August 25th, 2011

The Prisoner

Hammer Horror - The Frankenstein Films

It's taken me a couple of years to go through both these and the Dracula movies - don't know why, but it seems to roughly correspond with becoming a parent. Anyway, here are my thoughts on the seven Hammer Frankenstein films.

Curse of Frankenstein (1957) is a very different beast from it's Universal counterpart. That was pretty much deliberate given that Universal had threatened to sue if there were any obvious similarities. Much more gruesome and in-your-face, Victor Frankenstein is the focus of the film. He's also the monster, to all intents and purposes. Oh, Christopher Lee does a great job of playing his creation, but it's the actions of Victor Frankenstein, his disregard for the dignity or pains of others as he pursues his goals, that mark him out as monstrous.

Interestingly, this film has a very ambiguous ending, leaving one wondering if it was all in his mind...


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