The Horror of Frankenstein
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Directed by Jimmy Sangster
Produced by Jimmy Sangster
Written by Jimmy Sangster
Jeremy Burnham (screenplay)
Mary Shelley (characters)
Starring Ralph Bates
Kate O'Mara
Veronica Carlson
David Prowse
Music by Malcolm Williamson
Cinematography Moray Grant
Editing by Chris Barnes
Distributed by Hammer Studios
Release date(s) 8 November 1970 (1970-11-08)
Running time 95 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Horror of Frankenstein is a 1970 British horror film by Hammer Film Productions that is both a semi-parody and remake of the 1957 film The Curse of Frankenstein. It was produced and directed by Jimmy Sangster, starring Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara, Veronica Carlson and David Prowse as the monster. The original music score was composed by Malcolm Williamson.

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Victor Frankenstein, a cold, arrogant and womanizing genius, is angry when his father forbids him to continue his anatomy experiments. He ruthlessly murders his father by sabotaging the old man's shotgun, consequently inheriting the title of Baron von Frankenstein and the family fortune. He uses the money to enter medical school in Vienna, but is forced to return home when he impregnates the daughter of the Dean.

Returning to his own castle, he sets up a laboratory and starts a series of experiments involving the revival of the dead. He eventually builds a composite body from human parts, which he then brings to life. The creature goes on a homicidal rampage until it is accidentally destroyed when a vat where it has been hidden is flooded with acid.

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Cast NotesEdit

Ralph Bates was cast as Victor Frankenstein, the role having, five times previously, been played by Peter Cushing. Later, he did a take on Dr. Jekyll in the Hammer film Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, which co-starred Martine Beswick.

In the mid-1960s, David Prowse had actually gone into the Hammer offices to express his desire to portray one of their movie monsters, but was rather abruptly dismissed. As several years passed by and he went about building a larger body of work through various film roles, he was eventually approached by Jimmy Sangster about being cast as this revisionist Baron Frankenstein's laboratory creation. Prowse has the distinction of being the only actor to have portrayed Frankenstein's monster in more than one Hammer film, this production marked his first such appearance. The second occasion was 1974's Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, wherein his overall appearance was much more horrifically elaborate.

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