Monday, October 20, 2014

The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) Poster

*** out of 5

I like that this 3rd film in the Hammer Studio's Frankenstein series allows both the monster and the scientist to be protagonists, and not actually monsters or evil as the title implies. I also found that they dared with Katy Wild's deaf-mute beggar girl to create a female character who could look on the monster with sympathy and compassion, even empathy. But the monster's makeup in this film is impossibly to take seriously. It is beyond laughable, a garish caricature of earlier interations of the creature. It looks like that glued the bottom of a milk carton to his forehead and dabbed some liquid latex on with a 2-inch brush to hide the join, and the platform shoes used to add height were not nearly as noticeable with Boris Karloff wore them. Here is looks like they were showing them off as a future fashion trend (this was made in 1964). If you can get past all that, this film has a lot of interesting twists to offer fans of Frankenstein and his creations.

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