Once hounded from his castle for creating a monstrous living creature, Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) returns to his ancestral home in Karlstaad, determined to continue his experiments into the creation of life. High in the mountains, Frankenstein and his faithful assistant, Hans, stumble on the body of the creature, perfectly preserved in ice. He is brought back to life, but Frankenstein is forced to employ a hypnotist, Zoltan, to complete the process. Unbeknown to Frankenstein, Zoltan now controls the creature and has plans to use him to rob and pillage the local villages. Can Frankenstein break Zoltan's hypnotic spell, or will Zoltan induce the creature to destroy its creator?
The third of Hammer's Frankenstein series starring Peter Cushing is generally considered to be the weakest. It has no link to any other film in the series and actually contradicts previous entries 'Curse of...' and 'Revenge of...' by inventing a new back story. Cushing is as good value as ever and it probably contains the best laboratory set of any Hammer Frankenstein. As usual with 60's Hammer, it looks georgous and is put together with the kind of skill other budget studios could only dream of. This film is proof that even a bad Hammer is still enjoyable 40 years on. --~Brett Campbell