The Evil of Frankenstein
|The Evil of Frankenstein|
|Directed by||Freddie Francis|
|Produced by||Anthony Hinds|
|Written by||John Elder|
|Music by||Don Banks|
|Distributed by||Hammer Film Productions|
|Release date(s)||8 May 1964 (USA)|
|Running time||84 min.|
The Evil of Frankenstein is a 1964 British Hammer Film Productions film directed by Freddie Francis. It stars Peter Cushing and New Zealand wrestler Kiwi Kingston. The film's version of the Monster is noted for resembling the one in Universal Pictures' original Frankenstein series of the 1930s and 1940s, including the distinctive laboratory sets as well as the flat-headed look of Jack Pierce's monster make-up which had been designed for Boris Karloff. Earlier Frankenstein films by Hammer had studiously avoided such similarities for copyright reasons. However, a new film distribution deal had been made between Hammer and Universal. As a result, Hammer had free rein to duplicate make-up and set elements.
The plot revolves around Baron Frankenstein, who revives his original creation after discovering it frozen in a glacier. After an evil hypnotist named Zoltan interferes, chaos ensues. The film ends with the Baron and his creation being destroyed in a fire.
- Peter Cushing as Baron Victor Frankenstein
- Peter Woodthorpe as Zoltan
- Duncan Lamont as Chief of Police
- Sandor Elès as Hans
- Katy Wild as Rena the Begger Girl
- David Hutcheson as Burgomaster of Karlstaad
- James Maxwell as Priest
- Howard Goorney as Drunk
- Anthony Blackshaw as Policeman
- David Conville as Policeman
- Caron Gardner as Burgomaster's Wife
- Kiwi Kingston as the Creature
The film breaks continuity from the preceding film, The Revenge of Frankenstein, and starts a new saga of Hammer Frankenstein films. The Revenge of Frankenstein ended with the Baron badly beaten, and his brain transplanted into an identical body of his which he had made earlier and flees to London with his assistant, Dr. Hans Kleve, where Frankenstein assumed the alias 'Dr. Franck'. From the start of The Evil of Frankenstein, the Baron has somehow returned to Eastern Europe with a new assistant, Hans, and has already begun work on a new Creature.
Allmovie's review of the film was mixed to negative, calling it "dismal" and "the worst of Hammer Films' Frankenstein series". Other reviews have been more merciful in their reception. The film currently holds a three star rating (6/10) on IMDb and an average 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Home video release
In North America, the film was released on 6 September 2005 along with seven other Hammer horror films on the 4-DVD set The Hammer Horror Series (ASIN: B0009X770O), which is part of MCA-Universal's Franchise Collection.