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Very good Hammer film; deserves to be more widely seen.,
This review is from: The Evil Of Frankenstein  [DVD] (DVD)
This is the third film in Hammer's Frankenstein series, after the excellent CURSE and REVENGE, and again stars ever-reliable Peter Cushing as an energetic Baron Frankenstein.
After being repeatedly hounded and chased out of town and city by superstitious authorities and angry mobs, the Baron finds his way back to his home town, from where he was originally exiled. He discovers his belongings from his castle have been plundered by the local authorities, but is again chased by them, taking refuge in the mountains and cave systems. Here, with his assistant Hans, he discovers one of his earlier experiments, a creature, encased and preserved in ice. They haul this off to the castle, to revive the creature but its brain is weak, and Cushing enlists the powers of a travelling hypnotist, who awakes, and ultimately controls the creature, using it for his own evil purposes. Cue mayhem...
EVIL is clearly a loose continuation of Hammer's Frankenstein mythos, and is easily viewed as a stand-alone film, almost enscapulating the other films, and their main theme, into one. Cushing is excellent in one of his best roles [across the series of Frankenstein films] and really throws himself into the part. The sets and costumes are again sumptuous, and classic Hammer-style. There is excitement, humour, intriguing flashbacks, and the addition of the evil hypnotist adds pace, instead of it being yet another retread of the familiar story. The monster is well made-up and effective, and look out for the scene when it escapes, leaving a trail of mutilated sheep behind it. Although, why it chooses to down a few bottles of plonk towards the end, I'm not entirely sure.
In general, then, this is a highly-enjoyable Hammer film, and deserves to be more widely seen. It is rarely on television, and I certainly haven't seen it on terrestrial TV in about twenty years, so if you're a fan of Hammer and their Frankenstein films in particular, you could do much worse than picking up this DVD at a reasonable price.