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The Curse of Frankenstein
Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
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
John Hollingsworth
Cinematography: Jack Asher
Edited by: James Needs
Distributed by: Hammer Film Productions; Warner Bros.
Released: May 2nd, 1957 (UK)
June 25th, 1957 (US)
Rating: X
Running time: 82 min.
Country: UK
Language: English
Budget: £65,000 (UK)
$500,000 (US)
Gross: $7,000,000 (US)
Next: 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.

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  • The tagline for this film is "The creature created by man and forgotten by nature!"
  • 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.
  • The Curse of Frankenstein was re-released to theaters in the UK in 1961 and in the US in 1963.
  • 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.

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