Hammer Films made a lot of great film. Using classic horror characters like Dracula, and Frankenstein was a great touch. There films included a more modernized (at the time) version then their American Counterparts and offered much more in terms of violence, nudity, and gore. They also offered fantastic acting, amazing scores, and atmosphere that has yet to be matched. Frankenstein was always a top character for them, and in 1967 the released Frankenstein Created Women which was one of the more interesting ones to say the least.
In the beginning we are introduced to a young boy named Hans. He has to stand by and watch his father be executed. We then cut to Hans as an adult now working with Baron Von Frankenstein. This time the good Baron is working on collecting souls of the recently deceased. He wants to take the soul from someone who has died and transfer it into another body. When Hans is not helping the Baron he is spending time with his girlfriend Christina. She deformed on one side of her body but that doesn’t stop Hans from loving her any less. She’s the daughter of the local innkeeper. One night a few young men come in and begin harassing Christina. This angers Hans, who beats them up and throws them out. They return that night only to be caught stealing by Christina’s father. The 3 men beat him to death and flee. Because he was there earlier, and because his father was a criminal the police arrest Hans for the murder and execute him.
This is good for Frankenstein as he quickly steals Han’s fresh body and doe manages to capture his soul. In another plus for him, Christina, distraught over losing both her father and Hans commits suicide. Frankenstein gets her body as well and with the help of the local doctor is able to transfer Han’s soul into her body. He’s also able to fix her deformities, and after a few months he has an beautiful woman with no memory of her past life. Everything seems to be successful until she begins to be possessed by the evil side of Hans soul and sets out for revenge against the men who killed her father.
The film is fantastic, its truly the best of both worlds. Classic Love/horror film with the gore turned up for the third act. Peter Cushing is fantastic as Frankenstein, and Susan Denberg is not only stunning, but marvelous as Christina. She plays her part perfectly, never to campy, and never to vengeful. The special effect for the gore scenes look amazing, which is no surprise as it’s a Hammer Film. I loved the score, and like all Hammer Films the atmosphere is fantastic. They really capture everything with the lighting and fog in the night shots. Hammer Films, simply put, always look and sound amazing.
Previously released on DVD Scream Factory is giving this the Blu-ray treatment with a great collectors edition. A great slipcover is only the beginning. The video and audio are immaculate. This is one of the best looking Hammer Films I have seen on Blu-ray to this day. Scream Factory really did an amazing job with the transfer especially in the audio department as the score, as well as the screams bellow through your speakers. Its also loaded up with a fantastic assortment of special features
· NEW 2K Scan From The Original Film Elements
· NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman And Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr
· NEW Interview With Actor Robert Morris
· NEW Interview With Camera Assistant/Clapper Loader Eddie Collins And 2nd Assistant Director Joe Marks
· Audio Commentary By Actors Derek Fowlds, Robert Morris, And Film Historian Jonathan Rigby
· World Of Hammer Episode The Curse Of Frankenstein
· World Of Hammer Episode Hammer Stars: Peter Cushing
· Hammer Glamour Featurette
· Theatrical Trailers
· TV Spots
· Radio Spots
· Still Galleries – Movie Stills, Posters, And Lobby Cards
One of the most unique horror films made. This one has it all. From story to special effects this is a must own. Its another great title to add to your collection. Pick this one up right away.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!