Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell. 1974. Great Britain. Directed by Terence Fisher. Screenplay by John Elder. With Peter Cushing, Shane Briant, Dave Prowse. 35mm. 99 min.
The old gang—Terence Fisher, John Elder, and Peter Cushing—is reunited in this seventh Hammer Frankenstein offering, which New York Times film critic Vincent Canby called “foolish but fun in quite respectable ways.” Now calling himself Dr. Carl Victor, the former Baron is a surgeon in an asylum, where he is benevolent to the patients and scornful of the corrupt Director Klauss. Suffering the after-effects of severe burns to his hands, Dr. Victor takes on a young surgeon who is also an inmate, imprisoned for body snatching, and the two cobble together a monster that looks like a cross between a gorilla and Sasquatch. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell would be Terence Fisher’s final feature film. This print reflects the uncut UK version.