Terence Fisher was born in Maida Vale, England, in 1904. Raised by his grandmother in a strict Christian Scientist environment. Fisher left school while still in his teens to join the Merchant Marine. By his own account, he soon discovered that a life at sea was not for him, so he left the service and tried his hand at various jobs landside. It was during this time that he discovered the cinema. Entering the film industry as “the oldest clapper boy in the business,” he eventually worked his way up to film editor. Almost as a lark, he applied to Rank to become a film editor. Unexpectedly, he was accepted. In 1947, at the age of 43, he made his directorial debut with a supernatural comedy called Colonel Bogey — a foreshadwing of things to come.
For the next few years, he vacillated between A-film assignments (Noel Coward’s The Astonished Heart, So Long at the Fair with Jean Simmons and Dirk Bogarde, and The Girl in the Painting with Herbert Lom… read more
The final 25 minutes and the humanity it gives the monster in this movie more than makes up for the lack of (general) character development (i.e. Carlson and Ward) in the first hour. Strong opening and a hell of a strong ending. One of Cushing's stronger performances in the Hammer catalog.
The fifth of Hammer's Frankenstein series is a solid entry. Peter Cushing is in top form as always as the mad baron, this time around even more sinister than usual. There is some awkward pacing, but it pulls through with a strong, original story leading up to a great fiery climax. Good fun for fans of Hammer horror.