The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

95m, 8,591 feet
35mm film, Technicolor

A British horror film directed by Jimmy Sangster. It was the sixth of Hammer's films and attempted to restart the series albeit in a more jokey manner than before.

Plot Summary

Having engineered the death of his father and inherited his fortune, the ambitious young Victor Frankenstein relocates to Vienna where he attends university. After graduation – and after getting the dean's daughter pregnant – he returns to the family home and, with his fellow student Wilhelm, begins his experiments in reanimating dead tissue…


Directed by: Jimmy Sangster
© MCMLXX [1970] E.M.I. Film Productions Limited
E.M.I. Film Productions Limited present a Hammer Films production
Produced by: Jimmy Sangster
Screenplay by: Jeremy Burnham and Jimmy Sangster
Based on Characters Created by: Mary Shelley
Director of Photography: Moray Grant
Editor: Chris Barnes
Music Composed by: Malcolm Williamson
Recording Director: Tony Lumkin [real name: A.W. Lumkin]
Sound Recordist: Claude Hitchcock
Wardrobe Mistress: Laura Nightingale
Make Up Supervisor: Tom Smith
Hairdressing Supervisor: Pearl Tipaldi
Art Director: Scott MacGregor
Produced at: E.M.I.-M.G.M. Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, England

Ralph Bates (Victor Frankenstein)
Kate O'Mara (Alys)
Veronica Carlson (Elizabeth Heiss)
Dennis Price (graverobber)
Jon Finch (Lt Henry Becker)
Joan Rice (graverobber's wife)
Bernard Archard (Professor Heiss)
Stephen Turner (Stephan)
Graham James (Wilhelm)
Neil Wilson (schoolmaster)
James Hayter (bailiff)
James Cossins (Dean)
Glenys O'Brien (Maggie)
Geoffrey Lumsden (instructor)
C. Lethbridge Baker (priest)
Terry Duggan (1st bandit)
George Belbin (Baron)
Hal Jeayes (woodsman)
Carol Jeayes (little girl)
Michael Goldie (workman)
David Prowse as the monster

Alternative Titles

Frankensteins Schrecken – German title
Frankensteins skräck – Swedish title
Der Greuel von Frankenstein – German title
De Gruweldaden van Frankenstein – Flemish Belgian title
Les Horreurs de Frankenstein – French Belgian title
El horror de Frankenstein – Spanish title
Horror Frankensteina – Polish title
Gli orrori di Frankenstein – Italian title

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)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

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


Cinema of the '70s no.1 (2020) pp.49-68 – illustrated article (Straight on till '79: A decade of Hammer horror by Ian Taylor)
Fangoria no.207 (October 2001) p.68 – DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Matthew Kiernan)
Filmfacts vol.14 no.11 (1971) p.266 – reprinted reviews
Films and Filming vol.17 no.5 (February 1971) p.58 – review
Flesh and Blood no.2 pp.19-20 – credits, review
Halls of Horror no.27 p.22 – note
The House that Hammer Built no.7 (February 1998) pp.386-390 – production notes
Kine Weekly vol.633 no.3257 (14 March 1970) pp.3, 20; 18 – note (Hammer's first two with all-British finance from EMI-ABPC); credits (Shooting now)
Kine Weekly vol.633 no.3264 (2 May 1970) p.20(UK) – credits (Shooting now)
Kine Weekly vol.633 no.3265 (9 May 1970) p.14(UK) – credits (Shooting now)
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.37 no.442 (November 1970) p.226 – credits, synopsis, review
Sight & Sound vol.4 no.1 (January 1994) p.62 – video review
Today's Cinema no.9790 (24 March 1970) p.9 – credits
Today's Cinema no.9799 (28 April 1970) p.8 – credits (In production)
Today's Cinema no.9848 (16 October 1970) p.9 – review
Variety 21 October 1970 p.22 – credits, synopsis, review

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.221 – illustrated credits, review
Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.293
Chopped Meat: British Horror of the 1970s by Darrell Buxton p.unpaginated – note
The Encyclopedia of Novels Into Films second edition by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh pp.141-143 – credits, review (by D.B. [David Blakesley])
English Gothic (2nd edition) by Jonathan Rigby p.174 – review
Hammer Complete: The films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.405-407 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
Hammer Films: The Elstree Studio Years by Wayne Kinsey pp.181-191
The Hammer Story by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes p.138 – illustrated article, review
The Hammer Vault by Marcus Hearn pp.122-123 0 illustrated article
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.175 – credits
by Walt Lee p.200 – credits
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.207 – credits, review
Ten Years of Terror pp.30-33 – illustrated credits, review (by Harvey Fenton, Jonathan Sothcott)