Friday, August 28, 2009

Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974)

A young doctor with similar morbid fascinations is sentenced to prison beside his mentor, Baron Victor Frankenstein, as the two 'borrow' bits and pieces of the inmates to create a new creature whose strength is only rivaled by his intelligence! This final entry in the Hammer Frankenstein run shows no signs of wear as such, and offers the same enamoring sets, colorful acting, and Gothic horror as each of its predecessors. Peter Cushing plays a much more subdued Frankenstein for most of the film, that is until his new plot is revealed and he drops his calm and collected demeanor to become the crazed scientist that has been developed since CURSE. His new assistant (as played by Shane Briant) acts as a counter-balance to his cruel intentions, offering reason and empathy when dealing with the demon spawned by Frankenstein's recent work. The monster itself garners a crude sympathy with the audience, since it lacks the will to live and curses Frankenstein for having created it. As compared to several of the earlier entries, the gore and violence are both minimal, but the story is entertaining and as well played as any other Hammer production. The one hang-up is just that after six films, not much has changed in the standard formula that made the series successful. Absolutely recommended to any Hammer or classic Gothic horror fans!

Rating: 8/10.
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6 comments:

  1. I just watched this one for the first Tuesday night, and really enjoyed it. Peter Cushing was awesome as usual and he had some awesome jackets that I would love to have as a Halloween costume.

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  2. Glad you guys liked this one, it was probably my favorite of the sequels!

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  3. This is one of my faves of the series, but the one I love the most is FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED. It has some great performances in it and Cushing is more evil than all his other Baron roles put together. He even rapes Veronica Carlson's character for crying out loud.

    MONSTER FROM HELL is pretty much poverty row Hammer compared with there 60's films, but the dark humor and exploitation elements make it shine, IMO. The added gore and the suture scene in the uncut version make it a little more interesting, too.

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  4. Dang only saw the rated American release on the DVD I picked up, maybe Youtube will come to the rescue!

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  5. The longest piece is the scene where Frankenstein sews the creatures hand with his teeth(!)

    Other bits come at the end such as a bit more gore of the asylum manager bleeding after being stabbed in the throat and a lot more of the crazies tearing the creature to pieces and eating portions of him, too.

    Even the cut version released here is still gorier than the average Hammer movie, but tame by today's standards.

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