Evil of Frankenstein VHS
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The Evil of Frankenstein is a 1963 British horror film made by Hammer Studio. This film version of Shelley's tale was directed for Hammer by Freddie Francis. The film stars Peter Cushing as Frankenstein and New Zealand wrestler Kiwi Kingston as the Monster. The film's version of the Monster is noted for closely resembling Universal Pictures' famous Frankenstein series of the 1930s and '40s, including the flat-headed look of Jack Pierce's monster make-up originally designed for the legendary Boris Karloff as well as the distinctive laboratory sets. Earlier Hammer Frankenstein movies had studiously avoided such similarities (for trademark reasons) but a new movie distribution deal with Universal helped provide some latitude.Free upgrade to first class mail.
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What do I like about 'The Evil of Frankenstein'?
1. The cinematography, as we have come to love with the Hammer series, is just tops. There are some especially great camera angles in this one. That long view of the mountain estate is a real video knock-out punch.
2. The locations reveal all manner of spectacular scenery. That view on the carriage ride from the first village back through the Baron's home village and up to the Frankenstein estate is just superb! Rarely, in any film, do we ever see pure color saturation like this.
3. The story is a pretty darn good one (more monster resurrection) and there's even a great new slant: The Baron requires the aid of an evil hypnotist in order to get the monster rowing with both oars. Zoltan (Peter Woodthorpe), playing the mystic hypnotist, is just a huge bonus, as far as I'm concerned. There are tons of cool, old crusty-looking characters throughout this film. And that little, red-headed, animalistic, ripped-dress, mute ragamuffin that hangs out with the monster is as hot as Madonna, except she keeps her mouth shut!
4. The movie is BULGING with great old ATMOSPHERE -- there has NEVER been a groovier Frankenstein estate than that old castle! Very picturesque.
5. I liked the monster's looks -- a very traditional Frankenstein monster, I thought. Yes the make-up could have been a bit better around the eyes, but still, I found him more than acceptable.
If I have a hang-up about the film, it's that my copy is a VHS tape. You know darn well that when it comes out on DVD that it's going to be clear as a crystal and in widescreen. I can't wait!
So, given all those plusses, I readily give Hammer Films yet another big slap on the back. If you like the Hammer Horror films, don't miss this one!