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Monday, June 3, 2013

Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

Starring Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Thorley Walters, Robert Morris, Duncan Lamont
Directed by Terence Fisher
(actor & director credits courtesy

Victor Frankenstein begins a new wave of experiments focused on transplanting a soul from a dead body to another, transforming a crippled scarred girl into a lovely but deadly woman.

This entry in Hammer Films' Frankenstein series features actress Susan Denberg as Frankenstein's latest monster, whom Wikipedia indicates had been a Playboy model, but stays fully clothed on camera.  The reverse effect of creating a beautiful monster instead of a grotesque one is an interesting one, but the screenplay doesn't follow through on the possibilities, fashioning a somewhat by-the-numbers revenge plot.  Nevertheless, it's diverting and well-photographed, and the filmmakers should be given credit for trying something different, albeit not successfully so.

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