Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

UK, 1972
93m (USA), 99m, 8,775 feet
35mm film, Technicolor
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Terence Fisher. It was the seventh and final instalment in Hammer's series and it ignores the events of its immediate predecessor The Horror of Frankenstein (1970).

Plot Summary

Dr Simon Helder an ambitious young surgeon, employs a sleazy grave-robber to obtain the raw material for his unorthodox researches and is soon caught out and imprisoned in an asylum for the criminally insane near Carlsbad. There he discovers that the director is a stooge for Baron Frankenstein, here passing himself off as Dr Karl Victor, who is up to his old tricks again, aided by beautiful mute Angel. With the world believing that he's dead, Frankenstein is free to carry on his researches, taking on Helder as his apprentice and involving him in the creation of his latest ‘experiment', a hirsute, hulking monstrosity with the body of a brutish inmate named Schneider.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Terence Fisher
© MVMLXXIII [1973] Hammer Film Productions Limited
A Hammer production
Produced by: Roy Skeggs
Screen-play by: John Elder [real name: Anthony Hinds]
Director of Photography: Brian Probyn
Editor: James Needs
Music Composed by: James Bernard
Sound Recordist: Les Hammond
Wardrobe Supervisor: Dulcie Midwinter
Make-Up: Eddie Knight
Hairdresser: Maud Onslow
Art Director: Scott MacGregor
Made at: EMI/MGM Elstree Studios, Boreham Wood, Hertfordshire, England

Cast
Peter Cushing (Baron [Victor] Frankenstein[/Dr Carl Victor])
Shane Briant (Simon [Helder])
Madeline Smith (Sarah[/The Angel])
Dave Prowse (monster)
John Stratton (asylum director)
Michael Ward (transvest [sic])
Elsie Wagstaff (wild one)
Norman Mitchell (police sergeant)
Clifford Mollison (judge)
Patrick Troughton (bodysnatcher)
Philip Voss (Ernst)
Chris Cunningham (Hans)
Charles Lloyd-Pack (Professor Durendel)
Lucy Griffiths (old hag)
Bernard Lee (Tarmut)
Sydney Bromley (Muller)
Andrea Lawrence (brassy girl)
Jerrold Wells (landlord)
Sheila Dunion (Gerda)
Mischa De La Motte (Twitch)

Alternative Titles

Frankenstein e il mostro dell'inferno – Italy
Frankenstein e le monstre de l'enfer – France
Frankenstein e o Monstro do Inferno – Portugal
Frankenstein en het monster van de hel – Netherlands
Frankenstein ja vampyyrin kosto – Finland

Sequel to
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
Frankenstein Created Woman (1966)
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

Extracts included in
Bikers, Blondes and Blood (1993)
It Came from Hollywood (1982)
Peter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood (1989)
The World of Hammer: Hammer Stars: Peter Cushing (1994)
The World of Hammer: The Curse of Frankenstein (1994)

Press

1994
Flesh and Blood no.3 (1994) pp.32-34
Cushing's imperious performance – supposedly an inmate but truly the master of is pivotal as ever to the film, which predates the future gore of the late 70s and early 80s horror films […] Although often reviled by critics and fans alike for being too downbeat, too mean-spirited and too impersonal, I rather take these qualities as being integral to the final message for the entire Frankenstein series – that unfettered medical experimenting can give rise to such a salutary state of affairs. Given the film's unusual setting and compelling theoretical strains I rate it as one of Hammer's best Frankenstein films – up there with Curse of and Must Be Destroyed, and undoubtedly finer than most of the contemporary films of the period. – from an illustrated review by Andy Black

References

Periodicals

  • Castle of Frankenstein no.24 p.49
  • Cinema of the '70s no.1 (2020) pp.49-68 – illustrated article (Straight on till '79: A decade of Hammer horror by Ian Taylor)
  • The Dark Side no.55 p.27 – review
  • Flesh and Blood no.3 (1994) pp.32-34 – illustrated credits, review (by Andy Black)
  • Is It Uncut? no.5 p.15 – review
  • Shivers no.52 p.8 – review
  • Video Junkie no.1 p.26 – review
  • Video Watchdog no.14 p.10 – review

Books

  • The Charm of Evil: The Life and Films of Terence Fisher by Wheeler Winston Dixon pp.259, 279-290; 544-545 – notes; credits
  • English Gothic (2nd edition) by Jonathan Rigby pp.209-210 – credits, review
  • Film Review -75 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.192
  • Film Review 1975-76 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.168
  • The Hammer Story by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes pp.160-161 – illustrated article, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.142 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.141 – credits
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.83 – credits, review
  • Ten Years of Terror pp.149-150 – illustrated credits, review (Jonathan Sothcott)
  • Terence Fisher by Peter Hutchings pp.1, 11, 13, 124, 144, 145, 158-159 – notes
  • Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion by Paul Leggett pp.35-43, 147, 189 – notes
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.105-106

Other Sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide May 2013 p.5