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Monday, April 8, 2013

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

The legend of Dr. Frankenstein has been told and retold many times with mixed results.  In this incarnation, Hammer Horror delivers the goods with an old fashioned horror extravaganza that is filled with gorgeous sets, impeccable acting and has a slightly different spin on the story.  In Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed [FMBD] we find Peter Cushing in fine form as  Baron Frankenstein, a role he has played before.  The good doctor, with the help of a young assistant and his fiance, attempt the impossible: to transfer the brain of his colleague into another body and, at the same, time, cure the patient's mental illness.  

Peter Cushing [Star Wars, Horror of Dracula] is great as Frankenstein.  He is always such a powerful and passionate actor who bring his considerable skills to every role he undertakes.  Simon Ward [Zulu Dawn, The Three Musketeers] plays his faithful assistant Karl and Veronica Carlson [The Horror of Frankenstein, Dracula Has Risen From the Grave] plays his fiance Anna.  Both are quite good and work very well with Cushing.

Director Terence Fisher [The Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula] simply knows how to make great horror films.  The pacing is good and there are lots of moments filled with tension and suspense.  Kudos to the set and costume designers for their beautiful work on this film that furthers the reputation of Hammer as one of the finest studios, horror or otherwise. 

There is nothing to dislike in FMBD.  Enjoy this entertaining and well-made film.

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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