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stylish Hammer offering.,
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This is markedly different to the others in Hammer's Frankenstein series. We all know that the Baron is a man who has become dehumanised by his obsession with his science, but nowhere is he shown to be so callous and evil as he is here. From his spectacular first appearance in this film, tearing off a Hallowe'en-style face-mask, Cushing plays him with immense energy and commitment. There are many dark touches to this film. The Baron sets up a new laboratory in the basement of his landlady's house by blackmailing her and her lover with their cocaine addiction. He also insists she boots out all her other lodgers, and from then on he has the privacy he needs to carry out his dastardly experiments. This is a very downbeat film in many ways, it doesn't have the pantomime touches you get in the others in the series. Nonetheless the story is quite complex and intelligent, and although it's not one of my own personal favourites of the Hammer canon, it is one of the best made.