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The Revenge of Frankenstein
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Directed by Terence Fisher
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Written by Jimmy Sangster
Starring Peter Cushing
Francis Matthews
Eunice Gayson
Michael Gwynn
Music by Leonard Salzedo
Cinematography Jack Asher, B.S.C.
Editing by Alfred Cox
Studio Hammer Studios
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) June 1, 1958 (USA)
Running time 89 min.
Country UK
Language English

The Revenge of Frankenstein is a 1958 British horror film made by Hammer Film Productions. Directed by Terence Fisher, the film stars Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn and Eunice Gayson.

It was a sequel to The Curse of Frankenstein, the studio's 1957 adaptation of Mary Shelley's original story.

PlotEdit

Baron Frankenstein, sentenced to death, evades the guillotine by having a priest beheaded and buried in his place. Years later, Frankenstein, now going by the alias of Dr. Stein, has become a successful physician in Carlsbruck, catering to the wealthy while also attending to the poor in a paupers' hospital. Dr. Hans Kleve, a junior member of the medical council, recognises him and blackmails him into allowing him to become his apprentice.

Together with Karl, the hunchback who facilitated Frankenstein's escape, Frankenstein and Kleve continue with the Baron's experiment: transplanting a living brain into a new body—one that isn't a crude, cobbled-together monster. The deformed Karl is more than willing to volunteer his brain, thereby gaining a new, healthy body—particularly after meeting the new assistant at the hospital, the lovely Margaret.

The transplant succeeds, but when the excited Dr. Kleve tells Karl that he will be a medical sensation, Karl panics and convinces Margaret to free him. Kleve notes that the chimpanzee that Frankenstein transplanted with the brain of an orangutan ate its mate and worries about Karl, but his concerns are brushed off by Frankenstein.

Karl flees from the hospital and hides in Dr. Stein's laboratory, where he burns his preserved hunchback body. He is attacked by the drunken janitor, who takes him for a burglar, but manages to strangle the man. Frankenstein and Kleve discover Karl is missing and begin searching for him.

The next morning, Margaret finds Karl in her aunt's stable. While she goes to fetch Dr. Kleve, Karl experiences difficulties with his arm and leg. When Kleve and Margaret arrive, he is gone. At night, he ambushes and strangles a local girl. The next night, he rushes into an evening reception. Having redeveloped his deformities, he pleads Frankenstein for help, using his real name, before collapsing.

Frankenstein, disregarding Kleve's pleas that he should leave, appears before the medical council, where he denies being the infamous Baron Frankenstein. The unsatisfied councillors exhume Frankenstein's grave only to discover the priest's body, concluding that the real Frankenstein is still alive.

At the same time, frightened and angry patients at the hospital attack Frankenstein. Kleve rescues his dying mentor and rushes him to the laboratory, where he extracts Frankenstein's brain from his body just before the police arrive. Kleve shows them Frankenstein's dead body, claiming that he tried in vain to save his life. Alone again and uneasy about his skills, Kleve begins transplanting the brain into another body—one that Frankenstein had been preparing and which was made to resemble him.

Some time later, in London, Kleve assists Frankenstein—now calling himself Dr. Franck—in welcoming some patients.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The film was shot at Bray Studios, back-to-back with Dracula (1958), using the same sets. Thus, for example, Dracula's crypt became Frankenstein's surgery, and the castle exterior became the outside of the Baron's laboratory.

Conductor and composer Leonard Salzedo was hired to write the score, and most of the regular Hammer crew returned in other roles, including Jack Asher as cinematographer, Bernard Robinson on design and Phil Leakey on make-up.

Two novelizations of the film were published: the first one by Jimmy Sangster in 1959, and the second by John Burke as part of his 1966 book The Hammer Horror Film Omnibus.

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