The Curse of Frankenstein (1958)

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The Curse of Frankenstein (1958)
Genre: Horror
Suspense
Thriller
Science Fiction
Monster
Directed By: Terence Fisher
Written By: Jimmy Sangster
Starring: Peter Cushing
Robert Urquhart
Hazel Court
Christopher Lee
Release Date: June 1, 1958
Runtime: 89 Minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Sequel: The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)


The Curse of Frankenstein is a 1958 horror, suspense, thriller, slasher, monster movie. It was directed by Terence Fisher, written by Jimmy Sangster, filmed by Jack Asher, musically composed by Leonard Salzedo, edited by Alfred Cox, distributed by Columbia Pictures, produced by Anthony Hinds and Hammer Studios, and starred Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court and Robert Urquhart.

Why It Rocks

  1. Amazing performance from all of the actors, especially Peter Cushing as Doctor Frankenstein.
  2. Frankenstein himself is much different than normal. In the classic Universal films, he's typically seen as a brilliant scientist who doesn't quite understand what he's getting himself into. Here, he's a vile sociopath who's so obsessed with his experiments that he's even willing to resort to murder to ensure that they succeed. It also allows us to see a darker side of the doctor.
  3. Like with the classic Universal films, the laboratory set looks incredibly cool and interesting.
  4. Despite being very malicious, the monster is still sympathetic to a certain degree, which helps it remain relatable.
  5. The look of the monster is also really cool and creative.

Bad Qualities

  1. None of the characters aside from Frankenstein himself are that interesting or complex.

Reception

The Revenge of Frankenstein has a 92% critic rating and a 67% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.4/5 on Letterboxd, and a 6.9/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDB).

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