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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.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 November 2010
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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Baron Frankenstein has escaped the guillotine and is living as Doctor Stein and running his own practise helping the poor but is using them for parts to create a new monster. Picking up exactly where first film The Curse Of Frankenstein left off, this sequel sees Peter Cushing return to one of his most famous roles, Doctor Frankenstein but this time without Christopher Lee as the monster. A very enjoyable sequel just as good as the original, this is old school horror. Creepy and eerie with an excellent performance from Peter Cushing and Michael Gwynn gives a fine performance as the new monster. There's also a fair bit of dark comedy too.
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VINE VOICEon 25 September 2002
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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on 15 April 2015
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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on 14 January 2013
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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on 31 October 2013
Remember it from many years ago and this one not often shown on the tv . The baron (Peter Cushing of course ) up to his usual tricks of body building meeting with the usual disaster . A really good well made old fashioned horror and I mean old fashioned in the true sense of the word as although made years ago it has stood the test of time well and in some ways better than the Curse Of Frankenstein . Well directed by the Hammer regular Terry Fisher and good supporting cast most notably from Francis Matthews . The only ridiculous gripe is whoever designed the poster /d v d cover as this looks ridiculous and can be overlooked as a Hammer classic because of this however the film is recommended in particular to fans of 50 s 60 s and early 70 s horror flicks
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on 1 January 2004
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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on 2 March 2012
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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on 6 January 2015
A Hammer Classic. With the wonderful Peter Cushing, As the Baron returning after the first story The Curse Of Frankenstein that Hammer films made.looks great in hd 1.66. 16.9.have this on amazon prime video.
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