Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell


Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

Infobox Film
name = Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell


caption = Movie Poster
director = Terence Fisher
producer = Roy Skeggs
writer = Anthony Hinds
starring = Peter Cushing
David Prowse
Shane Briant
Madeline Smith
John Stratton
music = James Bernard
cinematography = Brian Probyn
editing = James Needs
distributor = Hammer Studios
released = May 2, 1974
runtime = 99 min./USA: 93 min.
country = UK
language = English
preceded_by = "The Horror of Frankenstein"
amg_id = A18481
imdb_id = 0071519

"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. It was the final chapter in Hammer's Frankenstein series of films, and director Fisher's final feature.

It was filmed in 1972 at Elstree Studios, but was not released until 1974.

Production

This was Hammer's final Frankenstein entry. Some fans of the genre and of Hammer films in particular see it as a masterful work, while others consider it a low point in Hammer film production.

The ultra low budget does show in Scott MacGregor's claustrophobic sets and unconvincing miniatures, and the monster's costume is obviously a pull-over mask designed by Eddie Knight (though the monster is unique in the annals of Frankenstein cinema). But Fisher's direction and Cushing's consummate performance (this time portraying the character as completely mad) are examples of true dedication to this type of cinema, and the confinement of the asylum only adds to the doomed, somber mood. Prowse, who is now universally better known as the man who played (but did not voice) Darth Vader and who essayed the role of the monster in "The Horror of Frankenstein", is able to give the part some empathy.

Plot summary

In this final film in the series, Baron Victor Frankenstein (Cushing) is housed at an insane asylum. He has been made a surgeon at the asylum, and has a number of privileges, as he holds secret information on the asylum's corrupt director (John Stratton). The Baron, under the alias of Dr. Carl Victor, uses his position to continue his experiments in the creation of man.

When Simon Helder (Shane Briant), a young doctor and fan of the Baron's work, arrives as an inmate, the Baron takes him under his wing as an apprentice. Together they work on a new creature. Unbeknownst to Simon, however, Frankenstein is acquiring body parts by murdering his patients. When the creature - lumbering, hirsute and dumb - is complete, it is bitter and intent on revenge.

The Baron's new experiment is the hulking, ape-like Herr Schneider (David Prowse), a homicidal inmate whom he has kept alive after a violent suicide attempt and on whom he has grafted 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 assists the surgeon, and who is nicknamed "Angel". When Simon tells the Baron that he is a surgeon, the problem is solved.

Soon new eyes and a new brain are given to the creature in horror gore fashion. The creature ultimately runs amuck in the insane asylum. The monster is eventually destroyed by a mob of inmates. Simon is devastated by the loss of life and reports to Frankenstein; however, Frankenstein felt that it was the best that could happen to such a creature, and is already considering a new experiment with other involuntary donors.

Cast

*Peter Cushing (Baron Victor Frankenstein)
*Shane Briant (Dr. Simon Helder)
*Madeline Smith (Sarah, "the Angel")
*David Prowse (Monster)
*John Stratton (Asylum director)
*Michael Ward (Transient)
*Elsie Wagstaff (Wild one)
*Norman Mitchell (Police Sergeant)
*Clifford Mollison (Judge)
*Patrick Troughton (Bodysnatcher)
*Philip Voss (Ernst)
*Chris Cunningham (Hans)
*Charles Lloyd-Pack (Professor Durendel)
*Lucy Griffiths (Old hag)
*Bernard Lee (Tarmut)
*Sydney Bromley (Muller)
*Andrea Lawrence (Brassy girl)
*Jerold Wells (Landlord)
*Sheila Dunion (Gerda)
*Mischa de la Motte (Twitch)
*Norman Atkyns (Smiler)
*Victor Woolf (Letch)
*Winifred Sabine (Mouse)
*Janet Hargreaves (Challer)
*Peter Madden (Coach driver)

Credits

*Directed by Terence Fisher
*Screenplay by Anthony Hinds (aka John Elder)
*Produced by Roy Skeggs
*Director of photography: Brian Probyn, B.S.C.
*Music by James Bernard
*Musical supervisor: Philip Martell
*Edited by James Needs
*Art direction by Scott MacGregor
*Production manager: Christopher Neame
*Make-up by Eddie Knight

External links

*imdb title|id=0071519|title=Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
*amg title|id=A18481|title=Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell


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