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The Curse of Frankenstein

Peter Cushing , Hazel Court , Terence Fisher    Unrated   DVD
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Britain's Hammer Studios had been making films for decades before they suddenly redefined themselves with this lurid remake of the Universal Studios horror classic. Prohibited by Universal from copying their blocky makeup (and their script, for that matter), Hammer returned to Mary Shelley's novel for inspiration, and then went in its own direction. Peter Cushing plays Dr. Frankenstein as the rational scientist turned cold-blooded criminal in his campaign to discover the secret of life, committing murder to further his ends, or to remove an inconvenient mistress. Christopher Lee is the pitiable creature, a terrified behemoth more innocent newborn than malevolent monster. His pale, pallid, grotesquely scarred face was so thickly applied that he emotes almost exclusively with his eyes and his awkward, stumbling gestures. The not-so-good Dr. Frankenstein is the true monster, a ruthless scientist whose rejection of superstition extends to all moral considerations. Shot in blood-red color by Hammer stalwart Terence Fisher, the stylish, often salacious film became Hammer's biggest success to date, made horror stars out of the classically trained Cushing and Lee, and transformed the B studio into the Hammer we know and love today: the house that dripped blood. The Horror of Dracula immediately followed, reuniting the winning team of Cushing and Lee, and Cushing returned in four of six Frankenstein sequels. --Sean Axmaker

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In this re-telling of the classic horror tale, Baron Victor Frankenstein becomes friends with one of his teachers, Paul Krempe. At first, both men are fascinated by the potential of their re-animating experiments. Eventually, though, Krempe refuses to help with Frankenstien's human experiments. However, he is drawn back into the plot when Frankenstein's creature kills a member of the house staff.

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5.0 out of 5 stars curse of frankenstein Nov. 27 2010
very good story very gory for it time. peter cushing is wonderful .it,s the best of the hammer frankenstein films.
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The Curse of Frankenstein was the first of the many gothic horrors for which the Hammer Studios became renowned, and it remains one of the best.
Fisher's seminal film contains all the sophistication, irony and terror that made the Hammer Frankenstein series so successful and memorable. Peter Cushing plays the villianous Baron magnificently, and Christopher Lee presents us with an original and sympathetic portrayal of the creature. Production design is stunning, especially some of the lush matte paintings, and veteran James Bernard supplies one of his best scores.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential DVD for Horror Fans. June 17 2004
Shot in colour and released in 1957, "The Curse of Frankenstein" is, of course, the film that made Hammer Films a household name for horror/thriller movie fans all over the world. To fully appreciate the importance and impact of "Curse", you have to look at it in the context of the time when it was made. By the mid-fifties, horror films had long passed their peak in Hollywood--certainly in terms of quality. Black and white "quickies", with almost no budget, were being churned out for teenagers to watch at the drive-in ( at least, those who were watching the screen ! ) Shlock-masters like Roger Corman and Bert Gordon were turning out "masterpieces" like "The Wasp Woman" and "The Amazing Colossal Man".
Suddenly, we have a small studio in England, making a horror film with excellent production values, gorgeously creepy sets, fine costumes, professional actors and a talented director, Terence Fisher. At the same time, along with a classy look, you add liberal amounts of gore ( certainly by 1950s standards ), and a couple of voluptuous "damsels in distress" who can scream lustily when they encounter the monster. It was a winning formula that Hammer would raise to an art form.
Peter Cushing plays Baron Von Frankenstein, and his terrific performance dominates the film. His character goes through quite a transformation from curious scientist to an obsessive fiend, determined to "create life" at, literally, any cost. His mentor/friend Paul Krempe ( Robert Urquhart )is an enthusiastic assistant at first, but soon becomes alienated by the Baron's frantic and ultimately murderous behaviour. Sometimes body parts are easily available--sometimes you have to be "creative" in obtaining them !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brith of Frankenstein May 27 2004
By Ned
This was the breakthrough movie for Hammer studios and caused a storm of outrage among the critics. Peter Cushing is the Baron and he so completely absorbed in his project where he thinks of nothing else. Christopher Lee has the role of the creature. Because the creature is mute, Lee was able to convey emotional turmoil through physical gestures.
In Hammer's version of Frankenstein it is the Baron that is kept alive from film to film in contrast to Universal's version where the creature was kept alive through the series.
This was the 1st British horror movie in color.
The next film in the series is The Revenge of Frankenstein.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer's first Frankenstein May 23 2004
By Fabiola
THe Curse of Frankenstein is quite an interesting film that borrows plots from both the novel and Universal's classic. The only thing here that is superior to Universal's Frankenstein is Peter Cushing. His performance as Dr. Frankenstein is uncanny, with the right amount of both evil and good. Sure, he's a [bad], but you still end up liking him! Christopher Lee's Creature, on the other hand, isn't as iconic as Boris Karloff's, and the look is pretty forgettable. There is no sympathy felt for this monster. At least The women are excellent.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Creature Feature March 25 2004
The Curse of Frankenstein could never rank as one of the best versions of Mary Shelley's novel. Even without the Karloff make-up it borrowed too much from the Universal classic, particularly emphasizing the monster's transplanted brain. Stitches were never seen on the critter until the Karloff version, and Hammer had the stitches too. Christopher Lee, who once referred to his character as a walking road accident, did less in the part than the young actor in I Was a Teenaged Frankenstein. There was no sense of pathos like in the Karloff version, or the wronged being of the novel. He killed just because that was part of the formula of creature features. The monster of the book was romantic, thoughtful, intellectual and more. He even had a sense of humor. When Victor Frankenstein tells him to remove his detested form from his eyes, he places his hands over the young scientist's eyes and says, "Thus I relieve thee my creator." All Hammer Studios had was all the guts we would have loved to have in our childhood Halloween houses, but we had to settle for grapes for eyeballs, and spaghetti for brains. The main value in this movie is the introduction of Peter Cushing as a horror actor and Terence Fisher as a horror director.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1st Hammer thriller March 16 2004
"Curse of Frankenstein" is the first Hammer Studios horror movie of note. It maked horror icons out of Peter Crushing and Christopher Lee. Dr. Frankenstein (Crushing) is determined to defy God and make a life on his own. He takes bodies from here and there and makes 'the monster' (Lee). The drama is better than you'd think, if just shy of over dramatic. This is the first 'gore' movie (though it falls short of disturbing by today's standards). Crushing is good as the single minded doctor. He created the evil geniues stereo type that is immitated over and over again (Jeffery Combs' Herbert West is the best immitator). Lee is also good as the confused monster, although his role isn't as showy. Another must for any fan of horror, and if your interested in what may have inspired Tim Burton.
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