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The 7th and final film in Hammers Frankenstein franchise, that ends the series on a strong note surprisingly for a series that was 17 years old by this point. Cushing is on fine form as ever and bounces brilliantly off young Shane Briant as the two continue the Barons work inside an asylum. The Baron has once again faked his death and is now working as the resident Doctor in the asylum to which he had been committed, it is to here that Simon Helder, Briant, is sent after following in the Barons footsteps. Together the pair continue the Barons work assembling a 'monster' from various parts of some of the asylums residents. Par for the course, for Frankenstein films all goes swimmingly until they don't when the 'monster' breaks out inside the asylum going on a killing rampage before finally being torn limb from limb by the inmates. The only real let down of the film is the monster itself, the makeup just doesn't work and it seems as though the makeup team have over stretched themselves on this occasion. All in all though a superior piece of Hammer horror that ends upon an upbeat note with The Baron preparing to begin his experiments anew, sadly there were to be no more films in the series. Incidentally this was the last film directed by Terence Fisher one of Hammers great directors.
On the outside it looks like a Syfy or Asylum Z-grade horror flick, however hopes are high as it is produced by Universal sadly this is largely a misfire with a few enjoyable moments dotted throughout the running time but you'll spend most of the running time thinking of the better films its rips off.
In recent years Luc Besson films have been a lot more enjoyable of late when he's not been directing them and this is no exception. Guy Pearce steps into a rare action role and channels 'Snake' Plissken is what is an 'Escape from...' film in everything but name only. OTT but very watchable and quite a bit of fun.
A nice atmospheric horror, in the tradition of Children Of The Corn or Wicker Man with its combination of rural setting and the lengths people will go to in the name of their faith. Its just a shame that the main cast are just so bland that stops this film from raising above other run of the mill horror.
Though it has one or two moments that are genuinely creepy, along with dispensing from the usual bandaged wrapped shenanigans, this is a pretty uninvolving feature from Hammer, held together by occasional 'Bond Girl' Valerie Leon.