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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed [VHS] [1969]

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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones, Simon Ward, Thorley Walters
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Writers: Anthony Nelson Keys, Bert Batt, Mary Shelley
  • Producers: Anthony Nelson Keys
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 1 May 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJ28
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,640 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In this sequel to 'Frankenstein Created Woman' (1967), the Baron (Peter Cushing) hatches a plan to use the body of his colleague, Dr Brandt, as the basis for his latest creation. When Brandt is commited to an asylum, Frankenstein blackmails a young couple into staging an abduction. The doctor suffers a fatal coronary, however, forcing the Baron to reconsider his initial plan. He decides that Brandt, or his brain at least, can still be of some use.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr George Hunter on 11 Aug 2004
Format: DVD
As a previous reviewers has said, this was Hammer's last good production of the Sixties, and possibly a contender for the title of best Hammer film ever.
The most obvious starting point for the praise is Peter Cushing. Always a brilliant and fascinating film actor, possibly Britain's finest, he build here on all of his previous characterisations, to the logical conclusion of the Baron finally becoming the monster. The ruthlessness in Cushing's portrayal is never less than convincing, and utterly terrifying, and it is a great shame that he was never recognised by any awards. The infamous rape scene still has disturbing power that informs the character rather than providing cheap titillation, as would happen in the sadly awful Horror of Frankenstein.
This holds true for Veronica Carlson. Though undeniable beautiful, she is not there for appear naked like later leading ladies, her acting is excellent, especially in scenes with Simon Ward. Also worthy of praise is Freddie Jones, his final transformation is again entirely convincing, and by the end you realise how difficult the job of acting a man who's had a brain transplant.
However, this is Cushing's film, a fitting epitaph to his ability, and to Hammer's once unsurpassable prowess. The only disappointment being the lurid title, which the DVD can obviously do nothing about, and the fact that there are no extras, this is still a worthwhile purchase.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Mercy on 16 July 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Once again on the run from the authorities, the now embittered and increasingly unhinged Baron Victor Frankenstein remorselessly utilises blackmail, kidnapping, and cold-blooded murder in order to embark on his latest project; a spot of experimental brain surgery...
Peter Cushing and Terence Fisher's penultimate Frankenstein movie is one of the very best efforts from the latter stages of the Hammer horror cycle. Tightly plotted, exciting, gruesome, and scary, the film also boasts some of the best acting in any Hammer film, from Cushing, Simon Ward, the gorgeous Veronica Carlson, and especially the great Freddie Jones.
Though conceived as a climax to the series, this movie actually works better as a direct sequel to the original 1950s efforts and as a prequel of sorts to 1967's Frankenstein Created Woman; here, Victor Frankenstein isn't the penniless drifter of the 1967 film, but an affluent, dandified sociopath in the mold of the lead character from Fisher's first two movies in the series, if a notably older and more vicious version. Despite his advancing years, Cushing's Baron here looks younger and fitter than in Frankenstein Created Woman, in which he was grey-haired and encumbered with burned, useless hands, which he (unaccountably) does not possess in Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. In fact, it is tempting to look on this 1969 film as Fisher's substitute for the disappointing Freddie Francis episode, The Evil of Frankenstein (1964). Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed has links back to the series' first two movies (however tenuous), which the Francis film did not, and like it, also ends with an `inferno' climax, the presumed result of which is the Baron's destroyed hands.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Undoubtedly Hammer's best Frankenstein sequel, Cushing decided to play the part with real venom in his penultimate outing as the professor. Here is a man who will now stop at nothing to fulfil his life's ambition, an ambition the rest of the world cannot possibly understand. Essentially a wannabe hero, Cushing's Frankenstein walks a tightrope between the pitfalls of audience disgust and admiration, managing once again, not to lose his footing. The doomed climax is one of hammer's greatest set pieces, and showcases perfectly the inevitable devastation the character brings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "nigelisit20022000" on 24 Jun 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Peter Cushing's four previous interpretations of the role of the Baron cannot for one moment prepare you for this sadistic portrayal.
The vileness of character that was only touched on in Curse of... (and then later played down to more gentlemanly effect in Revenge of..., Evil of..., and ...Created woman) is here explored to the full.
Infact, the underlying menace of the film is that Frankenstein himself is the true monster of the piece.
Baron Frankenstein has been collaborating with Doctor Frederick Brandt, an eminent brain specialist, on the subject of brain transplantation. Transplanting the brain of a near dead person into a corpse, and maintaining that anyone undergoing such surgery will survive.
To add to this seemingly insane notion, Brandt has also perfected the technique of preserving a brain indefinately until a suitable body can be found.
However, before they can correspond on the final experiment, Brandt becomes insane; driven mad by the pressure of the work, and unable to bring Frankenstein in on the secret.
Before long, Frankenstein is blackmailing young Doctor Holst, who works at the asylum where Brandt is confined, and is forced to help him spring the near comatose lunatic from his cell.
Unfortunately, Brandt suffers a massive heart attack, and it is a race against time to find another host for his brain.
Professor Richter, the mental specialist who has been overseeing Brandt's case, is murdered for the purpose, and after a successful transplantation, Frankenstein cures the insanity...
So begins a chain of events incorporating murder and misdeed in the best Hammer tradition.
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