May 3, 2022
Reel Britannia - a very British podcast about very British movies...with just a hint of professionalism.
The latest episode in our Hammer horror retrospective - and it's time for some genuine gothic shocks with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
In prison and awaiting execution, Dr. Victor Frankenstein recounts to a priest what led him to his current circumstance. He inherited his family's wealth after the death of his mother when he was still only a young man. He hired Paul Krempe as his tutor and he immediately developed an interest in medical science. After several years, he and Krempe became equals and he developed an interest in the origins and nature of life. After successfully re-animating a dead dog, Victor sets about constructing a man using body parts he acquires for the purpose including the hands of a pianist and the brain of a renowned scholar. As Frankenstein's excesses continue to grow, Krempe is not only repulsed by what his friend has done but is concerned for the safety of the beautiful Elizabeth, Victor's cousin and fiancée who has come to live with them. His experiments lead to tragedy and his eventual demise.
"I've harmed nobody, just robbed a few graves!"
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Scott Steven and Mark