The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

USA, UK, 1964
84m, 86m
35mm film, colour
mono, English

An American/British horror/science fiction film directed by Freddie Francis. It was the first of Hammer Film Productions’ Frankenstein films not to be directed by Terence Fisher.

Plot Summary

Frankenstein and his assistant Hans return to the Baron’s castle in Karlstad after an absence of many years to resume their work. Frankenstein is led by a young deaf-mute girl to the body of his first creation frozen in a block of ice. Frankenstein revives the creature and calls upon the services of shady hypnotist Zoltan to help him control the monster. But Zoltan is determined to use the creature for his own ends…


* = uncredited [names taken from a listing published in Film and TV Technician vol.30 no.233 (June 1964)]

Directed by: Freddie Francis
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A Hammer Film production
Produced by: Anthony Hinds
Production Manager: Don Weeks
Screenplay by: John Elder [real name: Anthony Hinds]
Assistant Director: Bill Cartlidge
2nd Assistant Director: Hugh Harlow *
3rd Assistant Director: Stephen Victor *
Continuity: Pauline Harlow
Director of Photography: John Wilcox
Camera Operator: Ronnie Maasz
2nd Camera Operator: Ginger Gemmel *
1st Camera Assistant: (Focus): Geoffrey Glover *
Other Camera Assistant: Anthony B. Richmond *
Still Cameraman: Tom Edwards *
Supervising Editor: James Needs
1st Assistant Editor: Chris Barnes *
2nd Assistant Editor: George Patten *
Music Composed by: Don Banks
Music Supervisor: Philip Martell
Musical Director: John Hollingsworth [uncredited]
Sound Recordist: Ken Rawkins
Sound Camera Operator: Al Thorne *
Boom Operator: Tom Buchanan *
Boom Assistant: Roy Mingaye *
Sound Maintenance: Charles Bouvet *
Sound Editor: Roy Hyde
Sound Transfer Operator: Michael Sale *
Dubbing Crew: Anvil Films Ltd *
RCA Sound Recording
Wardrobe Mistress: Rosemary Burrows
Make up Artist: Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist: Frieda Steiger
Special Effects: Les Bowie
Art Director: Don Mingaye
Draughtsman: Fred Carter *
Scenic Artist: Felix Sergejak *
Production Accountant: Roy Skeggs *
Production Secretary: Maureen White *
Publicity Director: Dennison Thornton *
Produced at Bray Studios, England

Peter Cushing (Baron Frankenstein)
Peter Woodthorpe (Zoltan)
Duncan Lamont (Chief of Police)
Sandor Eles (Hans)
Katy Wild (beggar girl)
David Hutcheson (burgomaster)
James Maxwell (priest)
Howard Goorney (drunk)
Kiwi Kingston (creature)
Anthony Blackshaw, David Conville (policemen)
Caron Gardner (Burgomaster’s wife)
Kenneth Cove [Curé – uncredited]
Alistair Williamson [landlord – uncredited]
Frank Forsyth [manservant – uncredited]
Michelle Scott [little girl – uncredited]
Tony Arpino [bodysnatcher – uncredited]
Timothy Bateson [hypnotised man – uncredited]
Robert Flynn, James Garfield, Derek Martin, Anthony Poole [roustabouts – uncredited]
Patrick Horgan [David Carrell – uncredited]
Steven Geray [Dr Sergado [US TV version only]
Maria Palmer [Rena’s mother [US TV version only]
William Phipps [Rena’s father [US TV version only]
Tracy Stratford [Rena as a child [US TV version only]

Alternative Titles

L’empreinte de Frankenstein – French title
Frankensteins Ungeheuer – German title
La rivolta di Frankenstein – Italian title

Sequel to
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

Frankenstein Created Woman (1966)
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

Extracts included in
The World of Hammer: The Curse of Frankenstein (1994)



  • British National Film Catalogue vol.2 (1964) – credits
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.5 pp.613
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.24 pp.36-39
  • The Daily Cinema no.8903 (22 April 1964) p.9 – review
  • Dark Terrors no.15 (February 1998) pp.13-21 – illustrated article (The Evil of Frankenstein by Jonathan Sothcott)
  • Famous Monsters of Filmland no.30 (September 1964) pp.28-43 – illustrated article (The return of Frankenstein by uncredited)
  • Fangoria vol.7 no.66 (August 1987) p.32 – illustrated video review (The Video Eye of Dr. Cyclops)
  • Film and TV Technician vol.30 no.233 (June 1964) supplement – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.180 no.8 (21 April 1964) p.3 – credits, review
  • The House That Hammer Built no.4 (August 1997) pp.210-219 – illustrated article (The Evil of Frankenstein)
  • Kine Weekly no.2951 (23 April 1964) p.13 – review
  • Midi-Minuit Fantastique no.9 (July 1964) p.47 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.31 no.365 (June 1964) p.92 – credits, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.231 no.10 (13 May 1964) p.51 – review
  • Scary Monsters 1996 Yearbook p.4 – illustrated review
  • Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) pp.31-32 – illustrated article (Frankenstein End of a legend by Tim Stout)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.161 – credits, review
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed). p.221 – credits, review
  • A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.188-190; 194 – article; credits
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.124-26, 125, 161, 162
  • Feature films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.128 – credits
  • The Films of Freddie Francis by Wheeler Winston Dixon pp.88-93, 98-99, 188-193
  • Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.255-259 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Hammer Story by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes pp.80-81; 180 – illustrated article, review; credits
  • The Hammer Vault by Marcus Hearn pp.70-71 – illustrated article
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.125 – credits, review
  • Illustrated Frankenstein Movie Guide by Stephen Jones pp.65-66 – credits, review
  • Nightwalkers pp.27-29 – illustrated review
  • Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films by Deborah Del Vecchio and Tom Johnson pp.167-171 – illustrated credits, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.127 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.200-203 – illustrated credits, review
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.167-168 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Straight Story from Moby Dick to Glory by Freddie Francis with Tony Dalton pp.124-128, 146; 268 – notes; credits
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith p.94