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on September 12, 2013
1973's FRANKENSTEIN & THE MONSTER FROM HELL is the final installment in Hammer's long running FRANKENSTEIN series which created a revolution in horror films back in 1957 by introducing color with THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Between these two titles were 5 other films ranging from first class (1967's FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN - the title being a parody of Brigitte Bardot's AND GOD CREATED WOMAN) to singularly unfortunate (1970's HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN - which was meant to be a parody). All but two were directed by Terence Fisher and only HORROR did not star Peter Cushing. For this last go round Cushing and company were working with severe budgetary limitations yet they managed to produce a fitting swan song.

Times had changed and horror movies were shot with bigger budgets and had become effects driven as opposed to story and character driven. Contemporary horror as epitomised by NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE EXORCIST was in and Gothic horrors were out even in England where the literary tradition began. Hammer could only afford less than $300,000 for FATMFH and while it shows in the miniature shots, the overall effect of the film is remarkably effective considering the budget. The sets are claustrophobic, the music intermittent, and the performances subdued giving the entire movie a melancholy air befitting its status as the last one in the series.

A cadaverous looking Peter Cushing is spot on as the elderly Baron. Although subdued in nature, he's still very much in control. Shane Briant is like a younger version of Cushing although he does show some conscience at the end. David Prowse uses his eyes effectively as the creature (weird make-up though) and Madeline Smith conveys innocence throughout which is very hard to do. Various small parts are played by well known British character players including Bernard Lee (M from the James Bond films). Although not in the best of health, Terence Fisher still directs with a firm hand using his camera fluidly and editing scenes for maximum impact. Speaking of editing, it should be noted that this American version of the film is 6 minutes shorter than the British one.

FATMFH was released by Paramount, 2 years after it was made, on a double bill with CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER. It did not fare well either here or abroad which hastened the original Hammer's demise. 40 years later it holds up quite well and is in the top third of Hammer's FRANKENSTEIN releases. I would love to see it partnered on Blu-Ray/DVD with SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA allowing us to see the swan song of both series together. It could then be bookended with the start-up films CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and HORROR OF DRACULA for a real comparison. Until then this Paramount DVD will have to do. The picture is sharp and clear and in the right aspect as well. Commentary by Dave Prowse and Maddie Smith about working for Hammer as well as on this film, gives the DVD an added dimension for hardcore fans.
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on August 7, 2017
The video quality is outstanding as well as the movie itself.

This movie was released by two company's. One from Australia (purple artwork on the cover) and this one directly from the U.K..

For those who like these kind of details . . .

The Australian version of this film is coded 25 frames per second which means even though the Blu-Ray disc itself is Region free, the movie will not play on a U.S. Blu-Ray player because U.S. players cannot play 25 fps Blu-Ray authored discs. If you have a Region Free Blu-Ray player then this is not a problem. If you have an off the shelf store bought Blu-Ray player then the movie will not play.

This version (the U.K. version) was coded 24 frames per second which can be played on a U.S. Blu-Ray player but the disc is Region B locked meaning a U.S. player cannot see the disc.

I have both and I think the U.K. version is visually cleaner and I think the reason for that is they must have mistakenly re-coded the movie file for the Australian version seeing how it is the wrong frame rate for a Region Free Blu-Ray authored disc.
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on June 4, 2016
Beautiful, colorful video - very rich. Sound quality is great as well. Wonderful DVD.

Peter Cushing is back as Baron Frankenstein in this final film of the Hammer Horror Cushing-Frankenstein film series. This time the Baron creates a hideous monster that has to be seen to be believed.

Shane Briant plays Simon Helder - a befitting part for Briant. Simon has studied the work of the Baron, has tried his experiments and is sentenced to 5 years in an asylum for sorcery. The Baron is hiding in the asylum and is considered dead - he has emerged as a doctor of the asylum. Victor Frankenstein has enlisted the help of Sarah (Madleine Smith) to assist him in his continuing experiments but when Simon enters the picture the team creates a monster seemly from hell!

A good final film in the series.

8/10
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on January 18, 2014
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. A/B/C Import - Australia]': a 2013 Australian release on the SHOCK label.
A sticker on the front of the case reads, "Special Edition Blu-Ray Disc & DVD Video Double Play × Fully Restored on Blu-Ray for the first time".
The "Duration" (running time) is erroneously listed as 99 minutes...the actual runtime is 90 minutes.
It is presented in a 1.66:1 screen format with Mono 2.0 sound in the English language. There are no subtitles.
Not only does this release contain the UNCUT version of the film in all of its vein chomping, eyeball reinsertion and monster shredding glory, it also contains a commentary track featuring stars Shane Briant and Madeline Smith as well as two featurettes, 'Charming Evil: Terence Fisher at Hammer' and 'Taking Over the Asylum: The Making of Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell'.
The overall sound and picture quality of this release is STUNNING! This is one of those films that aficionados could never have imagined looking or sounding so fabulous.
I shall not delve into a synopsis or critical review of the film, merely to say that those of you who know the film shall not be disappointed by this release. A tad pricey (I paid $47.00), but definitely worth the investment.
Be sure to watch for Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who #2) as the bodysnatcher and Bernard Lee (original "M" of James Bond fame) as asylum inmate Tarmut!
Thank you for reading my review!
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on November 10, 2013
Last night I watched 'Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell'. It's currently available for free viewing to Amazon Prime Members.
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'FatMfH' is probably my least favorite of the Hammer Frankenstein series. I believe it was also the last in the series. I'm not saying it's a bad film. In fact I did enjoy it. I just didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other Hammer Frankenstein films featuring Mr. Cushing. You really can't go wrong when you combine the acting of Peter Cushing with the direction of Terence Fisher. I believe this was the last feature film that Mr. Fisher directed and the last time that Peter Cushing played the Baron in the series. It had all the charm of a typical Hammer production with Mr. Fisher at the helm, wonderfully realistic characters, fine acting, and the sort of period colorful atmosphere Hammer excelled at. The film did drag slightly at times, fortunately Peter Cushing and the other lead Shane Briant more than made up for that. My major complaint about the film is the poor makeup on the monster. It looked very phony to me, sort of a cross between a costume store gorilla suit that was losing it's hair and a neanderthal man. The monsters bare chest and back looked too much like a Halloween costume and not realistic. To me it was only a few steps up from the look of the comical gorilla like aliens in 'Robot Monster'. In spite of that I still enjoyed the film. It was a scary enough looking creation not to ruin the fun. The story did manage to show just how cruel Mr. Cushing's Dr. Frankenstein really was beneath his gentleman like facade. For instance he stated he did not want to murder an insane genius in order to use the poor man's brain for his creature. Still he didn't mind setting up a situation where the disturbed man was bound to commit suicide. Frankenstein then took his brain with a clear, if sick, conscious. Also, Frankenstein was willing to sexually sacrifice his gentle female assistant, Angel, to the monster for the sake of his experiment. It was both chilling and sad to see the disturbed genius who had killed himself wake up with his consciousness inside the body of a hideous monster. The poor man was bemoaning his plight saying over and over 'why why why....'. He had wanted to die and instead was doomed to this life instead, thanks to the cruelness of Frankenstein. At one point he even dug up his old body and looked at it face-to-face. This reminded me of a similar and memorable scene from an earlier Hammer Frankenstein film.

In conclusion this film is well worth seeing and was almost a fitting end to the Hammer Frankenstein series. Fans of Peter Cushing and Terence Fisher should not be disappointed. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
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on December 10, 2014
Peter Cushing is back for his sixth and final installment as Baron Frankenstein (just 3 years before playing the "foul stench" that was Grand Moff Tarkin in "Star Wars"), joined by the mega-groovy Dr. Simon Helder (played by Shane Briant who was made for gothic horror), Angel the balloon-smuggling mute, the ape-like monster himself and a delightful cast of loonies all set within a creepy asylum providing the perfect atmosphere for his lurid tale to unfold. For some reason this has always been one of my fav Hammer films (along with "The Reptile" and "Dracula has risen from the Grave") as it not only has a high re-watchability factor but also represents a sort of swan song as a uniquely, good flick from the studio's final days. :o)
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on January 31, 2006
The last of the Peter Cushing Frankenstein movies opens appropriately enough with a grave robbery. The delivery of the corpse, however, is not going to Frankenstein but rather to Simon Helder, a doctor who wants to follow in Frankenstein's footsteps. He is not very successful and in fact winds up arrested and sent to an asylum for the criminally insane.

Fortunately for Helder, Frankenstein is also in this asylum. He was committed there years earlier, but with the asylum director's cooperation, has faked his death and now serves the institution as Dr. Viktor. He is indeed the inmate running the asylum, and while not attending to patients, he is continuing his experiments. Happily for Frankenstein, his position of authority finally frees him from the meddling officials who always seem to disturb his work. Helder is soon working with him, along with the beautiful but mute Sarah.

This time, Frankenstein's subject is a "neolithic" man who is monstrous in size but homicidal. When the "monster" almost dies in an escape attempt, Frankenstein takes it upon himself to fix him up, giving him new hands, eyes and a brain. Of course, things go awry and the monster goes on a rampage. (As a note of trivia: this movie has David Prowse as the monster; he would go on to work with Cushing in Star Wars.)

The Hammer Frankenstein movies are a fun set, particularly due to Cushing. Unlike the Universal Frankenstein series, the focus is on the scientist, not the monster. Colin Clive, who is probably the most well-known Frankenstein from the Karloff movie (and despite the quality of the Hammer movies, none can top Universal's Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein), played the scientist as an obsessed genius. Cushing is driven less by obsession and more by arrogance, which often drives him into a villainy that Clive's Frankenstein would never have dared.

Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell is not a perfect movie, but it does not have some nice moments. Overall, it rates a low four stars, not bad, but not spectacular either.
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VINE VOICEon October 22, 2007
This one was a little different from the prior Cushing Frankenstein entries in that the monster was a little updated and certainly a more sympathetic creature. But he could still tear up the dickens when he was displeased!

It takes place as a young Baron Frankenstein devotee, a competent and youthful-looking surgeon, is arrested by a buffoon of a constable for sorcery and is tossed into an insane asylum. And guess who's really running the nuthouse? Baron Frankenstein (Cushing)!

The Baron rescues the young doctor from a certain life of Hell and allows him to become the facility physician, giving the Baron more time to experiment with his creature. This Frankenstein monster, by the way, gets the brain of a musical and mathematical genius... but, Alas! It becomes flawed because the Neanderthal body in which the Baron has inserted it begins to dominate and degrade these fine grey cells.

One little comment about Peter Cushing, he was looking really old in this one (which he was!), and I think it substantially benefitted his fine performance in this excellent Hammer Film entry.

As usual, the sets are great and the cinematography is just tops. I really enjoyed this fine horror film.
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on September 3, 2017
It's the last of the Peter Cushing Frankenstein movies, and he goes out on a high note!
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on January 1, 2014
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 movie. This Hammer film has some gory moments and is a grittier film, but it fits the film very well. I have alot of Hammer films and I enjoyed this one as the story is very well done. If you are a Hammer fan than I'm sure you'll like this one.
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