Monday, April 6, 2015

THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN / Hammer Film Productions - 1958

So, here's your belated Easter surprise, it's Hammer's second Frankenstein offering about Baron Frankenstein escaping from the guillotine and then going to Germany where he names himself Dr. Stein and plans to restart his experiments by using parts of dead bodies... Again! I saw this one at the theater with my neighbors in 1958.

We gots a sound clip from this classic tale, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button located there by our miniature mad lab, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula!.. Here's... THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN!

You think that the Baron is going to lose his head at the beginning but everyone's been paid well for the charade and...

He goes to Germany as Dr. Stein and ends up working as a friend to the sick and dying.

Dr. Stein gets a visit from Dr. Hans Kleve, he knows the dirty little secret and wants to join the team. Dr. Stein needs another helper and shows Kleve the hidden lab and all its wonders.

Then, he shows him his latest creation, Karl, this time, one that's perfectly normal in appearance. Michael Gwynn was chosen to play Karl probably because of his 6' 4" frame.

I threw in a shot of this lit up machine just because it looks so damn cool!

As heard in the sound clip, this big brute pummels Karl from pillar to post before...

Karl's rattled brain snaps and he chokes the life out of the fat slob bastard.

Then, the worst part of the movie for me is this scene where the hospital inmates find out that Dr. Stein is actually Dr. Frankenstein and attack and beat him within an inch of his life. We love Peter Cushing, man, c'mon!!

Anyway, there is only one solution to the problem. The authorities have come to see the dead body of Dr. Frankenstein, but, is he really dead?!..

HURRAY!!.. We'll be back on Wednesday with another dose of the Dungeon Drug...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So many horror movies in general, and Frankenstein movies in particular, seemed to end with the monster going on a rampage and wrecking the laboratory, and causing a fire or explosion that destroyed the castle. TV horror host Svengoolie joked that Universal and Hammer were making a fortune from fire insurance. At least "Revenge of Frankenstein" tried something different. When I was twelve, I thought it was pretty cool that the ending avoided the usual cliche.

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