The Horror of Frankenstein
The Horror of Frankenstein (1971)

This entry in Hammer Studios' Frankenstein series is a black comic tale of Count Frankenstein's son Victor Jr. (Ralph Bates), who slays his father to gain control of their ancestral castle and to romance the housekeeper (Kate… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 17, 1971
DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Howard Thompson
New York Times

The film shatters, with awkward horror pitted against rather bland sheepishness. But it was good fun while it lasted. Hammer almost had something special.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Poor attempt by Hammer to create their version of Frankenstein, featuring the usually reliable Bates offering a rather irritating performance as the scientist who goes beyond the call of science.

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John Higgins

It's a faithful tribute to the Shelley characters and legacy and follows the plot line of other adaptations of the novel.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Sangster's excursion into irony and black comedy under the guise of Gothic horror was a daring step in the right direction, even if that step was somewhat awkward and unsure

TV Guide

A feeble attempt by Hammer to bring some freshness to its series of Frankenstein films by introducing black humor.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

One of eight Frankenstein films produced by Hammer Films, The Horror of Frankenstein may not prove to be the worst of the lot, but it sure is one of the wackiest.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
David Ladd
I finally took at look at this film after avoiding it for many years and it turned out to be the disappointment I thought it would be, anyway shorty after… More
Henrik Schunk
More or less a remake of The Curse of Frankenstein, I did enjoy this much more than I thought I would. Mainly due to fact that it is so delightfully self-aware… More
Stephen M
An attempt to revitalise the 'Frankenstein' films via black comedy. It doesn't really come off as the plot loses its way once the monster is… More
Antony Stubbs
I frequently find some Hammer Horror films to be rather stagey and stuffy, usually their low budgets hampering the gothic overtones and intended atmosphere. Not… More