May 2, 1957: The Curse Of Frankenstein

“NO-ONE WHO SAW IT LIVED TO DESCRIBE IT!”

Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended. [IMDB]

The_Curse_of_Frankenstein-1957The Curse of Frankenstein is a British horror film by Hammer Film Productions, loosely based on the novel Frankenstein (1818) by Mary Shelley. It was Hammer’s first colour horror film, and the first of their Frankenstein series. Its worldwide success led to several sequels, and the studio’s new versions of Dracula (1958) and The Mummy (1959) and established “Hammer Horror” as a distinctive brand of Gothic cinema. The film was directed by Terence Fisher and stars Peter Cushing as Victor Frankenstein, Hazel Court as Elizabeth, and Christopher Lee as the creature.

TV comedy favourite Melvyn Hayes (It Ain’t Half Hot Mum) played Young Victor.

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Peter Cushing, who was then best known for his leading roles in British television, was sought out by Hammer for this film. Christopher Lee’s casting, meanwhile, resulted largely from his height (6′ 5″). Hammer had earlier considered the even taller (6 ‘7″) Bernard Bresslaw for the role. Universal fought hard to prevent Hammer from duplicating aspects of their 1931 film, and so it was down to make-up artist Phil Leakey to design a new-look creature bearing no resemblance to the Boris Karloff original created by Jack Pierce. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Hammer YouTube Channel.

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