March 15th, 2013

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Lent Day 31 The Doctor returns, but not the monster in "The Revenge of Frankenstein"

It was the middle of the night when "The Curse of Frankenstein" aired on WCIX - Channnel 6 in Miami. When the film ended, the host, (Big Wilson maybe?) said, "It would have been a nice touch if the blade fell."

Had the blade fallen, we might not have had "The Revenge of Frankenstein."
Again this was Hammer low budget, but featured more labortory experiments with human antomy. The Creature was gone, but Victor Frankenstein lived on to create more chaos.



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Lent Day 31 "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed" was too soon for Peter Cushing

In the year of Boris Karloff's passing, moonlandings, miracle Jets & Mets, "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed" seems like a note of gothic comfort. As Baron Frankenstein, Peter Cushing returns to pure villainy with screaming comeuppance. Could the Baron return? Hammer tried to reboot the franchise with another actor playing a younger, sexier Baron - but it just did not seem like a "Hammer-Frankenstein" flick anymore. Cushing would return for a swan song.

Also of note is Simon Ward as the Baron's assistant. Ward would shortly make a name for himself as "Young Winston," a biography costarring Anne Bancroft and Robert Shaw.



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Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 31 "Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell" is Cushing's Baron Grand Finale

Having played Baron Frankenstein for 16 years, Peter Cushing said "goodbye" to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's creation. It was an interesting character evolution, with a roller coaster ride of villainy and madness. The character is now 16 years older since the events of "The Curse of Frankenstein." The consequences of his previous actions have crippled the doctor and the characater has become a bit dotty, yet Frankenstein's obsession is still strong. The fact that Baron Frankenstein finds haven in a mental institution reveal Hammer production's tongue-in-cheek approach.

An era of screen horror ended in the early seventies, as blothe Peter Cushing-Christopher Lee-Vincent Price form of gothic horror gave way to the blockbusters of "The Exorcist" and "Jaws." However Cushing would reboot his career with "Star Wars" as Grand Moff Tarkin, who must have had some DNA with Baron Frankenstein. Like Frankenstein and his Monsters, Tarkin held the lease of Darth Vader, played by David Prowse who portrayed "the Monster from Hell."



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