The Horror of Frankenstein


1h 35m 1970

Brief Synopsis

The brilliant but misunderstood scientist Frankenstein builds a man made up of a collection of spare body parts. The monster becomes alive but he has mental capabilities much below par. The monster is aggressive and wreaks havoc outside the laboratory.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Horror
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Chicago opening: 23 Dec 1970
Production Company
EMI Film Productions; Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.
Distribution Company
American Continental Films
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on characters created by Mary Shelley.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

When Baron Frankenstein refuses to send his son Victor to Vienna University, the young man arranges for his father's death, thereby inheriting his title, castle, fortune, and housekeeper-mistress Alys. Tiring of his studies, however, Victor returns home with his best friend Wilhem and sets out to construct a human being from parts supplied by a grave robber and his wife. When Wilhem objects to the ghoulish experiments, Victor electrocutes him and immerses the corpse in a vat filled with acid. To complete his creation, Victor murders a neighboring professor. Afterwards, he offers refuge to the victim's daughter, Elizabeth, who has loved him since childhood. His creation nearly ruined when the grave robber drops the professor's brain, Victor hurls the clumsy thief into the acid tank. A bolt of lightning from an electrical storm galvanizes the man-made being into life. Not recognizing its creator, the monster knocks Victor unconscious, escapes into the woods, and terrorizes the countryside until it is recaptured by Victor. Threatened with exposure by Alys (who is jealous of Elizabeth's presence in the castle) and by the grave robber's wife (who is searching for her missing husband), Victor uses the monster to kill the two women. Investigating the mysterious deaths and disappearances, the police arrive accompanied by a little girl, whom the monster menaced in the forest. Victor, who has hidden the creature in the empty vat, looks on in both anger and relief as the child unwittingly releases the containers that flood the tank with acid. With both his creature and the evidence of his crimes eradicated, Victor is free to continue his experiments.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Horror
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Chicago opening: 23 Dec 1970
Production Company
EMI Film Productions; Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.
Distribution Company
American Continental Films
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on characters created by Mary Shelley.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Opened in London in October 1970.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1970

Released in United States 1970