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The Evil of Frankenstein (1964 England)

 
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 12:44 pm    Post subject: The Evil of Frankenstein (1964 England) Reply with quote




The third film in Hammer studio's resurrection of the classic Universal horror genre isn't the best of the bunch, but it does have its moments.

Peter Cushing is the famous doctor again, returning to the Old Country after a disapproving priest destroys Cushing's lab. He learns that his ancestral castle has been looted by the local folk.

Cushing and his assistant (Sandor Eles) meet a mute peasant girl (Kathy Wild) who takes them to her cave dwelling where they find the frozen monster. Kiwi Kingston portrays the monster, wearing makeup that looks like a crude caricature of the Karloff version, complete with a huge square head and a line of stitches the size of boot laces running across the top of his head from ear to ear.

Even after they thaw him out, the monster remains in a coma, so Cushing seeks the aid of a mesmerist (Peter Woodthorpe), who uses hypnosis to reactivate the monster's brain.

But Woodthorpe secretly utilizes the monster to commit a series of revenge murders on the locals. (If I had a nickle for every time somebody did [i]that]/i] . . . )

Directed by Freddie Francis, unlike most of the Cushing/Hammer horror films, which were skillfully handled by Terence Fisher.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A rip-roaring good trailer for this beloved movie, better than some of the British trailers I've seen. If you're a Hammer fan, this will have you popping in your DVD of the movie right after dinner. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There are only six IMDB trivia items for this movie, but a few of them are interesting.
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According to the Blu-ray's 'making of' featurette, Peter Cushing (Victor Frankenstein) is vigorously cutting away at a cabbage during the title sequence. It was originally used to emulate the crunching sound of slicing through bone, but this was eventually censored with the title music.

Cushing, being very adamant on the technical details of his performance, always demanded the presence of technical advisors on set. During the surgical sequences, he wanted to make sure he used the scalpel correctly. He was also quoted to "want to convince any doctors in the audience".


Note from me: I admire Cushing for being so dedicated to the quality of his performance.

When first shown on television in 1968, some theatrical scenes were replaced by less intense scenes filmed by another director and with extra actors included.

Note from me: I don't think I heard of another movie doing this. Scenes are often cut out for television, but filming TV versions of certain scenes is unusual.

In The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Hammer were barred from copying any details from the Universal films of the 1930s and '40s, including the famous monster make-up. This film, however, was distributed by Universal, and so Hammer had free rein to copy elements from the Universal franchise, most noticeably the creature's make-up and the laboratory sets.

Note from me: I'll confess that I'm not overly impressed with the makeup in the earlier films. But the makeup in this one is too much like a caricature of the Karloff makeup.

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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2019 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, apart from the square head look I can't believe any man ever born looked like that chalky monster!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:57 pm    Post subject: The Evil of Zoltan! Reply with quote

The Evil of Frankenstein is directed by Freddie Francis and written by John Elder. It stars Peter Cushing, Sandor Eles, Peter Woodthorpe and Katy Wild. Music is by Don Banks and cinematography by John Wilcox.

Returning back to Karlstad after a ten year absence, Baron Frankenstein (Cushing) hopes that the town has forgotten his monstrous impact on the town previously. With assistant Hans (Eles) in tow, it's not long before the Baron stumbles upon his monster creation frozen in a glacier of ice...

Anything they don't understand, anything that doesn't conform to their stupid little pattern...they destroy.

With Hammer Films finally getting friendly with Universal Pictures, The Evil of Frankenstein forgets the two previous Hammer Frankenstein movies and goes for what is in all essence a rehash of Karloff's stomping days. That's not necessarily a bad thing if one can judge the film as a standalone movie? But creativity is sparse and it's left to the cast and technical department to create an above average Frankenstein movie.

Yep, it sure does look nice, with impressive costuming and well dressed sets, it's a Hammer movie for sure. Bank's score is also classic Hammer strains. Cushing gives his usual dose of quality, though he is a touch restrained here in terms of committed emotion, and you have to smile at his James Bond moment during one getaway scene while a buxom babe looks on with kinky lustation in her eyes. Elsewhere it's a safe turn of cast performances, with future Dad of Delboy Trotter, Woodthorpe, camping it up as the scheming and revenge fuelled hypnotist Zoltan, Wild isn't asked to do much, and neither is Eles, who seems to be in it for some continental flavour. Francis is no Terence Fisher, but he has a good visual flair and he can construct a very good action sequence, such as the excellent finale here.

There's problems for sure; familiarity of Frankenstein movies in general hurts, the make up for the creature is very poor, one back screen projection sequence is very cheap even by low grade Hammer standards, while some of the Baron's reactions to situations don't bear up to logical scrutiny. It's not hard to understand why it's a very divisive movie amongst the Hammer Horror faithful. Yet its merits hold up well and it never once sags or becomes tiring. Cushing, Wilcox and that finale ensure it's a decent night in by the fire. 6.5/10

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe that's why Reg Trotter left his sons in Peckham, Spike, to go to Karlstadt and learn hypnotism? When he got back to London in 1983 he looked like he was on the run from something didn't he!!!
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