Posts Tagged ‘The Curse Of Frankenstein’

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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christopher_lee1When you think of Hammer films and the role of Dracula, you think of Sir Christopher Lee. When you think of the The Lord Of The Ring or The Hobbit franchise, you think of Sir Christopher Lee. When you think of the first episodes of Star Wars, you’ll think of Sir Christopher Lee, the iconic English born actor or at least I will. So, it is with great sadness that I report that Sir Christopher Lee has passed away at the age of 93 after suffering from heart and respiratory problems. The man was so iconic that he starred in 206 films (with one still scheduled for release), countless TV Movie, Miniseries, and Television show appearances, video games, and he even had a couple of metal albums that were released as well. The man accomplished everything in the film business with some of the film franchises I named above as well as the fact that he was a Bond villain in The Man With The Golden Gun. He also made appearances in some of my favorite films like Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Sleepy Hollow, Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf, The Wicker Man, The Satanic Rite Of Dracula, Dracula A.D. 1972, The Mummy (1959), The Curse Of Frankenstein, The Face Of Fu Manchu, and so many more. The man spanned many generations and was an icon of film for not just your grandparents, but for their grand kids as well which is an amazing feet that not too many have accomplished since Sir Christopher Lee. He will be forever missed. R.I.P. Sir Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

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4969You can’t have Halloween without one of the most classic albums from one of the masters of horror metal in Rob Zombie as I present the last album he recorded with his former band White Zombie. The full album title is Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head, but for time purposes we just simply call it Asto-Creep: 2000. It was the first album to feature John Tempesta on drums while this was the second album to feature Rob Zombie (Vocals), Sean Yseult (Bass), and J. (Guitars) together. The album was a big step in a different direction for the band as they changed to a more industrial metal sound than the groove metal sounds of the first Geffen record. They also tuned down their guitars from the standard E tuning to a dropped C to give it a chugging and darker sound. When asked which of the two albums he prefers, Rob chose this one saying, “I was never that happy with it [La Sexorcisto]. In some respects, it was probably the best thing we could do at the time under the circumstances; and that this record was exactly what we wanted it to sound like.”

MI0002359052The first song on the record is Electric Head Pt. 1 (The Agony) which starts with the famous line of “Perhaps you had better start from the beginning” which is from The Curse Of Frankenstein. The before you know the chaos begins like a scene in a horror film where the music builds up when the killer is on the loose and then the song comes charging like a hot rod going 200 MPH. Super Charger Heaven is the next track and it begins with a line from The Haunting before the deep chugging sound kicks in that you feel deep in your gut while singing devil man along with Rob. Real Solution #9 has the famous lines of I’m Already Dead (which is the last words Sharon Tate said to her killers) and burn an X in your head which all came from one of the Manson girls during an interview from Primetime with Diane Sawyer. Then the industrial styled beats start to kick in before the guitars take over as J. slides his hand up and down the fretboard like he does in another track. Rob throughout the song sound slike he is singing through a megaphone or he could be sticking his hand in front of the mic. I love the palm muting style of Creature Of The Wheel that sounds like total sludge metal with the drums coming in like a machinegun. Electric Head Pt 2 (The Ecstasy) starts with a quote from Shaft and it’s one of the most badass harder than hell tracks on the record that’ll make you headbang till your head falls off. Grease Paint And Monkey Brains starts with a carnival like sounds before the rhythm section comes in harmony like thunder in the sky and then it gets calm before it starts right up again. I, Zombie is next in line and it’s just complete madness from beginning to end as it has that chaos feel to it like you were running away from zombies.

astro-creep-2000-songs-of-love-destruction-and-other-synthet-4f481cc27ec88More Human Than Human which just might be the most famous track on the album with it’s techno like beats before J. does that sliding the hand on the fretboard action again then the track for the most part is bass driven.  El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama is a complete metal driven juggernaut with an awesome funky riff through most of the track. Blur The Technicolor starts off with a very primal jungle beat before the guitars come in reminding a little of Black Sunshine where Rob’s punk influence is evident. Blood, Milk, And Sky is one of my favorite tracks on the record for how trippy it is and in the way that Rob sings it as well as the ominous sounds you hear during the song. The chugs of the guitar is what attracted me to the song because it’s so heavy. I feel that the hidden track Where the Sidewalk Ends, the Bug Parade Begins is just a reprise of the last track as it’s just an instrumental. I love this album and subsequently it’s the best selling White Zombie album to date. Unfortunately, it’s the last studio album we would get from them as Rob would go on to have a very successful solo career also including the film career. I am giving this album 4.5 stars out of five cause it kicks that much ass.