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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
The Most Frightening Frankenstein Movie Ever!
Blackmailing a young couple to assist with his horrific experiments the Baron, desperate for vital medical data, abducts a man from an insane asylum. On route the abductee dies and the Baron and his assistant transplant his brain into a corpse. The creature is tormented by a trapped soul in an alien shell and, after a visit to his wife who violently rejects his monstrous form, the creature wrecks his revenge on the perpetrator of his misery: Baron Frankenstein.
I have become the victim of everything that Frankenstein and I ever advocated. My brain is in someone else's body.
Here we have the fifth Frankenstein film staring Peter Cushing in the title role and the fourth to be directed by Terence Fisher. While Hammer Films' take on the Baron Frankenstein was quite different from Universal Studios, making each film quite unique from the last, this one is where the ideas come up a bit short.
The story here ends up being a bit of a patch work of previous themes we've seen before in the past four films. While the overall story is unique, the plot details are quite familiar, sometimes too much so. It also contains…
I was relieved when I discovered that no one involved saved the producers were interested in doing that rape scene; it's jarring, out-of-character, and offensive. It completely alters Frankenstein's character such that he goes from an obsessed and dangerous mad scientist to an outright psychopath; if the studios wanted sex in this that badly, there were better ways to do it. Hell, just give old Vic a love interest. It'd spice things up nicely. Instead, we have a very disappointing entry in a hit-or-miss series. There are so many ideas you can pull from the story of Frankenstein, but this film sorta settles back in on the lust for knowledge and Science! and doesn't offer much new.
October count: 43/31
Hammer horror count: 38/57
Peter Cushing’s Frankenstein finally completes his transformation from charming sociopathic antihero to irredeemable vicious bastard, even as Hammer’s crimson-and-cleavage Gothic formula starts to show its age in a more explicit era.
The opening of the fifth Hammer Frankenstein film positions the Baron closer to a giallo villain than a grave-robber. Low angles and careful framing transform Cushing into a faceless murderer in morning dress who wields a walking stick and a sickle with equal aplomb. A well-aimed slash turns a medical man trying to enter his office into an involuntary brain donor, splattering the victim’s nameplate with gore.
The stylish camera work (and dramatic irony) continues as Frankenstein returns to his own practice—a makeshift laboratory in an abandoned…
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Hoop-Tober 2.0 #30
Another fine film from Hammer and another great performance from legendary actor Peter Cushing. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a lot of fun until a misplaced and an uncharacteristic raped scene.
According to IMDB:The controversial rape scene was added at the last minute, after shooting was nearly complete, because Hammer studio head Sir James Carreras thought the film lacked "sex".
Peter Cushing deplored the inclusion of the rape scene and even apologized to his co-star Veronica Carlson.
Dr. Frankenstein is up to his old tricks. Murder, brain transplants and all that mad science stuff... In this one, he also adds blackmail and sexual assault.
Hoop-tober Film #28 (of 31)
Peter Cushing gives yet another stellar performance as Dr. Frankenstein here, as he gets to play the character even more outwardly villainous than usual (in the film's worst scene, one added over the objections of just about everyone involved).
Veronica Carlson plays the lovely Anna Spengler (a relative of Dr. Egon perhaps?), and gives a great performance as the terrified innkeeper; look for the garden scene to see what I'm talking about. Simon Ward as her lover, Karl, fares worse. The one weak link in the cast, he isn't given much to do, and doesn't do much with what he's given.
But it is Freddie Jones as "the creature" who gives the best performance in the film. The make-up effects aren't anywhere near as involved as Karloff's version, but this creature has a minimalist design and it is very effective, as is Jones' tortured portrayal.
And how about that finale? Damn good, visually and thematically.
Grande Peter Cushing en esta quinta entrega de las desventuras del barón. Cierto es que en cuanto a guión hay momentos que se les va la castaña... Nunca entenderé la violación de Frankenstein a Anna, más allá de que al señor Carreras le pareciese que la peli tenía poco "sexo" (tela). Pero la dirección de Fisher la convierte en puro entretenimiento.
Boring and droll, not even Peter Cushing could save this movie...skip it at all costs...
This is the fifth Hammer Frankenstein film and, impressively, manages to establish more ethical mayhem for Peter Cushing’s mannered, moochy lab rat to stir up. Here he intends to capture one of his past colleagues, another scientist who’s gone mad and become locked up in an insane asylum. Frank resolves to cure him of his mental illness by installing his brain in another body and then resuming the research the two had initiated, without any concern whatsoever that his latest subject may adjust to his new body reluctantly—which, of course, he does. Like many Frankenstein movies, it ends in fire.
"Had man not been given to invention and experiment, then tonight, sir, you would have eaten your dinner in a cave. You would've strewn the bones about the floor then wiped your fingers on a coat of animal skin. In fact, your lapels do look a bit greasy. Good night."
My favorite Hammer Frankenstein film. Got the new bluray of this and it looks just amazing. So great seeing these films is such glorious color.
I really like the Terence Fisher Hammer films and this was no exception. Peter Cushing plays Dr. Frankenstein and he's a straight up psycho. The make up effects aren't that great though. The monster is basically just a bald dude with a line drawn around his scalp.
Professor Richter: I have become the victim of everything that Frankenstein and I ever advocated. My brain is in someone else's body.
Professor Richter: I fancy that I am the spider and you are the fly, Frankenstein.
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Excellent entry in the Hammer/Frankenstein/Peter Cushing series that turned out to be one of my favorites. Frankenstein is not exactly involved in monster-making in this one so much as following through with his "research" on brain transplants. Being run out of his own country for past misdeeds, Frankenstein searches for a former comrade-in-medicine, but finds out that he is unfortunately terminally ill. He hatches a scheme to transfer his friend's brain into a another body. He blackmails a young couple (Simon Ward, Veronica Carlson) into aiding him. Needless to say, nothing goes exactly as planned for Frankenstein. Peter Cushing plays Frankenstein here as very ruthless. In fact, he's a complete bastard. He cares not one whit for anyone else, just…
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