Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Curse of Frankenstein (1957) - Peter Cushing (Victor Frankenstein), Christopher Lee (Creature), Hazel Court (Elizabeth), Robert Urquhart (Paul Kempe), Valerie Gaunt (Justine)

Peter Cushing plays the infamous Victor Frankenstein, a man who begins to experiment with anatomy after inheriting.  His friend, Paul Kempe, played by Robert Urquhart aids in his experiments.  But when he creates a creature and his fiance Elizabeth, played by Hazel Court, lives there, Paul decides he wants none of it.  Of course, the monster goes nuts and wrecks everything.  Frankenstein is charged with murder.  Since the film is told in flashbacks from Frankenstein's cell, this does not spoil it.

The fun in this film is the journey.  Most people already know what is going to happen.  The acting is good, the sets are great, and the story is exciting.  Action is constantly happening.  And of course, the elegant British accents add to the film.

I love the horror films of Cushing and Lee.  This is the first horror film with both of them together.  A fun journey, spooky and suspenseful, well acted, the color really adds to horror in a brand new way (at the time, anyway).  8 out of 10.

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