OOM #11 – Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973)

Well, this is a surprise! I expected to review ‘The Horror of Frankenstein’ (1970) but today I knew that it isn’t part of the official Frankenstein Hammer series, because it doesn’t star Peter Cushing! All of this was knowledgeable to me thanks to James Rolfe’s video review of ‘Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell’ (1973) where he speaks of today’s film and also about the 1970 reboot with another actor, you can watch that interesting document right here. As for my review of this last film of the series (who knows what expects me tomorrow?), you can read it below right now.

This is like the pilot episode for a tv series starring the New Adventures of Baron Victor von Frankenstein, see him as he tries to elude justice and continue his exploits in science on different locations of the world, using different names. It even ends like a pilot, with Frankenstein forgetting the horrible creature he just made and just goes ahead, trying to find something new to do with his time. He has two helpers here, and he is acting inside an asylum for the criminal insane, and he uses the bodies and brains of those who come to his office for a medical practice so that he can take them for himself. This time he has an awful creature that looks completely ridiculous (the monster is from hell indeed).

The movie is a series of outrageous scenes one after the other, murders, and transplants, operations and murders, attacks and blood everywhere. It’s like the perfect Frankenstein film if it ever went down the road of going on like Jason Vorhees did in the 80’s turning, with time, even more violent and gratituous, but still there’s lots of fun to be had here, specially thanks to Peter Cushing and his masterful dominion of the acting and the character of the Baron: witty and intelligent, but also mockful and filled with insight, as well as lust. The movie falls a bit short compared to the first ones, as it doesn’t present much of a challenge to him as a doctor, and not even as an advancement of the plot of the series. This is where it ends, and it’s better to end here than to stall, as many other sequels, series and franchises do.



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