Synopsis of The Evil of Frankenstein (1963) starring Peter Cushing, Kiwi Kingston
Review of The Evil of Frankenstein
To begin with, The Evil of Frankenstein isn’t a bad movie … But it’s probably the worst Frankenstein film that Hammer Films made. The Evil of Frankenstein is the third in their series of Frankenstein movies. Unlike the previous movies, Hammer was allowed to use the iconic look of Universal’s Frankenstein movies. Since Universal was distributing the movie, they permitted it –which was a grave mistake. The makeup for the monster (played by Kiwi Kingston — love that name) looks absolutely horrible–not horrifying. It frankly looks like a latex mask purchased at a Halloween costume shop.
Also, when the Baron (Peter Cushing) tells his history in a flashback to his assistant …. It’s notably changed from the previous movies. No longer is Baron Frankenstein an amoral scientist willing to murder to achieve his goals. Instead, he’s a misunderstood scientist whose creature merely slaughtered some livestock. Also, oddly enough, the Baron’s personality is changed. He now has a quick temper that repeatedly overwhelms his better judgment. And common sense. Which leads to some of the trouble later on …
The Evil of Frankenstein – in detail
Reviving the monster
Once sober, Zoltan is initially horrified by what he’s done — but not enough to stop. The film goes downhill from there, with Zoltan nearly raping the deaf girl. Then the deaf girl tries to comfort the monster by … getting it drunk. Seriously.
The Evil of Frankenstein is available on DVD, but not on its’ own. It’s only available as part of a collection of other Hammer horror movies; with good reason. I only rate it 2 stars out of 5, and that’s frankly only because of the acting of Peter Cushing.
Quotes from The Evil of Frankenstein
Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing): I realized long ago that the only way to prove my theories was to make something in my laboratory that actually lived. I never told you, Hans… I succeeded once.
Body Snatcher: [referring to a stolen body] I’ve got it!
Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing): So I observe… And so will half the county, if you don’t hurry up and bring it inside!
Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing): [discovering a hanged effigy of himself inside his ransacked home] Why can’t they leave me alone? Why can’t they ever leave me alone?