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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJ28
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,345 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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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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This is the fifth movie in the hammer FRANKENSTIEN saga and one of the best and it now comes to blu-ray So what do we have well the movie looks great with good col a lot better then the dvd the sound is also very good.The movie stars PETER CUSHING SIMON WARD and the stunning VERONICA CARLSON who made another two HAMMER movies DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE and HORROR OF FRANKENSTIEN.on the story side i wont spoil it for you but will say FRANKENSTIEN does what he does best in this movie CUSHING plays him as he did in the first movie with that more evil touch.On the extra side we have the trailer for the movie.So to sum up another winner from HAMMER and a disc you must have if you are a HAMMER fan it is shown uncut
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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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By A Customer on 1 July 2004
Format: DVD
This is without doubt the best of the Hammer Frankenstein films, aptly illustrating all that was best about Hammer Films in their heyday. After all these years it has lost none of it's impact and from the opening scene, will take you on a rollacoaster ride guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat! Superb performances from Peter Cushing, Freddie Jones, Veronica Carlson and the rest of the cast - plus the genius of director Terence Fisher behind the camera!
If you have never seen this film then get it and see what Hammer Films were capable of in their prime; if you own it on video then get the DVD for the superb picture/sound quality.
Tremendous!
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One of my favourite Frankenstein films.
Peter Cushing is chillingly great as always & so are the actors in the main supporting roles, especially Thorley Walters as Inspector Frisch who adds some comic relief. Also, the 'Monster' is very well played by Freddie Jones who delivers a great, tortured performance.

In this film Dr Frankenstein has evolved into a cynical, evil man who is solely devoted to his work & no longer has any respect for human life or people in general. The keen, ideological man he once was has been overcome by arrogance. He gleefully blackmails a young doctor & his sweetheart into doing his bidding & has become skilled at avoiding any unwanted attention from the authorities. This is the story of someone beyond redemption. Special effects are fairly minimal but beautifully executed when needed. Also, the score & set are of a particularly high Hammer standard. The story & script are excellent & nothing is done just for the sake of it. All the scary set pieces & scenes (some quite shocking) are there as an integral part of the story & not just for a cheap shock.

The only downer is that some of the bit-part actors are weak. Therefore some scenes suffer when the mood is broken by poor performances opposite the excellent job being done by the main cast.
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