The Curse of Frankenstein
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In this re-telling of the classic horror tale, Baron Victor Frankenstein becomes friends with one of his teachers, Paul Krempe. At first, both men are fascinated by the potential of their re-animating experiments. Eventually, though, Krempe refuses to help with Frankenstien's human experiments. However, he is drawn back into the plot when Frankenstein's creature kills a member of the house staff.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Peter Cushing gets every inch of drama from the leading role, making almost believable the ambitious urge and diabolical accomplishment."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"In its best scenes, it adds dynamism and British grit to a genre that had previously tried to get by on atmospherics and mood alone. It manages to be shocking without being especially frightening, and its virtues of performance and style remain striking."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"A sterling exemplar of the best of everything that made Hammer so special."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Beautifully portrayed by Christopher Lee, the Monster is almost heartbreaking, flailing confusedly with a pained expression on its patchwork face."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"The whole thing in fact looks surprisingly tacky for a film which sparked a box-office bonanza."
‑ , Time Out
"Christopher Lee is excellent as the mute monster, but this is Cushing's film all the way, and his ground-breaking portrayal of Baron Frankenstein dominated the series in five more films ..."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Further developments of Hammer Studios as a spook-house Ealing"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The movie that started the Hammer horror craze. Really rather dull."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"[A] routine horror picture, which makes no particular attempt to do anything more important than scare you with corpses and blood ..."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Revitalized the British film industry."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"... established new style for horror -- bold, bloody, beautiful-- that completely broke tradition with the cobwebby classics of the 1930s and 1940s."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
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