Written by Jimmy Sangster
Directed by Terence Fisher
Starring Peter Cushing, Eunice Gayson, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn
- Photo gallery
- Theatrical trailer
Released by: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.
My Advice: Unless a huge fan of Hammer Films, skip it.
They say living well is the best revenge. Baron Frankenstein (Cushing), after escaping the guillotine for crimes against nature (i.e., creating his monster), he is now Dr. Stein, with a successful practice and is well respected for running a charity hospital. But this new life is not enough for him. He needs to show the world that he is the greatest scientist ever. He will take the brain of his crippled assistant Karl (Gwynn) and install it into a new and improved body. With the help of his protÃ©gÃ©, Dr. Kleve (Matthews), the operation appears to be a success. But when Karl gets a bad case of cabin fever after meeting the beautiful Margaret (Gayson) against the doctor’s orders, he leaves Against Medical Advice. Karl begins deteriorating into homicidal madness and Doctor Stein must stop him before he kills and more importantly reveals the good doctor’s secret. But can anyone stop The Revenge of Frankenstein?
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The extras don’t help much either. Besides a trailer, there is a limited photo gallery of a few black and white stills. I would have loved to have gotten some commentary by a Hammer Films expert (we know they exist), or maybe even a featurette containing some interviews with surviving cast members. A cursory glance at the IMDB shows me that Matthews and Grayson are still with us. Let’s talk to them while we can. Same thing with scribe Jimmy Sangster, who as near as we can tell is still among the living. But an opportunity wasted–or perhaps not even approached, since as established, the film ain’t that hot. So, unless you’re a Hammer Films completist, I’d skip The Revenge of Frankenstein.