The Horror of Frankenstein

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The Horror of Frankenstein – aka Horror of Frankenstein  is a 1970 British horror feature film produced and directed by Jimmy Sangster from a screenplay co-written with Jeremy Burnham, it is both a semi-parody and remake of the 1957 classic The Curse of Frankenstein.

The original music score was composed by Malcolm Williamson.

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The Hammer Films-EMI production stars Ralph Bates, Kate O’Mara, Veronica Carlson, Dennis Price, Jon Finch and David Prowse as the monster.

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Scream Factory is releasing The Horror of Frankenstein on Blu-ray on August 20, 2019. It will be presented in two aspect ratios: 1.66:1 and 1.85:1. Special features:

  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck (new)
  • Audio commentary with director/co-writer Jimmy Sangster and Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn
  • Interview with director/co-writer Jimmy Sangster (new)
  • Interview with actress Veronica Carlson (new)
  • Interview with assistant director Nicholas Granby (new)
  • Gallows Humor: Inside the Horror of Frankenstein
  • Frankenstein, Dracula and Me: A Conversation with Veronica Carlson
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Still gallery

Plot:

Victor Frankenstein (Ralph Bates), a cold, arrogant and womanising genius, is angry when his father forbids him to continue his anatomy experiments. He ruthlessly murders his father by sabotaging the old man’s shotgun, consequently inheriting the title of Baron von Frankenstein and the family fortune. He uses the money to enter medical school in Vienna, but is forced to return home when he impregnates the daughter of the Dean.

Returning to his own castle, he sets up a laboratory and starts a series of experiments involving the revival of the dead. He eventually builds a composite body from human parts, which he then brings to life. The creature goes on a homicidal rampage…

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Reviews:

” …the whole shebang finishes on possibly the worst ending ever. In fact, it doesn’t end at all. The only good thing you could possibly say about it is there’s no huge, all engulfing fire, like all the rest. No blood, no violence, no point, no way of getting that 90 minutes of your life back.” British Horror Films

“What Horror of Frankenstein really needed, given its “modern” spin on the tale, was a good dose of nudity and/or gore to keep things lively. Sadly, it contains none of the former and very little of the latter. Casual horror fans will likely be bored to death.” Eccentric Cinema

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Cast and characters:

  • Ralph Bates … Baron Victor Frankenstein
  • Kate O’Mara … Alys
  • Veronica Carlson … Elizabeth Heiss
  • Dennis Price … The Graverobber
  • Jon Finch … Lieutenant Henry Becker
  • Bernard Archard … Professor Heiss
  • Graham James … Wilhelm Kassner
  • James Hayter … Bailiff
  • Joan Rice … Graverobber’s wife
  • Stephen Turner … Stephan
  • Neil Wilson … Schoolmaster
  • James Cossins … Dean
  • Glenys O’Brien … Maggie
  • Geoffrey Lumsden … Instructor
  • Chris Lethbridge-Baker … Priest
  • Terry Duggan … First Bandit
  • George Belbin … Baron Frankenstein
  • Hal Jeayes … Woodsman
  • Carol Jeayes … Woodsman’s Daughter
  • Michael Goldie … Workman
  • David Prowse … The Monster

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