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Monday, 21 September 2015

The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

Hammer’s sixth Frankenstein film is basically a retelling of their first but with a comedic slant, both direct and subtle. It sounds like a terrible idea on paper, doubly so when you find out that Cushing is absent, so it’s all the more surprising to find that it’s genuinely entertaining for the first hour, only going to shit once the creature appears. Ralph Bates takes on the Baron’s role, playing him with a supercilious and icy chill. Hammer semi-regular Veronica Carlson is the glamour, but her character is trounced by Kate O'Mara’s. As the house maid, O'Mara meets the Baron’s iron will with her own cold-cast one.

2½ late ventures out of 5

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