The Evil Of Frankenstein
| 84 MINS | COLOUR | HAMMER |
The Baron, on the run, is using a water-mill to power his evil experiments. When a priest breaks in and destroys his equipment, he has to leave abruptly. Forced to go on the run again, he decides to return with his assistant Hans to his deserted chateau in his home town of Karlstaad that he left years ago.
Arriving at Karlstaad castle with his assistant Hans, Baron Frankenstein revives the monster he created years ago when he finds it, with the help of a deaf girl, preserved in a glacier. When he has problems activating the creature’s brain, he has to turn to a hypnotist called Zoltan.
Zoltan revives the creature but also uses it as an instrument of revenge against people who have wronged him in the past. Zoltan’s murderous ways lead to a confrontation between the Baron and the townspeople.
When Frankenstein discovers what Zoltan has been doing, he evicts him from the castle. Zoltan then orders the creature to attack Frankenstein, who fends it off with an oil lamp. Zoltan is brutally killed in the melee.
While the Baron is battling the creature, which is now going berserk and knocking flammable liquids everywhere, Hans manages to escape with the deaf girl. Looking back, they see the castle explode and fall over a cliff. The fate of Baron Frankenstein is left unknown.
AllMovie: The worst of Hammer Films’ Frankenstein series, this dismal third installment suffers from the direction of the studio’s resident hack, Freddie Francis.
SpookyIsles: Some nice visual touches, an energetic performance from Cushing and an overall sense of adventure just about saves The Evil of Frankenstein from complete ridicule.
BestHorrorMovies: This feels like an odd entry in the series. It is in fact the worst of all Hammer Frankenstein movies, but it’s worth a look, if you have nothing better or to do. There are certainly worse movies out there, and anytime Cushing is playing the Baron its always worth a look for that reason alone.
This is one of the less well received films from Hammer studios. On its release it was greeted with little enthusiasm from critics and film fans alike. On the plus side, the camera work and production design are excellent, and indeed it was one of the most expensive Hammer productions when it was made.
Baron Frankenstein: I realised long ago that the only way to prove my theories was to make something in my laboratory that actually lived. I never told you, Hans… I succeeded once.
- Directed by Freddie Francis
- Produced by Anthony Hinds
- Music by Don Banks
- Cinematography John Wilcox
- Production company Hammer Film Productions
- Hammer was able to copy elements from the Universal films for the first time, including the monster-make-up, as the film was distributed by Universal.
- The film was self-contained and not a sequel to any of the other Frankenstein features.
Peter Cushing — Baron Frankenstein | Peter Woodthorpe — Prof. Zoltan the Hypnotist | Duncan Lamont — Karlstaad Chief of Police | Sandor Eles — Hans, Frankenstein’s Assistant | Katy Wild — Beggar Girl | David Hutcheson — Burgomaster of Karlstaad | James Maxwell — Priest | Howard Goorney — Drunk | Anthony Blackshaw — Policeman | David Conville — Policeman | Caron Gardner — Burgomaster’s Wife | Kiwi Kingston — The Creature