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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

There seems to be no end to the variations and incarnations of the Frankenstein story.  In this version, we have the incomparable Peter Cushing [Star wars, Horror of Dracula] who would play the role of Baron Frankenstein a total of seven times in his career.  He’s always great in this role, bringing both warmth and intellect to the character.  Thankfully, Hammer Horror is also at the helm of this picture which means sets rich with detail, a collection of great actors and a strong soundtrack to support the mood of each scene.  Director Terence Fisher [Horror of Dracula, Curse of Frankenstein] is also on board and does a beautiful job with great scene composition, pacing and character development.

Unlike some films where the audience could care less about those on screen, save the monster, Frankenstein Created Woman has a heart-centered story which is due to a smart script and great performances from everyone in the cast.  The viewer is sucked into the story from the opening scene where a young boy witnesses the execution of his father.  Years later, this same boy [now a man] and a disfigured young woman take center stage in this horror drama.  It’s the perfect way to anchor the story and give it the emotional depth great films need.

This is not your typical Frankenstein story where the Baron is mad and the monster takes center stage.  This is a Baron who is pushing the limits of science and then employs that silence to try to make things right later in the story.

You can’t go wrong with Frankenstein Created Woman.  It is one of the best Frankenstein stories out there that relies less on horror and terror and more on story and character.  Don’t miss it.

RATING: Excellent

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

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