Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

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"The Most Frightening Frankenstein Movie Ever!"
  • PG-13
  • 1969
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 6.7  (5,169)

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a 1969 horror film directed by Terence Fisher, starring Peter Cushing as the evil Baron Frankenstein. The film is the fifth in the series of Hammer Horror productions featuring the legendary monster-making doctor. The story takes place in early 20th century Germany, where Baron Frankenstein has escaped from an asylum and returned to his mad scientist ways. He is now bent on finding a cure for his wife's madness, which he blames on a botched brain transplant in his previous experiment. To achieve this, he enlists the help of a young couple, Dr. Simon Helder (played by Freddie Jones) and his girlfriend Anna (Veronica Carlson), who work at the asylum. In exchange for their aid, Frankenstein promises to help Doctor Helder gain a promotion.

However, Frankenstein's methods are as unethical as ever. He kidnaps Doctor Helder and forces him to assist in the transplant surgery, which involves stealing the brain of an innocent young woman. Anna becomes increasingly horrified and conflicted as she witnesses the horrific experimentation and must decide whether to help Frankenstein or stop him before he causes any more harm.

Throughout the film, there are tense scenes of surgery and torture that will make your skin crawl. Peter Cushing is exceptional as the ruthless villain, delivering every line with a calm arrogance that makes his character all the more menacing. Freddie Jones is a standout as well, bringing a level of humanity to his character that is often lacking in Hammer films.

In addition to the gruesome horror elements, the film also explores themes of morality and the dangers of playing God. As Frankenstein becomes more obsessed with his goal, he becomes increasingly willing to sacrifice innocent lives to achieve it. This raises important questions about the responsibility of scientists and doctors to consider the ethical implications of their work.

The film is not without its flaws, however. The pacing can be slow in places, and some of the subplots feel unnecessary. Additionally, the film's portrayal of mental illness is outdated by modern standards, and some viewers may find it offensive or insensitive.

Overall, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a dark and compelling entry in the Hammer Horror series. The strong performances and well-crafted story make it a must-see for horror fans, and its exploration of ethical dilemmas will leave viewers with much to ponder.

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a 1969 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7.

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
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    6.7  (5,169)