Escaping the guillotine, our friend Victor Frankenstein relocates to another town under an assumed name. He continues his experiments into reanimation… horror ensues.
As a sequel to The Curse of Frankenstein this is outstanding, Peter Cushing's performance is even more polished then in the last outing and every scene he is in is riveting. The change of focus from a dead brain to a living one giving Victors friend a chance at a life without his paralysis is welcome and adds some pathos once the experiment starts to go wrong.
Some high points are Victors blind acceptance of his apes strange behaviour and the excellent lab sets. The story is fresh and well presented and the depiction of the hunchback surprisingly well done, with Karl being none of the “Igor” style stereotype.
Unfortunately there are let-downs, the monster is nowhere near as effective as Christopher Lees twisted version and this hampers the story somewhat, however as this is virtually a subplot (quite a strange thing considering the image that Frankenstein brings to the mind) this is something that does not cripple the film as a whole. It does lend to the overall feeling that not much happens unfortunately.
Overall the film is a very solid one and a great foundation for the House that Hammer built. Well worth a watch.