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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

Peter Cushing
Director: Terence Fisher Cast: Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing
, Veronica Carlson
Veronica Carlson
, Freddie Jones
Freddie Jones
Terence Fisher


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The key image of Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed occurs early on, as a hideous monster removes its face, only to reveal itself as Baron Frankenstein in a mask. Hammer's fifth installment in the series sees the transformation of doctor into monster complete. Peter Cushing's portrayal of the Baron here is all insanity and hatred, rather than the misunderstood (if unethical) genius of previous entries. Frankenstein transplants the brain of an insane doctor into Freddie Jones' body, creating a pathetic, misshapen beast, while using blackmail and rape to control the people around him. This was director Terence Fisher's favorite film, and his pacing and composition have rarely been better. Jones (the nasty showman in The Elephant Man) is great at communicating the disorientation and helpless agony of his condition, and while Cushing's character is more one-dimensional than usual, he does his normal excellent job as the Baron. Hammer's next installment was the silly Horror of Frankenstein before Fisher returned to end the series with Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/2015
UPC: 0883929458738
Original Release: 1969
Source: Warner Home Video
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 18,160

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Cushing Baron Frankenstein
Veronica Carlson Anna
Fred Jones Prof. Richter
Simon Ward Karl
Thorley Walters Inspector Frisch
Maxine Audley Ella Brandt
George Pravda Dr. Brandt
Geoffrey Bayldon Police Doctor
Harold Goodwin Burglar
Frank Middlemass Guest
Norman Shelley Guest
Michael Gover Guest
George Belbin Guest
Peter Copley Principal
Windsor Davies Police Sergeant
Collette O'Neal Madwoman
Alan Surtees Actor

Technical Credits
Terence Fisher Director
Bert Batt Asst. Director,Screenwriter
James Bernard Score Composer
Rosemary Burrows Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Grant Cinematographer
Gordon Hales Editor
Anthony Nelson Keys Original Story,Producer
Eddie Knight Makeup
Philip Martell Musical Direction/Supervision
Christopher Neame Production Manager
James Needs Editor
Bernard Robinson Art Director

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