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Horror of Frankenstein
     

The Horror of Frankenstein

Director: Jimmy Sangster,

Cast: Jimmy Sangster, Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara, Graham James

 
Anchor Bay's DVD edition of Horror Of Frankenstein is a solid addition to their 'Hammer Horror' collection. This disc is easy on the eyes thanks to a nice, crisp letterboxed transfer of the film that captures its scope and earthy, Victorian color palette in a handsome fashion. The non-remixed audio track isn't as impressive as the video quality but it does

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Anchor Bay's DVD edition of Horror Of Frankenstein is a solid addition to their 'Hammer Horror' collection. This disc is easy on the eyes thanks to a nice, crisp letterboxed transfer of the film that captures its scope and earthy, Victorian color palette in a handsome fashion. The non-remixed audio track isn't as impressive as the video quality but it does delivers a nice, sharp soundtrack free of hiss or distortion. True to form, Anchor Bay throws in plenty of extras to flesh out Horror Of Frankenstein. The first and foremost of these is a commentary with writer/director Jimmy Sangster: fans expecting plenty of on-set details will be disappointed because Sangster's comments only sporadically touch on the film's production but he makes up for it with plenty of fascinating anecdotes about what it was like working for Hammer. He also weighs in with his theories on horror past and present, including an amusing bit where he trashes The Blair Witch Project. The disc also includes a nice interview with cast member Victoria Carlson, who delivers plenty of fun information about her times with Hammer Films in a chatty, totally open style. The supplements are rounded with a pair of trailers (the best is a double-bill trailer that pairs the film with Scars Of Dracula), a gallery of stills and poster art and even a gallery of Carlson's fine art. All in all, Horror Of Frankenstein is an ideal DVD for Hammer fans and a great way for the uninitiated to get acquainted with this unique horror satire.

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This oft-forgotten film from Hammer's later years is one of this company's more memorable efforts from this periods. The horror satire is one of the most difficult subgenres of the horror film to pull off but Jimmy Sangster manages to make Horror Of Frankenstein work thanks to a script that utilizes all the classic Frankenstein conventions while also satirizing them in a mordantly funny fashion. Sangster's direction lacks the gothic flair of a Terence Fisher but his sense of comic timing is sharp and he maintains a tight pace throughout. His work is further aided by an effective set of performances highlighted by Ralph Bates' turn as Victor Frankenstein: Bates brings a heavy dose of sarcasm and lasciviousness to this usually dry and asexual archetype to create a character that is seductive and terrifying all at once. The other performances pale in comparison to his work but Kate O'Mara also turns in a worthwhile performance as the Baron's servant-cum-mistress, blending sexiness and servant-class street smarts in an alluring style. On the downside, Horror Of Frankenstein runs out of steam during its third act and suffers from a finale lacks the slam-bang punch that would have closed the film out in style. Despite these problems, Horror Of Frankenstein remains a solid, often surprising film that is perfect for horror fans who can appreciate a few sly laughs being mixed in with the usual chills.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2001
UPC:
0013131164992
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Widescreen 1.85:1 presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs; audio commentary with writer-director Jimmy Sangster and Hammmer Films historian Marcus Hearn; interview with star Veronica Carlson; Veronica Carlson photo album; gallery of fine art by Veronica Carlson; theatrical trailers; talent bios; poster and still gallery.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Bates Victor Frankenstein
Kate O'Mara Alys
Graham James Wilhelm
Veronica Carlson Elizabeth
Bernard Archard Elizabeth's Father
Dennis Price Grave Robber
Joan Rice Grave Robber's Wife
David Prowse The Monster

Technical Credits
Jimmy Sangster Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Chris Barnes Editor
James Bernard Score Composer
Jeremy Burnham Screenwriter
Moray Grant Cinematographer
Scott MacGregor Art Director
Tom Smith Makeup
Tom Smith Makeup
Derek Whitehurst Asst. Director
Malcolm Williamson Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Start Program/Main Titles [1:36]
2. School Days [3:05]
3. "Like Father,Like Son" [2:25]
4. The New Baron [2:14]
5. "Pregnant" [2:20]
6. Highwayman [3:44]
7. "Welcome Home" [4:02]
8. Research Materials [6:56]
9. Gustav [8:42]
10. "Undamaged Goods" [9:40]
11. "Civilized Men" [3:49]
12. Obsessed [3:38]
13. Specimen For Dinner [4:52]
14. Destitute [2:34]
15. It Lives [9:26]
16. Stephan [3:58]
17. Taming The Beast [4:10]
18. Blackmail [9:06]
19. Foiled [8:23]
20. End Credits [:22]

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