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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.
½ February 5, 2012
"The Revenge of Frankenstein" is a classy Horror movie from Hammer Films. I think it is the second title in their Frankenstein series. The always cool Peter Cushing is on top of his game yet again. He plays "Dr. Stein", a popular new doctor who's shaking up the healthcare industry in Carlsbad. Dr. Stein is not only winning over cash-paying patients from other doctors, he's also got a clinic that's providing help to the town's poorer clientele...but for a price. The medical board of Carlsbad isn't happy with Dr. Stein and starts to wonder if he might actually be the notorious Dr. Frankenstein. Stein looks like Frankenstein, and darned if his last name isn't kind of similar, too.
Cushing's character isn't outwardly evil or bad, he's just driven to create the living from the dead. Unfortunately, he's swapped a brain from a sickly body to a healthy one, which works out well at first, but quickly the healthy man turns to grumpy monster. The monster itself is sympathetic though, and is hardly a monster at all. However, Cushing's performance as Dr. Stein is so good that you don't really miss not having a gnarly beast around.
Some of the effects are pretty graphic for the late fifties. There's a few dismembered limbs, a couple of goopy brains, and assorted scars and bloody sheets. The sets were convincingly gloomy and dusty with lots of cobwebs and candles. In fact, seeing how dreary and antique everything was had me thinking about how grateful I am to live in the 21st century. Overall, I really found "The Revenge of Frankenstein" to be another Hammer hit.
½ November 25, 2011
Peter Cushing reprises his role from "The Curse Of Frankenstein" in this entertaining sequel. Like all Hammer films, it's obviously outrageous, but looks great, and is very fun to watch.
½ October 25, 2011
A really interesting sequel. Cushing is really great, as always. The ending kind of trailed off, I thought, but the film was still entertaining.
October 21, 2011
A brilliant and uniquely made sequel to an also unique Frankenstein film, with competent acting, a wholesome and strong cast, and an intelligent plot. The company who made this film, Hammer, did very well, but I wonder when the "Revenge" actually takes place.
October 11, 2011
a fitting sequel that has frakenstein doing what he does best.
½ October 1, 2011
Peter Cushing is flawless and excellent as ever. The coordination of action and creepy music makes this one of the very best Frankenstein flicks. Director Terence Fisher knows how to tangle your nerves even when you know what to expect. This is just one of the masterpieces from the Hammer Studios.
September 30, 2011
An excellent follow-up. It maintains uneasiness in its visuals and action in the laboratory, and adds new flavor by doing things a little differently (a complying assistant, a characterized creation, etc.). Also, it has the type of ending we don't get enough of.
½ July 16, 2011
Departing wildly from source material, Hammer still draws a logical conclusion for where Dr. Frankenstein might take his mad theories. The result is a slightly more thoughtful film than the previous entry, although it all ends up in murder eventually. While the Hammer Frankensteins lack an iconic Monster, Cushing is infinitely watchable, even when given largely thankless, procedural dialogue. Still missing that humanity the Karloff monsters had - no moments here comparable to the girl with the daisies, or the blind man in the woods, from Universal's first two Frankenstein movies.
½ April 18, 2011
Not a bad sequel, but no monster............unless you count the good Baron as a monster.
April 11, 2011
Great sequel - atmospheric and thought provoking rather than horrific - great addition to the series
½ March 19, 2011
Maybe the best of the early Frankensteins. I love the way a good Hammer movie takes ideas from a traditional genre/story, takes them appart and follows new threads that no one else ever explored (usually thanks to Jimmy Sangster). The whole idea of putting the consciousness of a living person into a corpse, is implied in the Frankenstein idea but never really brought up, right? The first two of this series are really just weird Reanimator stories about corpse science/magic.

Michael Gwynn is amazing (giving Cushing a run for his money) and a great replacement for the missing Lee. I'm only giving this 4.5 though, because if it doesn't feel like Horror of Dracula, Devil Rides Out, Plague of the Zombies etc. when I watch it, it isn't a 5 star Hammer movie. It comes an inch close of being perfect though. Watch this right after watching the Curse of Frankenstein.

I've always wondered if they Young Frankenstein is making fun of Cushing's pronunciation of Frankenschtein.
February 1, 2011
The second Frankenstein film to have been produced by Hammer. This had Peter Cushing reprising his role as the mad Baron Victor Frankenstein. It's not as gory as what later Hammer Horror later were, quite tame for the time actually, but like so many Hammer films, it succeeds. It has Victor Frankenstein (Cushing), having escaped the guillotine, and now working under the name of Doctor Stein and working as a successful physician in another town. However, he is blackmailed by Hans Kleve (Francis Matthews), a young doctor on a local medical council who will keep Frankenstein's secret if Kleve can be his apprentice. Frankenstein is up to his usual tricks again, trying to create an artificial brain, but is unsuccessful. So, he promises deformed dwarf Karl (Oscar Quitak) a new body, which he agrees to. So, Karl's brain is put into the body of Frankenstein's new creation (Michael Gwynn). All seems well, but then Karl in his new body escapes, and after a fight, is left severly brain damaged, and goes off on a rampage, and word gets out around the town of who caused this. It's a good film, though alot of Hammer sequels were mostly the same, but this has it's moments, although the technology for the mid-1860's in the film are a bit advanced.
½ October 31, 2010
Picks up right where "The Curse of Frankenstein" left off. I think the premise is kind of brilliant: Dr. Frankenstein on the run, setting up shop in Germany. There's a lot of enjoyably macabre stuff here, from gravediggers to a flesh eating monkey (I wish they would have done more with the monkey, actually), all presented in rich technicolor. Despite these positives, I feel the movie suffers from some clumsy execution (plot holes, etc.) which prevent it from being truly great.
½ October 17, 2010
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.
½ August 6, 2010
Dr Frankenstein escapes the guillotine and assumes the mantle of Dr Stein in the city of Carlsbruck where he sets up a popular medical practice amongst patients. This also gives him a chance to continue his experiments and to correct the mistakes he made with his original creature. Helping him is a willing medical student Dr Hans Kleve. His hunchback helper Karl is given a chance to have a new body that Dr Stein has built by transplating his brain into it. Things go well initially but then after he's set free by a woman, his bloodlust comes to the surface.

One of Hammer Studios' best movies and the follow-up to Curse of Frankenstein. Peter Cushing in on top form as Dr Frankenstein. The story is great, which is the main reason why this movie works out so well. It also helps to make this movie one of the better ones out of the long line of Hammer Frankenstein movies. It has many of the components of traditional Hammer horror (secret labs full of bubbling beakers,foggy streets and of course another great performance by Peter Cushing), but it also has a surprisingly gentle monster whose story is as much sad as it is horrifying. A must-see for the Hammer fans, mainly thanks to its well written story.
½ August 6, 2010
Dr Frankenstein escapes the guillotine and assumes the mantle of Dr Stein in the city of Carlsbruck where he sets up a popular medical practice amongst patients. This also gives him a chance to continue his experiments and to correct the mistakes he made with his original creature. Helping him is a willing medical student Dr Hans Kleve. His hunchback helper Karl is given a chance to have a new body that Dr Stein has built by transplating his brain into it. Things go well initially but then after he's set free by a woman, his bloodlust comes to the surface.

One of Hammer Studios' best movies and the follow-up to Curse of Frankenstein. Peter Cushing in on top form as Dr Frankenstein. The story is great, which is the main reason why this movie works out so well. It also helps to make this movie one of the better ones out of the long line of Hammer Frankenstein movies. It has many of the components of traditional Hammer horror (secret labs full of bubbling beakers,foggy streets and of course another great performance by Peter Cushing), but it also has a surprisingly gentle monster whose story is as much sad as it is horrifying. A must-see for the Hammer fans, mainly thanks to its well written story.
April 20, 2010
Picks up where Curse of Frankenstein left off (how Cushing escape the guillotine is still a mystery to me) Now Dr Stein Cushing learned from his mistakes a has another go @ building a man. I prefer Curse over this one because it had more malice but this one plays out just fine except there is no real Frankenstein monster. Rather he escapes @ is turned into a tragic cripple. A good Hammer addition just has more drama then horror
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