Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell
| UK 99 MINS | US 93 MINS | COLOUR | HAMMER |
Baron Victor Frankenstein now finds his abode at an insane asylum. Holding secret information about the asylum's director, he has a number of privileges as the asylum's surgeon and there he continues in his evil researches.
Simon Helder's experiments involve stitching together body parts from illegally obtained cadavers. When he is brought up before the judge, he is sentenced to five years in the same insane asylum that Frankenstein stays.
Initially, Simon is treated badly by the orderlies, but when the Baron discovers him he enlists him to help with the inmates medical needs. Slowly but surely Simon is inveigled into helping the Baron with his newest creation.
Simon discovers the Baron's new experiment in a secret room. The hulking, ape-like Herr Schneider, was a homicidal inmate who has been kept alive by the Baron after a violent suicide attempt. Since Frankenstein's hands are badly burned, he has to have any surgery done by Sarah, a beautiful mute girl. Simon tells the Baron that he is a surgeon, and the problem is solved. The Baron tells Simon that Sarah is the daughter of the director and has been mute ever since the trauma of him attempting to rape her.
Soon, with the Baron's evil plotting, new eyes and a brain are given to the creature. When the creature is completed, it becomes bitter and intent on revenge. It ultimately runs mad on a killing spree in the asylum, killing several inmates, including the asylum director. Eventually, it is overpowered and destroyed by a mob of inmates. The Baron is philosophical about the fate of the creature, and feels that it was probably for the best. The Baron is soon considering a new experiment with other involuntary donors.
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Britishhorrorfilms: Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell is the perfect end to Hammer's run of tales of the mad Baron.
Mondoesoterica: Often overlooked in favour of Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969), and the impressive first entry, Curse of Frankenstein (1957); Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell is actually a very good film with a great script, a wonderfully dark, atmospheric setting, boosted by a good performance by all concerned.
Timeout: Fisher's last film is a disappointment.