Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
Drama Horror Sci-Fi
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor, Karl and his fiancée Anna, they kidnap the mentally sick Dr. Brandt, to perform the first brain transplantation ever.
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Frankenstein must be worshiped!!
Hooray! Here's another entry in the highly amusing Hammer Frankenstein
franchise. Don't ever ask me to pick a 'best' or even favorite in this
series because I instantly love every episode I can get my dirty little
hands on :) And this fifth chapter is a true highlight as it has our
Baron Frankenstein more and more evolving into a ruthless, cold
villain. He blackmails a young couple; forcing them to assist him with
his diabolical experiments (only he sees it as simple scientific
evolution). Along with his new accomplices, Baron F. kidnaps a fellow
mad scientist out of the asylum because he knows the skills to perform
a flawless brain transplant. Unfortunately, Frankenstein's mad raving
colleague has been drugged so much he now is a complete vegetable.
Ingenious as he is, evil Victor transplants a few brains and commits a
few murders to finally have the things the way he wants. After 4 prequels, numberless others adaptations and several novels,
Hammer Productions (and class-A director Terence Fisher in particular)
still manages to present the Frankenstein films as original and
innovative horror adventures. It's remarkable how Cushing and Fisher
completely shifted the initial horror from Frankenstein's monster to
Baron Frankenstein himself! In this film, the creature is a pathetic
'victim' while it's Cushing who's the criminal mastermind. Needless to
say that Cushing is absolutely powerful in his loyal role of the Baron.
He's actually so good in preaching his medical ambitions that you often
sympathize with him, even though you witness with your own eyes he's
bad to the bone! Cushing receives excellent feedback from the young
actor Simon Ward and the exquisite Veronica Carlson. 'Frankenstein must
be Destroyed' is an intriguing horror film for some other reason as
well. Fisher inserts a healthy dose of Romanticism in this episode plus
it's also one of the first Hammer films that feature the sexual content
and undertones they'll use more and more in their 70's films. Hammer's
popularity tempered a bit during the late 60's/ early 70's and they
tried to make up for this by showing more ravishing meat (Carlson's
cleavage) and sexual insinuations. In short, Frankenstein must be
destroyed is essential horror viewing! It has loads of tension and
exciting sequences, the film is professionally made, well-acted and it
features a fair amount of bloodshed.
the best Hammer Frankenstein film!
Hammer Films' 5th Frankenstein film is their best. Cushing brings a new
pathos to the character of the Baron that is consistent with, and at the
same time, different than his previous films. Terence Fisher brings an
unbelievable sense of style to this, his best film. The ending is
unbelievably good. However, if new to Hammer - I don't suggest you start
with this one. Ideally, view the Frankenstein films in order (Curse of
Frankenstein, Revenge of Frankenstein, (feel free to skip) Evil of
Frankenstein and Frankenstein Created Woman. This film will be far stronger
as a result. Disturbed till the end!
"Hammer's fifth Frankenstein presents the Baron as a totally irredeemable character."
In order to continue his experiments, the Baron blackmails a young couple
into helping him abduct Dr Brandt (a brilliant brain surgeon gone mad) from
the lunatic asylum so that he can operate on him, cure his sanity and
transplant the brain into another body. This he does by kidnapping and
murdering Professor Richter and using the body to house Brandt's brain.
This he does because he wants to learn Brandt's knowledge of brain
transplants. However, when Brandt wakes up he escapes and plots revenge
against Frankenstein.The fifth Hammer Frankenstein presents the Baron as a totally irredeemable
character, a cold calculating psychopath who will stop at nothing to get
what he wants, even if it means destroying the young couple in the process.
Cushing plays with his usual conviction and is aided by a reliable
supporting cast including Simon Ward (in his first film appearance),
Veronica Carlson and Freddie Jones as the creature. The direction of
Terence Fisher is accomplished as is the lighting of Arthur
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Hammer's 5th Frankenstein film is proof positive of the fine work of Cushing/Fisher.
Peter Cushing will always be THE final word on the role of Baron
Frankenstein. Cunning, arrogant, relentless and above all else,charming. It
could also be said that Terence Fisher is the final word on not only
directing Hammer's Frankenstein series but Hammer films in general. This is
not a new theory by any stretch regarding Fisher. His was the style by which
all who played for Hammer's team would in some way emulate. It is no
surprise, therefore, that FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED would be so good.
Both actor and director had become pretty familiar with this material but
rather than go through the motions something high above the expectation mark
occurs. A good script certainly helps and indeed this time around there is.
It is the relished performance of Peter Cushing and the carefully executed
direction of Fisher which gives this film it's tasty Gothic flavor. Never
seen a Hammer film? Here's your chance to sink your teeth into a good one.