for creating his monster. But, as they often do in these dark and stormy, lightly supervised midnight hangings, things go wrong and the doctor escapes with his life. He moves to a small village and continues his bizarre experiments with life and death under the the just-begging-to-get-caught guise of Dr. Stein. He soon attracts the attention of young practitioner Dr. Kleve (a great movie name), who goes from curious onlooker to full-on Frankenstein subscription in no time. Their grand experiment? To transport the life of the Doc's ugly Igor-esque assistant to a new, handsome and strapping though very recently deceased body. Science prevails, but there are expected complications, leading to a white-knuckle third act that makes the slow-moving first two very worthwhile.
½ February 25, 2013
A little slow and no scary movie but a whole diffrent kind of Frankenstein. Fun to watch and worthy to watch thanks to Peter Cushings version of Victor F.
February 2, 2013
Victor von Frankenstein narrowly escapes the guillotine, only to resume practice again in the village of Carlsbruck under a false name. By volunteering his time to the poor during the day, he is able to continue his seedy experiments by night, using bits and pieces of his other patients to give his invalid assistant a new body! Peter Cushing returns in THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN, Terence Fisher's worthy follow-up to the electrifying CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Frankenstein casts off the diabolical persona found throughout the series, and takes on a rather noble and selfless role here... Or so it would seem... His newest experiment appears to be a complete success, until Karl's body begins rejecting its new components as his brain slips into a primitive state, making him unfit for Frankenstein to put on display. Michael Gwynn is fantastic as Frankenstein's pitiful experiment, having to play both the amiable victim of the evil plot, and a crazed monster. Cushing is far more reserved than before, but takes every opportunity to excel, especially when confronted by the medical counsel and his misguided patients in the end. A top-rate sequel, to be sure!

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
January 18, 2013
While almost equalling the coolness of the Fisher helmed original Hammer produced Frankenstein, it lacks because of Christopher Lee not playing the monster again. While not explained how the Baron escaped the guillotine, this is classic in terms of sets, tone, and props. The eyes and hand in the lab are way cool for their time and just about everything is up to par with the Hammer level of quality. My big gripe is that the "creature" looks like some regular guy, which he is for the most part, but after the inventive makeup in the first Hammer Frankenstein it isn't as good. Still this is a neat and fun time and perfect for the Halloween season.
November 15, 2012
There's a very sound brain in that unfortunate body.

Frankenstein was sentenced to death at the guillotine after creating the notorious beast; however, he escapes his sentencing and decides to move forward with perfecting his craft and building a new, perfect beast. He builds his new beast, which looks more human than the last, but suffers some of the same psychological impacts of the surgery.

"I'm not an easy man to work for."
"Few men are."

Terence Fisher, director of The Gorgon, The Phantom of the Opera (1962), The Brides of Dracula, The Curse of the Werewolf, The Hound of Baskervilles, and The Mummy (1959), delivers The Revenge of Frankenstein. The storyline for this picture is interesting and fun to watch unfold. The acting is very good and the cast delivers solid performances. The cast includes Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Eunice Gayson, and Lionel Jeffries.

"Nothing can go wrong."
"That's what you said before."

I DVR'd this picture this past Halloween off Turner Classic Movies (TCM). I was excited to see this Peter Cushing film and found his performance solid but the movie a bit stale and the beast disappointing (too conventional). Overall, this is above average but nothing special. I wouldn't go out of my way to see this picture.

"He buried his own body."

Grade: C+/B- (6.5)
½ October 21, 2012
Smartly scripted sequel to Hammer's first Frankenstein film, "The Curse of Frankenstein". Unlike the Universal Frankenstein films that focused on the monster, this series focuses more on Dr. Frankenstein and his obsession with creating life from dead tissue. Cushing return as the title doctor and is great as always, but this film benefits from a particularly smart and interesting script.
October 19, 2012
good color version of this
October 17, 2012
Anything that Peter appeared in was just simply brilliant , and this is no exception !
October 7, 2012
Revenge of Frankenstein was an okay sequel, it didn't feel anywhere near as interesting as the predecessor but it had an intriguing conclusion and you just knew there would be more... Overall though I found this film quite lacklustre in some parts and the small dose of action and tension in the movie seems to be overlooked by many other reviewers!
September 3, 2012
Although it lacks an inventive creature design or a particularly exciting climax, Peter Cushing is in absolute top form, the production design has its gothic charms, and Sangster's screenplay does some interesting things with Victor Frankenstein, heightening the moral ambiguity of his actions without pushing him into full-on "asshole" territory, which some of the subsequent films in the series are guilty of.
½ March 3, 2012
This actually picks right up from CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Can't say that the Baron's new name is all that inventive. And his only real crime is being an arrogant surgeon and body part harvesting from the stubbornly unwashed German poor. There is a great speech as to why the poor need to be dirty. The good Baron is experimenting this time with brains. He has promised a hunchback cripple a new beautiful body - the tall lean model Gwynn - but things get concussed. Poor Fritz. As I say the monster is a real let down. Still there is a lot of brain fillets floating in jars and you know how I love that. Plus TOP HATS!! Nothing says grave robbing like a top hat. Well, maybe a cape.
February 16, 2012
Not only is this film a great sequel to the Hammer telling of the classic horror tale but it's a great sequel in general AND to every telling of the horror classic.
Great acting, sets, story and design bring together a well thought out tale that manages to be the classic story we all know so well and yet sheds the standards to bring about another look at the monster and the madman behind him.
Highly recommended.
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