Horror of Frankenstein (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region A
- Released: August 20, 2019
- Originally Released: 1970
- Label: Shout Factory
- Note: Presented in two Aspect Ratios - 1.85:1 & 1.66:1
- New Audio Commentary by Film Historian Bruce G. Hallenbeck
- "Gallows Humor: Inside Horror of Frankenstein"
- Audio Commentary with Jimmy Sangster and Hammer Films Historian Marcus Hearn
- Vintage Interview with actress Veronica Carlson
- Theatrical Trailer
- DTS HD Master Audio
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara, Veronica Carlson & Dennis Price|
|Performer:||Jon Finch, Bernard Archard, David Prowse & Joan Rice|
|Directed by||Jimmy Sangster|
|Edited by||Chris Barnes|
|Screenplay by||Jimmy Sangster & Jeremy Burnham|
|Composition by||Malcolm Williamson|
|Produced by||Jimmy Sangster|
|Director of Photography:||Moray Grant|
Rating: 2.5/5 -- The film shatters, with awkward horror pitted against rather bland sheepishness. But it was good fun while it lasted. Hammer almost had something special. Full Review
New York Times
Here, with the face of the emerging Ralph Bates at that time, a strange exercise is performed that works as remake and prequel. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
Rating: 1/4 -- A feeble attempt by Hammer to bring some freshness to its series of Frankenstein films by introducing black humor. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- If this is what Hammer thought the kids in 1970 wanted, it's little wonder that kids stayed far away. Full Review
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Sangster's excursion into irony and black comedy under the guise of Gothic horror was a daring step in the right direction, even if that step was somewhat awkward and unsure
Q Network Film Desk
Rating: 54/100 -- One of eight Frankenstein films produced by Hammer Films, The Horror of Frankenstein may not prove to be the worst of the lot, but it sure is one of the wackiest.
Rating: 2/5 -- Poor attempt by Hammer to create their version of Frankenstein, featuring the usually reliable Bates offering a rather irritating performance as the scientist who goes beyond the call of science. Full Review
Coming at the tail end of Hammer Studios' Frankestein cycle (it was preceeded by the classic CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED), HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN takes the familiar story in a much different direction than its predecessors. The film finds young Victor Frankenstein (Bates) becoming fed up with his boorish father and his boring classes. Longing to escape to Vienna to experiment in his lab, Victor offs his father and quits school. Soon Victor has successfully re-animated a turtle and begins work on his ultimate creation--a human made out of dead body parts. Taking place in a vaguely mod-ish 18th century where the characters carry on as if they were London during the swingin' 1960s, HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN has its tongue planted firmly in cheek.
A young medical student with the surname Frankenstein quits school and attempts to continue his studies on his own. But when he builds a living creature from dead body parts, will the monster's actions make Frankenstein wish he had never left college'
- Produced by Associated British Productions, Elstree, but only in conjunction with Hammer Films.
Part of Hammer Films' "Frankenstein" series.
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