Saturday, August 6, 2016

Frankenstein must be Destroyed 1969

     Baron Frankenstein is again working on his medical experiments and he has been driven from his homeland of Bohemia.  The police raid a home and a lot of laboratory equipment is found.  This forces him to move and take a room in home with boarders.  Anna has taken over the rooming establishment after her mother became ill.  Frankenstein finds out that Karl, Anna’s fiancée, is tampering with the books at the mental hospital where he works.  He is selling the drugs he steals on the black market to pay for the expensive care Anna’s mother needs.  Frankenstein makes Karl start working for him and another laboratory is set up in the basement.  Dr. Brandt had been working on the same experiments as Frankenstein but he becomes mentally ill and he is in the mental hospital where Karl works.  Frankenstein has a plan for Dr. Brandt.
     Anna and Karl don’t stand a chance against the schemes of Frankenstein.  He doesn’t have any respect for human life and he will do anything needed to gain medical knowledge and push his experiments as far as they can go.   If this requires murder, it doesn’t matter and the number of murders doesn’t matter either.  I didn’t find this to be scary but I did feel sorry for a LOT of the characters.  3* (This movie is OK)  

101 min, Horror directed by Terence Fisher with Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones, Simon Ward, Thorley Walters, Maxine Audley, George Pravda, Geoffrey Bayldon, Colette O’Neil.

Note:  Imdb 6.9 out of 10, 50% critic 69% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.4* out of 5* with 64 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Stanmore Hall, Wood Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex, England, UK.  There is a mistake too.  The flowers in the buttonhole of Frankenstein’s jacket change color and shape between shots.

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