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!
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