Anyway the story is this: Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) is about be guillotined for the murders his monster committed but a quick deal with a hunchback called Karl (Oscar Quitak) helps to save his life and instead a priest gets the chop. The deal involves Frankenstein creating a new body for Karl which helps him a great deal as he states he needs a living brain anyway. Getting help from a young Dr. Hans Kleeve (Francis Mathews) Frankenstein goes further with his experiments than he ever has before. It is a dangerous path however and one that will lead to possibly the best ending in a Hammer film ever.
That really is not an understatement if you’ve never seen this film then one of the reasons you owe it you yourself to view it is for the pure shock that ending will give you. It’s not frightening or jumpy but it is a haunting end that will you pondering it long after the film has finished.
In fact like the previous entry this is not a frightening film but unlike that particular movie it seems to be a lot more disturbing. Watching the film is interesting as you are watching the downfall of the Baron. He has become a lot more obsessed with his work since the last film and seems a lot more big headed than before. The latter does eventually turn the tables on the Baron and if he had listended to Hans when he had a chance the story may not have ended the way it did. However you can’t help but wonder whether the Baron wanted what happended to happen, just to see if his plan worked...
Another thing I loved about this movie was the increased element of black comedy. It’s not laugh out loud comedy and no doubt some of it will seem dated but it helps create the films unique atmosphere and presents us with some wonder full characters. Speaking of characters none are two dimentional and all are birght or memorable in at least one way or another.
Once again however Mr Cushing steals the show in what is defiantly one of his best performances of all time. As I already mentioned the Baron is a lot more obsessed in this film and Cushing plays the part with relish. Including a fantastic scene where Hans breaks into the Barons rooms and Hans manages to turn the tables on him with some incredibly witty language. Although dear old PC is without doubt the star I cannot possibly give praise to any actor’s performance in this movie without at least mentioning Oscar Quitaks heart wrenching performance as Karl. The scene where he meets the films Heroine for the first time has a poetic beauty to it that is without doubt one of Hammers most touching scenes.
GORE: Although the same rating as the previous film it’s actually got less violence but there are some scenes of Brains removed from bodies and the story is a lot darker
OVERALL RATING: A fantastic captivating movie, 10/10