The Evil of Frankenstein – UK, 1964

‘Like you’ve never been shocked, shocked, shocked before!’

The Evil of Frankenstein is a 1964 British science fiction horror feature film directed by Freddie Francis (Craze; Torture Garden; The Skull; et al) from a screenplay by producer Anthony Hinds [as John Elder]. The Hammer Films production stars Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe, Duncan Lamont and Sandor Elès.

Plot:

Dr. Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) returns destitute to his home town to recommence his experimental research into the reanimation of dead tissue, and stumbles upon his old monster suspended in ice.

Though he revives the creature, Frankenstein has to seek the assistance of hypnotist Zoltan (Peter Woodthorpe) to repair its mind. Zoltan then assumes control of the monster, using him to wreak havoc. When Frankenstein tries to regain power over his creation, he becomes Zoltan’s next target…

Reviews:

” …the Monster’s make-up verges on the ludicrous.” Howard Maxford, The A-Z of Horror Films, Batsford, 1996

“It will certainly keep most casual classic horror fans entertained, and will probably please most Hammer fans. Give it a shot. It doesn’t break many barriers and is nothing you haven’t already seen before, but it’s certainly more solid than most second sequels and proves to be a very enjoyable ride.” Classic-Horror

“The make-up just doesn’t look right on a Hammer creation for a start – its forehead looks like glue and oatmeal and its big, bulky shoes make it somewhat of a comedic sight to behold. The other monsters in the series were a lot more believable because they didn’t use Pierce’s make-up and the designers…” Daily Dead

“From a style and design point of view, The Evil of Frankenstein is beautiful to behold […] The lighting is exquisite, and the performances are hammy and melodramatic to some extent (actually completely overdone in scene chomper Peter Woodthorpe), but it suits the film to a ‘T’.” Digital Retribution

“Production designer Don Mingaye and special effects man Les Bowie collaborate to come up with not one but two of the series very best creation sequences, with lightning bolts and generator coils crashing in the best Kenneth Strickfaden tradition. On the whole, The Evil of Frankenstein is a Hammer Frankenstein entry that is well worth re-evaluation.” Moria

“Not as memorable as either of its predecessors, or as creative as the following entry in the series (1965’s Frankenstein Created Woman), but fun nonetheless. We can take or leave the Karloff-style makeup for this outing, but by now Cushing had settled most comfortably into the role of the hubristic Frankenstein and proves he still delivers the goods.” The Terror Trap

” …it’s certainly worthwhile, because at this point Hammer’s template still demanded sober telling and decent acting. Evil manages to be quite entertaining even whilst being one of the least worthy early Hammer productions, because it is well-produced by Hammer standards, whilst retaining the studio’s crisp, no-nonsense solidity in settings and lustrous colour.” This Island Rod

Cast and characters:

  • Peter Cushing … Baron Frankenstein
  • Peter Woodthorpe … Zoltan
  • Duncan Lamont … Chief of Police
  • Sandor Elès … Hans
  • Katy Wild … Beggar Girl
  • David Hutcheson … Burgomaster
  • James Maxwell … Priest
  • Howard Goorney … Drunk
  • Anthony Blackshaw … Policeman
  • David Conville … Policeman
  • Caron Gardner … Burgomaster’s Wife
  • Kiwi Kingston … The Creature
  • Tony Arpino … Body Snatcher (uncredited)
  • Timothy Bateson … Hypnotised Man (uncredited)
  • Robert Flynn … Roustabout (uncredited)
  • Frank Forsyth … Manservant (uncredited)
  • James Garfield … Roustabout (uncredited)
  • Steven Geray … Dr. Sergado (additional sequence: US) (uncredited)
  • Patrick Horgan … David Carrell (uncredited)
  • Kenneth Kove … Curé (uncredited)
  • Derek Martin … Roustabout (uncredited)
  • Maria Palmer … Rena’s Mother (additional sequence: US) (uncredited)
  • William Phipps … Rena’s Father (additional sequence: US) (uncredited)
  • Anthony Poole … Roustabout (uncredited)
  • Michelle Scott … Little Girl (uncredited)
  • Tracy Stratford … Rena as a Child (additional sequence: US) (uncredited)
  • Alister Williamson … Landlord (uncredited)
  • Fred Wood … Karlstaad Pedestrian (uncredited)

Filming locations and duration:

  • Black Park, Wexham, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Bray Studios, Down Place, Oakley Green, Berkshire, England
  • Oakley Court, Windsor Road, Oakley Green, Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • 14 October 1963 to 16 November 1963

Technical credits:

84 minutes | 1.85: 1 | Eastmancolor

Trivia:

The Evil of Frankenstein‘s running time was too short for a two-hour network TV slot, so Universal added thirteen minutes of additional footage.

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