Baron Victor Frankenstein, in prison for murder and trying to evade the guillotine, tells a priest how he and his mentor, Paul Krempe, had performed many scientific experiments, eventually leading to the resurrection of a dead body. The baron’s obsession and the monster’s homicidal nature cause the deaths of several of those around them. Finally the Baron is confronted by an enraged monster about to throw Victor’s fiancée Elizabeth, from the castle parapet. —IMDb
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
It really doesn't add a thing to the original by James Whale (which is, by the way, a masterpiece of film-making) and even the beautiful cinematography is ruined by the cheesy special effects. The script is lousy in every way, trying to create something new from an already famous story but only succeeding in making clichés. I love most of Fisher's movies, but this one was really a disappointment.
The best Frankenstein movie I've seen so far. Much better than the Universal one. Peter Cushing is brilliant playing a man falling into pure madness, and Christopher Lee gives a very emotional aspect to the Monster, much more iconic to me than Boris Karloff. Great film.