The Evil of Frankenstein released May 31, 1964 (UK)
The Evil of Frankenstein is a 1963 British horror film made by Hammer Studio. Directed by Freddie Francis, the film stars Peter Cushing and New Zealand wrestler Kiwi Kingston.
The film’s version of the Monster is noted for resembling Universal Pictures’ famous Frankenstein series of the 1930s and ’40s, including the flat-headed look of Jack Pierce’s monster make-up originally designed for Boris Karloff as well as the distinctive laboratory sets. Earlier Hammer Frankenstein movies had studiously avoided such similarities for copyright reasons but a new movie distribution deal with Universal helped provide some latitude.
When first shown on television in 1968, some theatrical scenes were replaced by less intense scenes filmed by another director and with extra actors included.
Hammer stalwart Terence Fisher was originally slated to direct the film, but had to bow out after an automobile accident, leaving cameraman Freddie Francis at the helm.
In The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Hammer were barred from copying any details from the Universal films of the 1930s and ’40s, including the famous monster make-up. This film, however, was distributed by Universal, and so Hammer had free rein to copy elements from the Universal franchise, most noticeably the creature’s make-up and the laboratory sets.
Howard Goorney is dubbed.
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