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Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

Hammer Horror takes on the Frankenstein story with mixed results.  Yes, it's impeccably filmed and well acted.  However, I just couldn't get too excited over it.  Why?  First of all, the make up on The Monster doesn't work very well.  It looks like he has a box of Kleenex tissue decoupaged to his head.  Furthermore, because of the way the make-up is applied, the face is permanently fixed and there is no way the actor can express emotion.  Jack Pierce did it MUCH better for Universal in the original Frankenstein.  The result in Evil of Frankenstein is that you have absolutely no sympathy for the Monster whatsoever.  He just stumbles around the set throwing things at people.  Ho-hum.
Secondly, even the great Peter Cushing cannot make this story interesting.  He gave it all the passion he could muster but this version of Frankenstein is simply a retread and brings nothing new to the table.  It may be well acted but it's just not that interesting of a story.
There are better versions of Frankenstein out there.  Unless you're a dye hard fan of this sub genre of horror, you can skip this one.  There are far better options for your viewing pleasure.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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