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There's always time for the important things...
on 18 June 2007
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.