31 Days of Halloween-Day Seven: Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

I love the Hammer Frankenstein series. And I agree with Brother D over at 1951 Down Place, any movie is made better with Peter Cushing. The unique difference between the Hammer series and the Universal series is that Hammer has the same character of Baron Frankenstein in all of the movies but a different creature in each one. Universal is the opposite, staying with the same creature in all of it’s films. By 1967, Cushing had played the Baron three times already. It’s easy to see his character is legitimately the same man in the first two (Curse of Frankenstein and Revenge of Frankenstein) but in Evil of Frankenstein the continuity begins to blur. For his fourth appearance, Cushing begins Frankenstein Created Woman with the suspicion of the villagers but not outright hatred. The movie centers more around the human soul and less about the creation of a creature. In fact, the woman he brings back to life, Christina (played by the lovely but dubbed Susan Denberg) has to be the best looking of all the Frankenstein monsters. She was scarred on her face and had other deformities before taking her own life after witnessing her lover Hans murdered. Baron Frankenstein transforms her into a beautiful woman. However, her beauty isn’t the issue, it’s the fact that she possesses the brain (and soul) of her dead lover, who just happened to have an insane father. The insanity seems to have run in the family and Christina goes on a rampage of vengeance against those who mistreated her, killer her father and allowed Hans to pay for that crime. Another great cast member is Thorley Walters, a Hammer character actor you’ll recognize right away, who plays Dr. Hertz. In this film, he has the medical skills while the Baron has the ingenuity who guides him. It’s a very different type of Frankenstein film and one of my personal favorites. Unfortunately, the movie is currently out-of-print on DVD, so expect to pay about $35 for used copies and as much as $60 for new. Be patient and shop around. By the way, keep an eye out at 1951 Down Place, it just so happens to be their October movie.

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