Wednesday, September 25, 2013


     Wednesday's Classic Film Trailers is bringing a little bit of British horror to everyone from England's Hammer Studios. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) is one of the best in the studios run of reinvented classic horror films. Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy were all redone by Hammer and there numerous subsequent sequels are cherished, corny pieces of classic cinema. They also brought to the forefront the great actors Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. These films were shot in gorgeous color and contained very bright red blood that stands out prominently, especially in the run of Dracula films. They contain that proper, well-educated and mannered British sophistication and a somewhat cheesy tone when in comes to the violence. I really admire these films and the two best are Horror of Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein.
     Directed by Hammer veteran Terrence Fisher, the film, based off Mary W. Shelley's classic novel, revolves around Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his attempts at building and bringing a dead human being back to life. Playing God, if your religious, and being a creator are the ultimate in science. I love how the film shows the steps of bringing a puppy back to life and then the "creature." Cushing plays the doctor and Christopher Lee plays the monster. I love the proper attitude of the British ways and manners, as well as the doctor's fall from passionate scientist to disillusioned creator. Lee is fantastic as the creature too. Check this film out as soon as you can if you enjoy classic horror films. I believe this is the best Frankenstein film ever made, next to Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, and the second best Hammer Studios film behind Horror of Dracula. Enjoy.

Photo credit by IMDB and trailer by YouTube.

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