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Still Watching the Skies: Episode 67 “The Curse of Frankenstein & The Revenge of Frankenstein”

Posted on Mar 25, 2020 by | 0 comments

Robert, Nat, and Cody take in the rise of Hammer Films and color horror with THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN. And we had a bloody good time.

The Curse of Frankenstein
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THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN made Hammer Films the biggest name in horror from 1957 until the early 1970s and made stars out of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. It finally gave direction to Terence Fisher’s career and made Jimmy Sangster a much sought after screenwriter. It was hated by British critics and embraced by the general public.

It’s very easy to say that Hammer’s shocks, once considered shocking are now quite tame. But, is there depth beneath the surface? Do the performances hold up? The filmmaking? We have a lot to discuss about what does work and what doesn’t. Especially the two big words that describe Hammer’s formula.

The Curse of Frankenstein

Hammer wasted no time creating a followup to the enormous hit they had with 1958’s THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN hitting theaters just over a year later. Picking up seconds after THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN ends, Baron Frankenstein escapes the guillotine and sets up shop in another town. But, the true nature of a person has a way of showing through.

The Revenge of Frankenstein

And Frankenstein vows to have his revenge.

In many ways, THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN is more of a science fiction film than the visceral horror film of its predecessor. Even if Baron Frankenstein is perhaps even more transgressive by amputating parts from the living poor. Does that mean that it’s worse? Or better? Does he have his revenge? Does he perhaps win in the end? We have a lot to say on this one.

The Revenge of Frankenstein

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Time tracks:

THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN Discussion: 0:00 to 38:06
THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN Discussion: 38:06 to 1:21:55
Next Film and Outro: 1:21:55 to End

Next month, we stick to English science fiction films of the 1950s with THE TROLLENBERG TERROR aka THE CRAWLING EYE. We hope you’ll join us too.

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