Fine acting from Peter Cushing (and a few choice sound effects) give the impression that bodies and viscera were are cut and spliced into a hideous new monster. Hammer’s first color Gothic horror show recovers its charnel house luster in the WAC’s ambitious ‘surprise’ restoration. The disc’s full-throated audio track also helps. I haven’t seen this show look presentable since the 1970s, and even then I remember Hammer triple bills in which the Eastmancolor prints of Curse had gone full magenta. He’s a writer and a film editor experienced in features, TV commercials, Cannon movie trailers, special montages and disc docus. The other I-can’t-believe-I-just-saw-that scene is a fatal fall taken by a stuntman onto his head. Peter Cushing’s voice is as clear as a bell, and James Bernard’s music cues enter and exit with great skill and finesse. Previously 100% benign, he immediately degenerates into cannibalism. After reviving a dead dog Victor shifts his attention to the creation of a man assembled from random corpses, a quest that turns Paul against him. But the overall impression is VERY positive — instead of wondering what the film ought to look like, we can once again appreciate Jack Asher’s highly creative color cinematography. They managed to eat their bread, leaving the toil of producing it to the uneducated. Klemensen and others remark that Hammer’s first seven or eight color Gothics are special due to a magic confluence of talent. The Creature design was made completely different from the jar-headed, electrode-wired ghoul copyrighted by Universal a quarter century before. Type. Movie: Excellent Did Sangster and Fisher intend for Elizabeth never to actually see the Creature? Film Editor: James Needs Synopsis. The cool Hammer Guignol continues as Frankenstein carries the head to his conveniently located ACID BATH, the ideal lab feature for tidying up unwanted viscera and removing potential murder evidence. I had seen Hammer’s The Mummy around 1960 and was a new reader of the schoolyard Bible Famous Monsters of Filmland so I was just beginning to appreciate Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. 1:37 full frame transfer, featurettes The Resurrection Men: Hammer, Frankenstein and the Rebirth of the Horror Film with Richard Klemensen; Hideous Progeny: The Curse of Frankenstein and the English Gothic Tradition with Sir Christopher Frayling; Torrents of Light: The Art of Jack Asher with David J. Miller; and Diabolus in Musica: James Bernard and the Sound of Hammer Horror with Christopher Drake. 2 Favorites . Eventually Krempe refuses to help with Frankenstien's human experiments. We heartily agree that Hammer’s early Gothics gave us a terrific group of heroines in distress — Hazel Court, Valerie Gaunt, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, Eunice Gayson, Marla Landi, Yvonne Furneaux, Marie Devereaux, Jan Holden, Yvonne Monlaur, Andree Melly, Dawn Addams, Yvonne Romain, Catherine Feller. The screenplay by Jimmy Sangster moves along rather well, and is soon confronting us with the surgical nightmares conjured up by the amoral, egotistical Baron Doctor Frankenstein. Written by Jimmy Sangster from the novel by Mary Shelley Plot Summary. Featurette #2 is with Christopher Frayling, the knighted educator whose books elevated Italian Westerns to academic respectability.
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