in about 100 words or less
UK 83m, Colour
Director: Terence Fisher; Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart
The Curse of Frankenstein is a gothic-style British horror film loosely based on Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. As Hammer’s first colour horror film, it began a series of adult-themed and visually distinctive productions which had a tendency toward displays of blood and gore which earlier black and white films had not been able to capitalize upon. While acting in over twenty films together, the pairing of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in The Curse of Frankenstein also marked the beginning of their partnership in the horror genre for Hammer with such films as Horror of Dracula (1958) and The Mummy (1959). These works undoubtably inspired later more explicit productions such as Paul Morrisey’s X-rated Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) and Blood for Dracula (1974) and helped revitalize the horror genre (Klaus Ming December 2011).