The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

UK, USA, 1958
86m 11s (UK – video), 90m (USA – theatrical), 93m 35s (UK – theatrical)
35mm, Technicolor
mono, English

A British/American horror film directed by Terence Fisher.

Plot Summary

Frankenstein escapes the guillotine and flees to Carlsbruck where he passes himself off as Dr Victor Stein and makes a living as a general practitioner. Three years later, while working in the town’s hospital for the poor (where he carries on his experiments), he is recognised by a visiting physician, Dr Hans Kleve and the two decide to work together on creating a new artificial man. Using donors from the hospital, Frankenstein has built a new body into which he agrees to transplant the brain of his hunchbacked assistant Karl. Once completed and given life, the new creature is left in the care of the poor hospital where a well-meaning nurse releases it. As the new Karl tries to destroy his old body, a sadistic janitor savagely beats the creature and his brain is badly damaged, triggering cannibalistic urges…

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Terence Fisher
© MCMLVIII [1958] Cadogan Films Ltd.
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents a Hammer Film production
Executive Producer: Michael Carreras
Produced by: Anthony Hinds
Associate Producer: Anthony Nelson Keys
Production Manager: Don Weeks
Written by: Jimmy Sangster
Additional Dialogue by: Hurford Janes; George Baxt *
Assistant Director: Robert Lynn
Second Assistant Director: Tom Walls *
3rd Assistant Director: Hugh Harlow *
Continuity: Doreen Dearnaley
Director of Photography: Jack Asher
Camera Operator: Len Harris
1st Assistant Camera: Harry Oakes *
Clapper/Loader: Tony Powell *
Chief Electrician: Jack Curtis *
Still Cameraman: Tom Edwards *
Supervising Editor: James Needs
Editor: Alfred Cox
1st Assistant Editor: Peter Todd *
2nd Assistant Editor: Alan Corder *
Music: Leonard Salzedo
Sound Recordist: Jock May
Sound Camera Operator: Michael Sale *
Boom Operator: Jim Perry *
Boom Assistant: Alex Carver-Hill *
Sound Maintenance: Charles Bouvet *
Dubbing Crew: Anvil Films Unit *
RCA Sound Recording
Wardrobe: Rosemary Burrows
Make-up: Phil Leakey
Hair Stylist: Henry Montsash
Production Designer: Bernard Robinson
Assistant Art Director: Don Mingaye *
Production Secretary: Patricia Green *
Publicity Director: Colin Reed *
Studio: Bray Studios, Berkshire, England, UK *
Casting Director: Dorothy Holloway *

Cast
Peter Cushing (Doctor Victor Stein [Baron Frankenstein])
Francis Matthews (Doctor Hans Kleve)
Eunice Gayson (Margaret)
Michael Gwynn (Karl)
John Welsh (Bergman)
Richard Wordsworth (up patient)
Lionel Jeffries (Fritz)
Michael Ripper (Kurt)
Oscar Quitak (dwarf)
Arnold Diamond (Molke)
Charles Lloyd Pack (president)
John Stuart (inspector)
Margery Gresley (Countess Barscynska)
Anna Walmsley (Vera Barscynska)
George Woodbridge (janitor)
Ian Whittaker (boy)
Avril Leslie (girl)
Alex Gallier [priest at execution] *
John Gayford [footman] *
George Hirste [smoking patient] *
Raymond Hodge [official at exhumation] *
Gerald Lawson [legless patient] *
Eugene Leahy [Klein] *
Michael Mulcaster [Harry the tatooed patient] *
Gordon Needham [male nurse] *
Julia Nelson [Inga] *
Robert Brooks Turner [Joseph the groom] *
Freddie Watts, Middleton Woods [patients] *

Alternative Titles

Blood of Frankenstein – working title
Frankensteins Rache – Germany
Ich bin Frankenstein – Germany
La vendetta di Frankenstein – Italy

Sequel to
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Sequels
The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
Frankenstein Created Woman (1966)
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

See also
The Flesh and the Fiends (1959)

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

References

Periodicals

  • Castle of Frankenstein no.24 p.55
  • The Daily Cinema no.7935 (2 January 1958) p.4 – note
  • The Daily Cinema no.8046 (27 August 1958) p.7 – review
  • Film & TV Technician Supplement September 1958 – credits (including many uncredited names)
  • The Film Daily vol.113 no.118 (18 June 1958) p.6 – review
  • Filmfax no.61 (June/July 1997) p.56 – illustrated article (The Revenge of Frankenstein by Deborah Del Vecchio)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.150 no.22 (18 June 1958) p.3 – credits, review
  • The House That Hammer Built no.2 (April 1997) pp.86-90 – illustrated article (The Revenge of Frankenstein)
  • The House That Hammer Built no.10 (October 1998) pp.91-106 – illustrated article (Terence Fisher)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.25 no.296 (September 1958) p.117 – credits, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.211 no.12 (21 June 1958) p.872 – review
  • Shivers no.41 (May 1997) pp.34-37 – illustrated article (by James Abery)
  • Sight & Sound vol.3 no.9 (September 1993) p.62 – video review
  • Variety 18 June 1958 p.6 – credits, review

Books

  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.365 – credits, synopsis
  • The Charm of Evil: The Life and Films of Terence Fisher by Wheeler Winston Dixon pp.269-270, 296; 516-517 – notes; credits
  • Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982 by Michael R. Pitts pp.198-200
  • Educational Institutions in Horror Film: A History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams by Andrew L. Grunzke pp.40-41
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.47, 64, 68-70, 69, 81, 95, 109, 126, 161, 358
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.75
  • Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.684-686 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.329
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.101 – credits, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.401 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.197-198
  • Terence Fisher by Peter Hutchings pp.10, 66, 82, 94-98, 100, 101, 102, 109, 117, 143, 144, 145, 146, 154-155, 158 – notes
  • Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion by Paul Leggett pp.19-21, 79, 187 – notes
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith p.186