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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hammer Horror Classic
This great Hammer horror is possibly the best Frankenstein movie ever made.

The film takes up from where the previous Hammer Frankenstein movie, "The Curse Of Frankenstein" left off.
Having escaped the gallows, Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) is now working under the new name of "Dr Stein" and is blackmailed into accepting the assistance of Dr Hans...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Boring But Watchable Hammer Horror
This was the first Hammer sequel to The Curse Of Frankenstein and was released in 1958. Peter Cushing returned as The Baron, though there was no Christopher Lee this time, as his creature was destroyed at the end of the previous film. Francis Matthews, who later appeared in the Hammer films Dracula Prince Of Darkness and Rasputin The Mad Monk, appears here as...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hammer Horror Classic, 1 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: The Revenge of Frankenstein [DVD] [1958] (DVD)
This great Hammer horror is possibly the best Frankenstein movie ever made.

The film takes up from where the previous Hammer Frankenstein movie, "The Curse Of Frankenstein" left off.
Having escaped the gallows, Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) is now working under the new name of "Dr Stein" and is blackmailed into accepting the assistance of Dr Hans Kleve (Francis Matthews) who knows the Baron's true identity, and joins the Baron in his charity work at a clinic, helping down and outs.
Trouble is, the Baron helps himself to their limbs for his latest creation, with various amputees left filling the ward.

The normal appearing "Monster" (played by Michael Gwynn) is eventually unstrapped from his bed in an isolated room whilst recuperating by a woman volunteer at the clinic (Eunice Gayson) and then he escapes, eventually to murder twice after being attacked himself.
Eventually, when the authorities and patients get wind of who "Dr Stein" really is, the patients turn on him, and the badly wounded Baron leaves his salvation in the hands of Hans, with a nice twist at the end.

This excellent movie holds your attention throughout, because its nicely paced and never sags, so put your feet up, have some assorted snacks ready, and enjoy.

Both the colour widescreen picture and sound quality are excellent, with various subtitle languages, including English.

The extras include film trailers and a photo gallery.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's always time for the important things..., 18 Jun. 2007
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Matthew Mercy (Hertfordshire, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Revenge of Frankenstein [DVD] [1958] (DVD)
After escaping the guillotine, Baron Victor Frankenstein relocates to a nearby town and sets about transplanting his crippled assistant's brain into a healthy new body. But once again, things don't go according to the Baron's plan, and his clean-limbed `new man' is soon committing brutal murders and battling cannibalistic urges...
Quick to capitalise on the runaway success of 1957's The Curse of Frankenstein, Hammer wasted no time at all in producing The Revenge of Frankenstein, which was shot back-to-back with Horror of Dracula (1958), and in my opinion ranks as one of the very finest horror movies the Bray team made, the best of Peter Cushing's six Frankenstein pictures, and the most underrated cinematic take on Mary Shelley's over-filmed novel. Although a first-rate Hammer horror, The Revenge of Frankenstein is also notable for being a vicious black comedy, and it must be regarded as one of the most unique and memorable British films of the 1950s, featuring perhaps the greatest performance of Cushing's career, in which he transforms the fanatical, cold-blooded killer of the earlier movie into a multi-layered, sympathetic, and all-too-human monster. Jimmy Sangster's witty screenplay is certainly the best thing he ever wrote, Terence Fisher's direction is again typically classy, and there are a couple of excellent supporting turns from Michael Gwynn as the hapless Creature and The Quatermass Xperiment's Richard Wordsworth as a malingering porter at Frankenstein's hospital. Containing some brilliant lines, a couple of wonderful scares, and capped by a great twist ending, The Revenge of Frankenstein is truly one of the unsung classics of British cinema.
Presented in the correct ratio and including the original trailer as an extra feature, the Sony / Columbia UK DVD release is nothing like as comprehensive a package as this film perhaps deserves, however, the fact that it is available at all is something to be thankful for. Certainly recommended to all Hammer fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Help me Frankenstein!, 4 Nov. 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The Revenge of Frankenstein is directed by Terence Fisher and written by Jimmy Sangster. it stars Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Eunice Grayson, Oscar Quitak, Michael Gwynn, John Welsh and Lionel Jeffries. Music is by Leonard Salzedo and cinematography by Jack Asher.

Baron Victor Frankenstein (Cushing), sentenced to death, escapes execution by the guillotine and moves to the town of Carlsbruck. Under the alias of Dr. Stein, Frankenstein sets himself up as a successful physician, but still stung by his treatment from his so called peers, he has plans to still create medical history...

The Curse of Frankenstein didn't need a sequel, it stands on its own as a wonderful reinvention of the Frankenstein legend and it was a big hit for Hammer Film Productions. But a sequel did come and how delightful it is to find that it not only pulses with everything that was great about Hammer when they were on form, but that it also didn't go for the easy cop out route and follow the same formula of its predecessor.

The returning presence of Fisher, Sangster, Asher and Cushing is very reassuring, and there is nothing samey here, because Sangster comes up with a story that puts the man Frankenstein as the focus, his medical dalliance this time is to put the brain of a deformed man into a perfect body. This gives the Frankenstein legend a unique twist whilst offering up ponderings about vanity and scientific advancements, while there's also a deft observation of the class divide, with the good/bad doctor perched Jekyll and Hyde like on either side of the social structure. From the natural flow of the beginning that follows on from "Curse", to a quite brilliant twist at its end, it's a screenplay that pulses with care and intelligence and avoids all the pitfalls of many other Frankenstein movies.

Filmed back-to-back with Dracula (1958), Hammer use many of the same sets but dress them accordingly, and they are sights for sore eyes. This really is a tip top production, the costuming to Salzedo's luscious musical score, and from Asher's piercingly beautiful Technicolor photography (some quarters have it incorrectly listed as Eastman Color) to the raft of great performances (Cushing and Matthews make for a very impressive thespian coupling), this showcases Hammer in their pomp. It's not all ideal for sure, there's a lack of scares since it's a very "human" sort of horror picture, the revenge hinted at in the title and Dr. Stein's attitude is a bit of a curved ball, while the set up for the creation to go "bad" is a bit weak, but small complaints and The Revenge of Frankenstein is one of the better sequels in the world of horror. 7.5/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hammer sequel, 9 Oct. 2008
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Warning!May contain spoilers!
This, the second in Hammer's long running Frankenstein series, starts off where The Curse Of Frankenstein finished, with the Baron on his way to the guilottine. He of course escapes, a hapless priest taking his place.
Three years later, we find him masquerading as Doctor Stein, operating two practices, one for the rich populus, which funds his work with the poor, and also his experiments. With the help of another Doctor, Hans Kleve(Francis Matthews) he attempts to transplant the brain of his physically deformed assistant Karl, into a perfect body. Everything appears to go well, until his creation(Michael Gwynne) suffers a brain injury in a fight, and starts to degenerate into a murderous flesh eater.
This film has a nice streak of black humour running through it, with the Baron's numerous pithy comments, and especially in the scenes at the beginning featuring Lionel Jeffries and Michael Ripper as a pair of incompetant graverobbers. This is a lovely double act, sadly short lived.
There are numerous good performances especially from Peter Cushing as Frankenstein, and Richard Wordsworth as a busy body Hospital cleaner, who spends most of his time poking his nose into other peoples affairs.
All in all, an excellent Hammer horror, and I will give it 4 out of 5. Next in the series was The Evil Of Frankenstein
NB: The DVD transfer is excellent, with the film looking great, shame about the lack of extras.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably The Best Frankenstein, 25 Sept. 2002
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Out of all the Hammer Frankenstein films, this is probably the best. A great script and great acting from Peter Cushing and Francis Matthews hold the film together until its climax when the doctor is supposedly killed by the inmates of the hospital which he runs. Overall, its a great production. Fine acting support from Michael Gwynn; Eunice Gayson; Richard Wordsworth and Oscar Quitak, with a great script by Jimmy Sangster. Very atmospheric from first to last, it is clearly one of Hammer's best efforts. Picture and sound are rather good too. Should be seen on DVD though. As for the Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, bit of a shame really. Still, its a good buy as a double purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He burned his own body!, 14 Jan. 2013
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This is another fine example of Hammer Horror in their prime.
Revenge continues where Curse finished- and although the beginning of the film is slightly confusing, all is revealed later on.

The great Peter Cushing once again plays the Baron to perfection, and he is blackmailed and helped on by a fellow doctor which always became the norm in these films.

The colours are rich, and though there isn't any gore or frights the acting and dialogue is enough to draw one into this film.

There's a nice twist at the end- and although this probably wasn't as good as Curse or Destroyed, Revenge is a worthy additon to your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Innovative twist on a familiar tale, 2 Mar. 2012
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Following right on the heels of the sublime "Dracula", Terence Fisher and Peter Cushing would work together to deliver the sequel to "The Curse of Frankenstein", aptly titled "The Revenge of Frankenstein". Contrary to many, I do not rate this sequel especially above the first movie. On the plus side, Cushing has mellowed his character a bit, more scientist than cynical megalomaniac in this installment, and his supporting cast is just terrific. Francis Matthews as the loyal assistant is very credible in replicating the obsession of his master, Eunice Gayson is a delightful (albeit very badly written) female lead, but the major kudos have to go to the remarkable performance of Michael Gwynn as the monster: his sensitivity and monstrosity, the discovery and loss of his human nature are extraorddinary and in my view he surpasses Christopher Lee as a credible monster. Jimmy Sangster's script is smart, but much more character-driven than in the first movie, even if the pace takes off in the last half an hour...On the minus side, "Revenge" has not really solved the pace problems of "Curse". There are absolute tunnels of boredom in this movie (particularly the endless shennanigans between the two grave diggers at the beginning of the movie, or the seemingly endless scenes involving the otherwise brilliant Richard Wadsworth). Terence Fisher shows rhythm problems he does not seem to be having with "Dracula" or "Baskervilles", probably because of Sangster's angle - much less gory than "Curse" or "Dracula". Overall, this is a very good entry to the Hammer's Frankenstein saga, very different from its predecessor, even if slightly overrated in my humble opinion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Franck 'n' Stein, 16 April 2010
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Hammer's second film in their "Frankenstein" cycle carries on from where "The Curse Of Frankenstein" left off with Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) facing the guillotine for murders that were actually committed by his creature. The Baron escapes of course (otherwise there wouldn't be much of a film), after making a bargain with a hunchback called Karl. He then sets up a medical practice in Carlsbruck, using the ingenious pseudonym "Dr. Stein" (then later, the equally imaginative "Dr. Franck") so that nobody will ever twig who he really is. Dr. Stein also does a bit of work at the local hospital for the poor which gives him ample opportunity to collect body parts for his other experiments.

Unfortunately another doctor called Hans Kleve (Francis Matthews) tumbles Dr. Stein but Dr. Kleve promises not to tell the medical council as long as he can become Dr. Stein's pupil and assist him in his research. Dr. Stein agrees to this and they soon set to work transplanting Karl's brain (with Karl's consent) into a new body that is physically intact. Dr. Stein had already performed this type of operation on a chimpanzee called Otto. The problem is that Otto then developed cannibalistic tendencies. Surely this can't happen again with Karl, can it?

This is an entertaining entry in the series that is well acted by an excellent cast that also includes Hammer regulars Michael Ripper, Richard Wordsworth and Charles Lloyd Pack and Bond Girl, Eunice Gayson. Terence Fisher's direction is assured, as always, and the story (that contains a fair amount of humour) maintains the viewer's interest from start to finish. This DVD gives us the film in its correct ratio of 1.66:1 and the extras are a trailer and photo gallery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Boring But Watchable Hammer Horror, 15 April 2015
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This was the first Hammer sequel to The Curse Of Frankenstein and was released in 1958. Peter Cushing returned as The Baron, though there was no Christopher Lee this time, as his creature was destroyed at the end of the previous film. Francis Matthews, who later appeared in the Hammer films Dracula Prince Of Darkness and Rasputin The Mad Monk, appears here as Frankenstein's assistant, Dr. Hans Kleve. The film also features an appearance by Eunice Gayson, as Margaret Conrad, who would later go on to appear as Sylvia Trench in the first two James Bond films. This film is watchable, but it is not one of my favourites. Very little happens until the end, there is almost no horror to speak of and the creature in this film is about as terrifying as one of my bank statements. I personally find this film to be very boring and slow and I hardly ever watch it now. I regard it as one of the least impressive of the Hammer Horror films and only The Evil Of Frankenstein, which followed it, is worse than this. I give it three stars, because it is watchable, but hardly a classic. The Curse Of Frankenstein is worlds better than this, in every way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary or what!, 1 Jan. 2004
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This is a great classic, I won't give too much away about the film so all I am saying is there are so many twists to keep you glued to the screen and enough horror to make you jump in your seat with the drop of a needle. This is a excellent movie, you won't regret buying it.
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