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      Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

      PG-13 1969 1 hr. 37 min. Horror List
      70% 10 Reviews Tomatometer 67% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score The baron (Peter Cushing) makes a couple (Veronica Carlson, Simon Ward) help him put a mad doctor's brain in another doctor's body. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 30 Buy Now

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      DanTheMan 2 I'm continually impressed by Hammer's ability to reinvent the very notion of a Frankenstein or Dracula movie, revitalising well-worn themes and consistently experimenting like the good Dr Frank himself. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed sees the good doctor transplanted from his usual rural countryside shenanigans into a Jack the Ripper-style murder mystery, set in smokey Victorian London. It's easily a career-high for Cushing in the role of the Baron, relishing in every moment his character is committing acts of barbaric mutilation but with much more artless dialogue. It's an exceptionally grim tale that the film plays completely straight, although there are plenty of dark comedic moments sprinkled out; ultimately the scenes featuring Thorley Walters as Inspector Frisch feel very tacked on. With an all-round solid cast and injection of spirit Director Terence Fisher works wonders with the lavish set design of smog-covered London, thanks largely in part to the photography of Arthur Grant, all tapping into a rich vein of romanticism. There's just one rather sour moment that was included to appease the US market, but even with that scene, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a real high point in Hammer's continued success. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/14/23 Full Review Audience Member This is the best "Frankenstein" film made by Hammer during its Golden Era. A must-see for any Hammer Films fan. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/11/23 Full Review dave s While it's not successful on all fronts, credit must be given to Hammer Films for at least trying to put a different spin on the Frankenstein story. In Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Dr Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) is intent on performing a brain transplant (for reasons too complicated to explain here) and, as could be predicted, things go horribly wrong. Where it differs, on the positive side, is that the monster, instead of being a hulking and hideous creature, is a lucid man who, in addition to needing little time to recover from his transplant, fully understands his predicament. Where it falters is with Dr Frankenstein himself. Normally portrayed as a quasi-likable madman pushing the boundaries of science, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed portrays him as a blackmailer, kidnapper and rapist, leaving the audience with no protagonist to get behind. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review deano w Very entertaining with plot that focuses of the excellent Cushing as the mad doctor. The monster is surprisingly normal which is interesting as he visits his wife. Plot driven from the first scene and /cushing proves his worth in the difficult role. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/13/17 Full Review Audience Member Okay Hammer Horror picture about the evil Baron Frankenstein, Peter Cushing, trying to resurrect the dead again. This time he's putting the brain of his brilliant doctor friend into a dead man's body. Things do go not as planned. Like most Hammer pictures of the time, there is lots of blood and heaving bosoms. This film does have one unfortunate rape scene included that was added to the film in post production over the objections of the director and actors by the producers who felt the film needed more sex. It's an unpleasant scene and then is never brought up again in the film, so it absolutely makes to sense. Freddie Jones also appears in the film. There is also a fine score by James Bernard, but overall, this is a weaker Hammer Horror picture. I read several reviews saying how this was the best in the Hammer Frankenstein films, but now that I think about it, I I much preferred some of the prior films over this one. Watch the gonzo "Frankenstein's Army" for a much cooler reboot of the old Mary Shelly story. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Cushing's Baron is completely unsympathetic in this film. He's lost whatever humanity he might have once had. His further descent into debauchery and madness is the selling point though. We don't need much of a monster in this one; Frankenstein himself is the monster this time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Variety Staff Variety A good-enough example of its low-key type, with artwork rather better than usual (less obvious backcloths, etc.), a minimum of artless dialog, good lensing by Arthur Grant and a solid all round cast. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Time Out Staff Time Out Fisher taps a rich vein of Romanticism here, making this the high point of a series that afterwards degenerated into the sloppy self-parody of Jimmy Sangster's The Horror of Frankenstein. Jan 26, 2006 Full Review Joshua Vasquez Slant Magazine One of the finest of the seven entries in Hammer's Frankenstein cycle. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 28, 2004 Full Review Alan Jones Radio Times Jones is astonishing as the anguished victim of the transplant, whose wife fails to recognise him and rejects him, prompting his revenge plan. Rated: 3/5 Nov 27, 2019 Full Review Alberto Abuín Espinof An extraordinary film that presents a new sample of the talent of a director that hides a very suggestive ethical / aesthetic balance. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 27, 2019 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing This 1969 effort might be the worst picture in the entire Hammer Frankenstein cycle, losing sight of the character of the obsessed scientist in an effort to score some cheap thrills. Rated: 2/4 Oct 10, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis The baron (Peter Cushing) makes a couple (Veronica Carlson, Simon Ward) help him put a mad doctor's brain in another doctor's body.
      Director
      Terence Fisher
      Production Co
      Hammer Films
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 5, 2012
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