Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

Director: Terence Fisher

Starring: Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones, Simon Ward, Thorley Walters

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Most Frightening Frankenstein Movie Ever!

Plot: Baron Frankenstein travels to a new town to meet Dr. Brandt with whom his has been corresponding and with whom he had hoped to collaborate. He arrives however to learn that Brandt is in a mental institution, having lost his mind completely. He takes a room in a boarding house run by the pretty young Anna who just happens to be engaged to Karl, a doctor who works at the asylum where Dr. Brandt is being kept. When Frankenstein learns that Karl has been stealing drugs, he blackmails him and Anna to work as his assistants. He is desperate to learn a secret that Brandt was going to share with him and kidnaps him with the intent of extracting that secret by transplanting his brain into another body.

My rating: 9/10

Will I watch it again? OMFG YES!

#38 on Hammer Horror (1957-1976)

That tagline is pretty fucking accurate! This is one crackerjack of a story and one of Cushing's finest moments. He is one evil, conniving son of a bitch! Damn, this guy's focused! FMBD has another knockout James Bernard Score. As always the Gothic look is superb, the costumes, pacing, sharp as glass dialogue, everything is firing on all cylinders. And the ending! WOW! It's an edge of your seat nail biter. After that last Hammer Frankenstein picture I thought they were running out of steam but this one takes the cake and it's now my favorite of the lot. It's dark, it's mean and it's great horror cinema fun from start to finish.

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