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Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974)

Peter Cushing , Shane Briant , Terence Fisher  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Shane Briant, Madeline Smith, David Prowse, John Stratton
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Writers: Anthony Hinds
  • Producers: Roy Skeggs
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHOO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell" on IMDb

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Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell is a 1974 British horror film from Hammer Film Productions. It was directed by Terence Fisher and starred Peter Cushing and David Prowse. Filmed at Elstree Studios in 1972 but not released until 1974, it was the final chapter in Hammer's Frankenstein series of films and director Fisher's last film.Free upgrade to first class mail.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to familiar gothic traditions... December 30, 2003
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Though their reign as the Empire of British horror had surely diminished by the time of its release in 1974, Hammer Film's FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL marked a return to their familiar gothic traditions. Not only did it mark the last performance of the gaunt and fancy-wigged Peter Cushing in his most famous role of Baron Frankenstein, it was also the last film directed by Terence Fisher, the man who pretty much made the series his own. Also back were Anthony Hinds doing the writing choirs (under his "John Elder" pen name), composer James Bernard, and a bevy of familiar Hammer supporting players (Patrick Troughton, Charles Lloyd Pack, Peter Madden, Sydney Bromley, etc.).
The plot has Simon Helder (Shane Briant), a young doctor inspired by the work of Victor Frankenstein, being sent to an asylum for practicing "sorcery." There he meets Dr. Carl Victor (Cushing), who apparently harbors secret information on the underhanded director Klauss (John Stratton), and is able to run the place his own way. Young Helder quickly realizes that Dr. Victor is actually Baron Frankenstein, who wants the outside world to believe he is dead. Helder knows that Frankenstein could never give up his experiments, so after doing some snooping, he discovers his secret laboratory and his latest project.
The Baron's new experiment is the hulking, ape-like Herr Schneider (David Prowse), a homicidal inmate whom Frankenstein has kept alive after a violent suicide attempt and has grafted on the hands of a recently deceased sculptor (Bernard Lee). Since Frankenstein's hands were badly burnt in the name of science, the shabby stitch-work was done by Sarah (Madeline Smith), a beautiful mute girl who is nicknamed "Angel" who assists him.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At once fun, frightening, depressing, and entertaining ... September 27, 2004
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The first film I ever saw in Hammer Studio's Frankenstein series was also the very last, which I feel is a terrible shame, as this was a very good movie. While Hammer's Dracula films drastically revamped themselves twice over the course of their last three films, the Frankenstein series, which was running simultaneously, did it once and even then only partially (by doing no more than cast a younger actor as Dr. Frankenstein). So we have Peter Cushing returning for one final time, after a one-film break with the new guy, in the role of the good doctor, where we get to see him act with Darth Vader three years before the making of "Star Wars" (David Prowse, the man in the Darth Vader suit, is the monster in this one). And I'm glad that Cushing came back, because his performance is what makes this movie so great.

Rather than discuss plot points, as I'm sure you by now have a fairly vague idea of what to expect from this series (though I would like to mention that we get to see the second Doctor Who, Patrick Troughton, as a grave robber at the beginning of the movie), I would instead like to discuss Dr. F, because the character absolutely fascinates me ... especially in this particular film. Here we have a true monster, far worse than any undead beast he could ever bring back to life. Dr. F cares for absolutely nothing but his work ... not only does he have no second thoughts when it comes to disturbing graves, but he goes so far as to see the living as nothing more than potential materiel for his experiments. Witness the casual way he speaks of the patient he prompted to commit suicide (without ever explicitly stating his intention, but by leaving for the patient to read such depressing news that he knew exactly how the patient would react).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Studios' last gothic masterpiece December 27, 2003
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Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell was not famed Hammer Studios' final film, but it in many ways represents the swan song of the premiere maker of vintage gothic films. Not only does the film play well even today, it has an incredible number of fascinating facts surrounding its production that makes it particularly notable. Consummate actor Peter Cushing and director Terence Fisher can be viewed as founding fathers of Hammer Studios, and this film marks a return to the spirit of the early days. It stands as the final entry in the famed Frankenstein series starring Peter Cushing as Dr. Frankenstein, and David Prowse makes an unprecedented second appearance as a Hammer monster. Some wonderful actors appear in even the smallest of roles, the overall look and feel of the film is wonderfully dark and serious, and the story is allowed to tell itself, foregoing sex appeal for violence and intellectual passion. Despite its almost ridiculously paltry budget, Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell truly shines as Hammer's last truly gothic motion picture.
Baron Frankenstein is dead; there's a death certificate to prove it, and he's buried in the yard of the insane asylum where he spent his last days. One young researcher sets out to fill his shoes, however, eventually being arrested for "sorcery" and consigned to the same mental institution as his idol. Simon Helder (Shane Briant) inquires about Dr. Frankenstein as soon as he arrives. The story of the Baron's death notwithstanding, he quickly recognizes the asylum's Dr. Victor as none other than Frankenstein himself. Assisted by the mute and ever so lovely Sarah (Madeline Smith), known as Angel among the inmates, the doctor has continued his work. He explains to young Dr.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars another great peter cushing movie.
as always peter cushing is great in his frankenstein roles.the audio is very clear and the picture is crisp. Read more
Published 3 months ago by judy e rolen
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like classic Hammer, you'll probably like this...
Of the Hammer Frankensteins -- this is one of my faves. A fitting and fun conclusion to the quirky, disjointed franchise. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Devi-Ant
3.0 out of 5 stars Great monster and Gothic ambiance, but too simple and drab
Hammer Studios did 7 Frankenstein films from the late 50s to early 70s:

1. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
2. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
3. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wuchak
5.0 out of 5 stars DAVE PROWSE IS THE MONSTER FROM HELL ..BEFORE DARTH VADER TOOK OVER
THATS why i love this movie. it has slow but needed points, the monster is really diffrent ape looking but i like that. dave prowse ( darth vader .. Read more
Published 6 months ago by larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973) ~ RESTORED AND...
PLEASE NOTE:
This is a technical review for the 'Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973) (Frankenstein & the Monster from Hell) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) [Blu-Ray, Reg. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joseph B. Brunk
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Frankenstein
This movie turned out to be pretty good as the story is very well written and acted. The monsters makeup is not very good, but if you can get around that I think you will enjoy the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by RD
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too shabby for a 70's Hammer movie...
Not a bad show, here. In typical Hammer Studio fashion, this variation on the Frankenstein monster theme is quite entertaining. Read more
Published 8 months ago by triviamcstudmuffin2014
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Original Frankenstein Movies
This movie is not as good as the original "Frankenstein", but it is historically interesting, I believe, because it was the last of the original series. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Blair
3.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein and the monster from the cave
I absolutely love monster movies, in particular the older filmed renditions of classic tales. I read some of the reviews from viewers who are clearly Hammer fans and others without... Read more
Published 9 months ago by m4tch
3.0 out of 5 stars The great Peter Cushing plays Dr. Frankenstein for the last time in a...
Last night I watched 'Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell'. It's currently available for free viewing to Amazon Prime Members. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mike
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