IMG_3946For today’s Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I decided to check out the classic Hammer Film The Curse Of Frankenstein on my TCM App on my iPhone. When the movie begins, we see a priest (Alex Gallier) going into a jail cell to meet with someone at their request. That person happens to be Baron Victor Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) and he wants to tell his side of the story in hopes that the priest will believe him. He tells the priest the story of how exactly he came to be inspired throughout his life with experiments that will ultimately lead to the greatest creation ever known. That is until his creation “The Monster” (Christopher Lee) goes haywire and they have to destroy it. The film also stars Hazel Court (The Masque Of Red Death) as Elizabeth, Robert Urquhart (Murder At The Gallop) as Paul Krempe, Melvyn Hayes (Summer Holiday) as Young Victor, Paul Hardtmuth (Doctor Blood’s Coffin) as Professor Bernstein, Fred Johnson (City Of The Dead) as Grandpa, Michael Mulcaster (The Hound Of The Baskervilles) as Warder, and the film was directed by Terence Fisher (Dracula: Prince Of Darkness).

IMG_3949You know when you watch a Hammer horror film that you are watching something as special as a Shakespearean play because it feels that fancy. That is why I try to watch a Hammer film every year for this blog like I have in past years. Maybe, it’s the English accents or maybe its the way they can take a story and make it their own and not just a copy of the same old story. Whatever the case may be, the film was definitely well presented and the story was just phenomenal as well as the acting. The late and great Christopher Lee does a great job as the monster and he plays a grotesque looking one as well. Peter Cushing did a magnificent job as well as our lead character Victor Frankenstein and I have to say I couldn’t have asked for a better cast. The scenery for the film is very limited, but some of the sets they use are really good especially in the tomb.The film isn’t very long so it moves along very well and it never gets boring and it’s clever. I definitely recommend this film to anyone who is either a fan of these old stories or a fan of the Hammer films. As you can see, I was a huge fan of the film which is why I am giving it an A for a final grade.


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