The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
Director: Freddie Francis
Main Stars: Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe, Duncan Lamon, Sandor Eles, Kiwi Kingston
Storyline: Baron Frankenstein continues his madness of creating the monster.
Review (Spoils): Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) finds his old monster (Kiwi Kingston) in a glacier of ice and brings him yet back to life. We have a small rehash of the Universal film storyline but with a touch of Hammer as we have the great scenery, prime acting, buxom ladies, some classic Frankenstein monster movements but some bad make-up ideas. The film plays like other Hammer films with some action scenes surrounding some sexual in the windows and of course the monster.
The film moves along well and there is really never a dull moment (after all it is a Hammer film) but the problem might be with the film is that it’s not their own. We all know the Frankenstein story from the classic Boris days of Universal so it is very hard to compete to that. But the scenery does once again overtake and save the film.
Rating: This film is not one of the stronger Hammer films but at the same time is not the worst. We have a nice Frankenstein film with a descent storyline and the final battle scene is worth the watch alone. Grab some betters as it is Hammer time with Frankie!
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
Director: Freddie Francis
Main Stars: Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barbara Ewing
Storyline: After the castle being blessed Dracula comes back from the dead to seek revenge by possessing the priest’s niece as his lover.
Review (Spoils): Dracula (Christopher Lee) is back and his return is well memorable as he the blood touches his lips and red shot eyes awaken. Once again this Hammer Film has brought classic gothic like scenery and as well the bosomed beauties the films are known for. The film isn’t just a film on Dracula but also a struggle in faith and loyalty.
We have battles with priests and the vampire himself, the beauty of Veronica Carlson, classic Dracula from Christopher Lee, brighter then the sun red blood, nasty bit marks, drinking games, blood red eyes and the sassy barmaid Barbara Ewing. Christopher Lee blows the screen away yet again playing the role as the prince of darkness and this might be one of the better ones of the Dracula series from Hammer.
Rating: This is one of the best of the Dracula films and even from Hammer itself. We have the delights of the two young actresses and we have a fun tale of an innocent woman and not so innocent man. We have some interesting plots and conversations such as the dinner where the young states he is an atheist to the priest. This film is quite enjoyable and the time does fly when watching this film. Defiantly a nice sequel to The Horror of Dracula, well worth the drinks.