THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN
Director - Terence Fisher, Screenplay - Jimmy Sangster, Additional
Dialogue - H. Hurford Janes, Producer - Anthony Hinds, Photography -
Jack Asher, Music - Leonard Salzedo, Makeup - Phil Leakey, Production
Design - Bernard Robinson. Production Company - Hammer. 1958.
Cast: Peter Cushing (Dr Victor Frankenstein/Dr. Stein/Dr. Franck),
Francis Matthews (Hans Kleve), Michael Gwynn (Karl), Eunice Gayson
(Margaret Conrad), Oscar Quitak (Dwarf Karl), Richard Wordsworth
In 1860, Baron Frankenstein is led to the guillotine to meet his demise
for commiting murder, although they were commited by a creature he had
created. Suddenly, a demented and deformed prison guard named Karl races
on the scene and shoves the Priest under the blade, and the Baron makes
his escape to continue his experiments.
Immediately upon his freedom, the Doctor sets up practice in a village
known as Carlsburg under the name Dr. Stein. At his small hospital,
Frankenstein falsely diagnosis his very ill patients as needing
amputations in order to survive. Using the severed organs, the Doctor
develops a new body better than his previous creature. Surprisingly,
he is identified as being Baron Victor Frankenstein by an inquisitive
Dr. Hans Kleve. Upon his discovery, Frankenstein displays his latest
creation suspended in a glass case to Hans.
In a very intricate experiment, the Baron transplants the brain of Karl
into the body and makes his creation come to life. Except for stiches on
the forehead, the new body looks perfect. However, Karl is soon overcome
with a hunger for human flesh. He fights this urge but it drives him to
madness. In addition, the body becomes infected by the brain, and Karl
becomes deformed again.
In the climax, Karl reveals that the Doctor is Baron Frankenstein at a
social party, then falls dead. When Frankenstein returns to the hospital,
the patients, who have heard the news, become an angry mob and kills the
Baron. Before his death, the Doctor instructed Hans on how to transplant
his brain into an unused body in his laboratory. In the final scene, a
mustached Dr. Franck sets up practice in a new village, making
Frankenstien alive and well and a creature of his own experiments.
(Plot summary from Robert Marrero’s Horrors of Hammer book.)