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3rd Hammer Frankenstein film after an absence of several years (following The Revenge of Frankenstein in 1958) finds Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) and his assistant Hans still up to no good, stealing recently-deceased bodies for their experiments. At this point, they're tucked away in the backwoods somewhere. They manage to rile the local priest and decide to head out to better pastures. Though this is technically a sequel, parts of it behave like a retrofitting prequel via a flashback, as Frankenstein relates to his assistant his first attempt to create life, a version of the famous monster (Kiwi Kingston). This creature, eating only raw meat and caught killing sheep, is shot in the mountains.
Frankenstein decides to head back to his old homeground, figuring that enough years have passed. He finds that his manor has been ransacked and the thieves are the local burgomeister and the police chief (Duncan Lamont). Fleeing to the mountains with a deaf mute girl, they discover the frozen creature, which apparently had fallen into an iceshaft. Frankenstein revives it but needs the talents of a hypnotist, Zoltan (Peter Woodthorpe), to restart the brain. As it is, Zoltan has his own issues with Frankenstein's enemies; the creature obeys only him and Zoltan sends it on missions of theft and then destruction. The creature goes beyond what Zoltan had planned and deaths ensue.
This film veers from the plot of the previous one in that the previous film ended with Frankenstein's brain transplanted into a copy of his old body and now working as a doctor in London. There's no mention of this here. We can assume that he messed things up in London and was forced to flee again, but we just dunno. This film does end with some chaotic killing and action, but also presents Frankenstein as less of a sociopath, with genuinely amusing bits - his outrage with the burgomeister, who wears Frankenstein's family ring, is quite funny. BoG's Score: 6.5 out of 10
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