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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

Starring Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones, Simon Ward, Thorley Walters
Directed by Terence Fisher
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

The ruthless Baron Frankenstein blackmails a young couple into assisting him with his latest round of experiments, this time focused on transplanting an insane man's brain into another body.

Peter Cushing reprises his role as Victor Frankenstein for the fifth entry in the series from Britain's Hammer Films, and his character is certainly depraved this time around, lopping off a living man's head, and raping the young woman he's blackmailing.  Frankenstein's monster for this outing is a subordinate character, a sensitive scientist reborn in another body, well played by Freddie Jones.  It's hard to say whether all of this adds up to a good film, but Cushing is always watchable, and Hammer's production values give him an admirable showcase.

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