Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
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Directed by Terence Fisher
Produced by Anthony Nelson Keys
Written by Bert Batt
Starring Peter Cushing
Freddie Jones
Simon Ward
Veronica Carlson
Music by James Bernard
Cinematography Arthur Grant
Edited by Gordon Hales
Distributed by Hammer Studios
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Release dates
  • 22 May 1969 (1969-05-22)

  • 11 February 1970 (1970-02-11)
US
Running time
98 min/USA: 101 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office 586,439 admissions (France)[1]

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Film Productions from 1969. The cast includes Peter Cushing, Freddie Jones, Veronica Carlson and Simon Ward.[2] The film is the fifth in a series of Hammer films centering on Dr. Frankenstein, who, in this entry, tries brain surgery to save an associate who went mad.

Plot summary[edit]

The film begins with Baron Victor Frankenstein obtaining a brain for his next experiment, but he's surprised by a thief when he returns to his lab. The Baron destroys most of the evidence and moves on, with a haughty Police Inspector on his trail. He obtains a room at a boarding house run by Anna, whose fiance Karl is a doctor at the local insane asylum where a former scientific collaborator of the Baron's, who has lost his mind, now resides.

After discovering that Anna's fiance has been stealing narcotics in order to support her ailing mother, Frankenstein blackmails them into help kidnap the now insane Dr. Brandt so he can operate on his brain and cure him so the Baron may obtain his knowledge of brain transplantation. Unfortunately Dr. Brandt suffers a heart attack during the escape, necessitating a transfer of his brain into another body. The Baron and Karl then kidnap the asylum's director Professor Richter and transplants Brandt's brain into the Professor's body.

They bury Brandt's now worthless body in the garden, but a water main break almost gives up the game. The police also start searching every house in the area as well. Unfortunately Brandt's wife recognizes the Baron on the street, but he's able to convince her to give him time to heal her husband completely. After she leaves, Frankenstein forces Karl and Anna to help him escape with the Dr. Brandt/Richter "Creature."

While the Creature recovers, Frankenstein and the lovers relocate to a deserted manor house as the police begin to close in. The Creature awakens and is horrified by his appearance. He scares Anna who stabs him with a scalpel, and then escapes. Finding the Creature gone, Frankenstein kills Anna in a rage. The Creature makes it to his former home, but his wife refuses to accept him as her husband. Wanting revenge on Frankenstein, and knowing the Baron will eventually track him there, he allows his wife to go free and pours paraffin around the house.

Frankenstein soon arrives, followed by Karl, and they fight while the Creature while it sets the house alight, at one point stating:

"...You must choose between the flames and the police, Frankenstein..."'

The Creature knocks out Karl and carries Frankenstein into the burning house which quickly explodes into a raging inferno.....

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The scene where Frankenstein rapes Anna was filmed over the objections of both Peter Cushing and Veronica Carlson, and director Terence Fisher, who halted it when he felt enough was enough. It was not in the original script but the scene was added at the insistence of Hammer executive James Carreras, who was under pressure to keep American distributors happy. This explains why there is no mention of the rape subsequently by Anna or Frankenstein.[3][4][5][citation needed]

Welsh version[edit]

In 1978, the Welsh television station HTV Cymru/Wales broadcast a version dubbed into the Welsh language called Rhaid Dinistrio Frankenstein, a more-or-less literal translation of the English title. This was one of three films that were dubbed into Welsh, another being Shane, with Alan Ladd. Both these were rebroadcast on the new Welsh language channel S4C on its launch in 1982.[6][citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Like its predecessor, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed currently holds an average 60% on Rotten Tomatoes.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Box office information for Terence Fisher films in France at Box office Story
  2. ^ "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  3. ^ "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed - Terence Fisher, Peter Cushing, Hammer Studios 1969". Members.aon.at. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  4. ^ "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) - Trivia". TCM.com. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed 1969 | Britmovie | Home of British Films". Britmovie. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  6. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1755&dat=19780914&id=sAAkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hGcEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5889,6490645
  7. ^ "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 

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