The Curse of Frankenstein
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 25, 1957
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Peter Cushing gets every inch of drama from the leading role, making almost believable the ambitious urge and diabolical accomplishment.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

This was the classic that single-handedly revived traditional British Gothic and firmly placed the "Hammer House of Horror" on the global gore map.

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TV Guide

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 ...

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Time Out

The whole thing in fact looks surprisingly tacky for a film which sparked a box-office bonanza.

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Monthly Film Bulletin

The immense possibilities of the Frankenstein story have here been sacrificed by an ill-made script, poor direction and performance and, above all, a preoccupation with disgusting - not horrific - charnelry.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Revitalized the British film industry.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

[A] routine horror picture, which makes no particular attempt to do anything more important than scare you with corpses and blood ...

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A sterling exemplar of the best of everything that made Hammer so special.

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Chris Weber
This was the breakthrough film for now legendary British film studio Hammer. This was their first color film, and the first of their films that rebooted classic… More
Aj V
Another Frankenstein movie, but with the great Hammer Horror cast, with Cushing and Lee as the stars. It's pretty good, but the original Frankenstein is… More
Cory Taylor
Karloff may have delivered the seminal performance as Frankenstein's monster, but the Hammer horror films were always delectable revisionist versions of… More
Conner Rainwater
While I certainly used to hold this in higher regard than I do now, it's still a really good movie and focuses on the actual humanity of Dr. Frankenstein.… More
Bruce Bruce
This film produced by Hammer Studio's is just a little different then most of the Frankenstein stories. Hammer Studio seem to always create a great cast of… More
Stella Dallas
hammer's version of the familiar story with the always awesome peter cushing as the baron. i have to say i much prefer karloff's monster to… More