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We dig deep into the horror vaults with a look at a genre classic, the atmospheric literary adaptation “The Curse of Frankenstein”.

Now that the Summer Disaster is finally over, we return to regularly scheduled programming with Donny’s choice “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957)! We talked about this one over on our YouTube series “Hammer Horror in Order”, but now we give it the full deep dive it deserves!

The Curse of Frankenstein is a 1957 British horror film by Hammer Film Productions, loosely based on the 1818 novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It was Hammer’s first color horror film and the first of their Frankenstein series. Its worldwide success led to several sequels, and it was also followed by new versions of Dracula (1958) and The Mummy (1959), establishing “Hammer Horror” as a distinctive brand of Gothic cinema.

Terence Fisher directed the film, which stars horror icons Peter Cushing as Victor Frankenstein and Christopher Lee as the Creature.

The film was a tremendous financial success and reportedly grossed more than 70 times its production cost during its original theatrical run. However, when it was first released in the UK, it outraged many viewers, though the reaction in the U.S. was more positive given a more relaxed and accepting view of Horror.  Considered quite gruesome for the time, it was praised for excellent performances (no surprise there) and strong technical achievement.

Now widely praised for its dark atmosphere, The Curse of Frankenstein would later go on to influence such noted filmmakers as Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton. 

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