Sunday, June 14, 2009

Frankenstein Created Woman 1967 Review

Frankenstein Created Woman 1967
Director: Terence Fisher
Writer: Anthony Hinds
Starring Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Thorley Walters and Robert Morris

When I think classic gothic horror, My mind first remembers Hammer films rather than the Universal classics, as they really were some of the formative films of my love for the horror genre, and when I think Frankenstein films I always think of the incomparable work of Peter Cushing. He is just magnetic and commanding as Baron Frankenstein and he can truly be evil at times. The ambience of the films and the moody music also make these films atmospheric as hell. Frankenstein Created Woman is one of the best of the series, which some can take as a transgender take on the Frankenstein Mythos.
The plot basics are this, Baron Frankenstein (Cushing) has discovered that the soul stays alive in the human body after death and wants to transfer a soul into another living body. This comes into play later when his assistant Hans, (Morris) is accused of killing a tavern owner, whose daughter (Denberg) he is wooing and is found guilty and wrongfully executed for the crime. Christina, who is deformed sees the execution and drowns herself. Frankenstein and his assistant Doctor Hertz (Walters) retrieves the body of Hans and also gets the drowned body of Christina and begins procedures for the soul transferences while repairing Christina's body. Everything seems to be working perfectly until Christina starts hearing the voice of Hans and he compels her to go after the people responsible or killing her father. She entices them to her with sex and then brutally kills them. It culminates in Frankenstein finding out and tries to stop her, but by then it is too late and it ends tragically, with Frankenstein once again clearing the drawing board.
This is a phenomenal film. The last film was minus the direction of Terence Fisher and that was felt, so they fixed that problem with this film and the film has shades of similarity to The Bride of Frankenstein. It does it without feeling like a rip off and takes it in its own direction. The writing is tight with great characterization for Hans and Christina. The actors are great, with special props to Cushing who gives a bona fide perfect performance here. I also, loved Denberg as the conflicted Christina, who didn't know which way she was going till it was too late to change. This is one of the Hammer films without much gore but that works in its favor as the film is more about the characters and the story. This is a great Hammer film and I highly recommend it.
This one gets 5 out of 5

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