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- "I've harmed nobody, just robbed a few graves!"
- ―Baron Frankenstein
|The Curse of Frankenstein|
The creature created by man and forgotten by nature!
|Title||The Curse of Frankenstein|
|Directed by||Terence Fisher|
|Written by||Jimmy Sangster|
|Produced by||Michael Carreras; Anthony Hinds; Max Rosenberg; Anthony Nelson-Keys|
|Music by|| James Bernard|
|Edited by||James Needs|
|Distributed by||Hammer Film Productions; Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)|| May 2nd, 1957 (UK)|
June 25th, 1957 (US)
|Running time||82 min.|
|Budget|| £65,000 (UK)|
|Gross revenue||$7,000,000 (US)|
|Followed by||Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)|
The Curse of Frankenstein is a British horror film directed by Terence Fisher and written by Jimmy Sangster. Released in 1957, the film is loosely based on Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus. It was produced by Hammer Film Productions and is the first film to spawn a franchise designed to revitalize the popularity of the classic monsters as depicted in the films of the 1930s and 40s by Universal Pictures. The movie stars Peter Cushing in the role of Doctor Frankenstein and brings the viewer along the journey of Victor's youth as an intelligent boarding school student up until middle-age, where he grows into a scientific genius, obsessed with the notion of creating life from nothingness. The film also stars Robert Urquhart as Frankenstein's non-deformed assistant Paul Krempe and Hazel Court as his betrothed Elizabeth. Christopher Lee dons the scars and makeup of the Frankenstein Monster and the film signals the beginning of many such productions in which Lee and Cushing play opposite one another, including other Hammer Horror franchises such as the Dracula and Mummy film projects. A sequel to The Curse of Frankenstein was produced in 1958 entitled Revenge of Frankenstein.
|Peter Cushing||Victor Frankenstein|
|Robert Urquhart||Paul Krempe|
|Christopher Lee||The Creature|
|Melvyn Hayes||Young Victor|
|Paul Hardtmuth||Professor Bernstein|
|Claude Kingston||Little boy|
|Sally Walsh||Young Elizabeth|
|Eugene Leahy||2nd priest|
|Raymond Rollett||Father Felix|
Notes & Trivia Edit
- Production on The Curse of Frankenstein began on November 19th, 1956 and concluded on December 24th, 1956. It was filmed primarily at Bray Studios in Berkshire, England. Other shooting locations include Black Park, Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire and Oakley Court on Windsor Road in Oakley Green, Windsor.
- Grossing more than $7,000,000 (US), The Curse of Frankenstein held the largest box-office profit for a British studio for many years.
- The Curse of Frankenstein is the first horror film work for director Terence Fisher. Following this film, Fisher reinvigorates the world's most infamous vampire in 1958's The Horror of Dracula.
- This is writer Jimmy Sangster's second horror project for Hammer. He also wrote the script for the 1956 sci-fi thriller X the Unknown. He teams up with Terence Fisher for The Horror of Dracula in 1958.
- Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee both appeared in previous film roles together, but never a horror feature. They both appeared in Hamlet in 1948 and in Moulin Rouge in 1952. They both appear next in The Horror of Dracula. Lee plays the title role of Count Dracula, while Cushing plays the part of vampire hunter Van Helsing.
- First Frankenstein movie to be filmed in color.
- Actress Valerie Gaunt also played a vampire woman in Horror of Dracula in 1958. These two films are her only known film works.
See also Edit
External Links Edit
- The Curse of Frankenstein at Wikipedia
- The Curse of Frankenstein at AllRovi.com
- The Curse of Frankenstein at BritMovie.co.uk
- The Curse of Frankenstein at The Terror Trap
- The Curse of Frankenstein at Eccentric Cinema
- The Curse of Frankenstein at Rotten Tomatoes
- The Curse of Frankenstein at Popcorn Pictures
- The Curse of Frankenstein at BFI Screenonline
- The Curse of Frankenstein at The Brimstone Pit
- The Curse of Frankenstein at Turner Classic Movies
- The Curse of Frankenstein at Best-Horror-Movies.com
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