The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

Article #120 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 7-14-2001
Posting date: 11-27-2001

Dr. Frankenstein revives an old creation of his, but employs a hypnotist to help establish a connection with his mind. The hypnotist uses the monster to take revenge on villagers who offended him.

One of the reasons I’m engaged in this movie-watching project is to take the time to familiarize myself with some types of movies of which I don’t have a working knowledge. This is my way of saying that I really don’t know the Hammer movies all that well; my local creature feature never ran the Hammer horrors, and ouside of the Quatermass series, I’ve never really made much of an effort to see and understand them. Hopefully, as this project of mine continues, I will see many more of them and gain a sense of their strengths and their world.

From the many comments I’ve read about this movie heretofore, I gather that this isn’t the place to start. After watching it, I felt neither elation nor disappointment; it seemed like nothing more than a pleasant way to kill an hour and a half. Peter Cushing was good, as usual, but on the downside, I didn’t feel the script brought anything new to the table; it all seemed like a standard horror-by-the-numbers story. Also, the monster makeup was crummy, but I have to admit that I have yet to find a Frankenstein monster whose makeup was anywhere near as interesting as that of the original Jack Pierce creation.

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