The Curse of Frankenstein (1958)

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The Curse of Frankenstein (1958)
Genre: Horror
Suspense
Thriller
Science Fiction
Monster
Photography: Color
Running Time: 89 Minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Release Date: June 1, 1958
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Written by: Jimmy Sangster
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Starring: Peter Cushing
Francis Matthews
Eunice Gayson
Michael Gwynn
Previous film: N/A
Next film: The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
Frankeinstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)


The Revenge 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 Francis Matthews, Peter Cushing, Eunice Gayson, and Michael Gwynn.  It ended up getting five sequels, The Evil of Frankenstein (1964), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), The Horror of Frankenstein (1970), and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974).  

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 guilty for his expriments in accident, but in this movie he's more of a villain, being so obssessed with his experiments that he's willing to do anything to see them through.  It allows us to see a different side of this doctor.  
  3. Like with the classic Universal films, the labratory set looks incredibly cool and interesting.  
  4. Despite being very malicous, Frankenstein is still sympathetic to a certain degree, which helps him 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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