Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Curse of Frankenstein deux
"I'm doing nothing wrong...just robbing a few graves." Good grief, this is black as pitch. "Victor, where is this brain to come from?" "I'll get it." He says this with a disturbing assurance, such depraved scientific mania. The "greatest brain in all of Europe" invited to Frankenstein's castle; oh, we know why he was invited... He lands on his head when Baron Frankenstein gives a "little nudge" off the stairs through a loose railing. How nice of him to pay for the old scientist's funeral, giving him a mausoleum, too. He can't wait to rob the man's casket. This isn't your Colin Clive's Frankenstein.
I always felt Curse of Frankenstein was more of a set-up, a starting point for the Hammer series as a whole. It kind of covers a lot of the basics we associate with Frankenstein, with some added components further illustrating his evil (the mocking of his maid and mistress who thought he would marry her; his murder of an old wise scientist merely for his brain; continuing to work on the monster even as danger increases and the brain is rendered worthless; the limits for which he'd go to attain the perfect parts for his own creation). I like many of the other Frankenstein films a little better, but never tire of this one. This is probably the fourth time I've watched it in the last three years. I was planning on actually watching this later in the month, but it was on Turner Classics and I couldn't pass up another viewing. The Mummy is on now, so I think I'll relax myself and just lay back and enjoy it.
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Dracula's Daughter ('36)
Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969)
Mad Love 1935
Doctor Gogol: Did you ever hear of Galatea?
Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: Gala - who? Not wanting a statue of him, are you?
Doctor Gogol: I don't want a statue of Galatea. You see, she was a statue herself. Pygmalion formed her. Out of marble, not wax. And then she came to life in his arms.
Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [calling to his assistant] Start the motor, Henry. There's queer people on the streets of Montmartre at this time of night.
Doctor Gogol: [handing him his card] Here, a hundred francs if you deliver the statue to my house.
Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [reading card] It's a go, Dr. Go... gol. First thing in the morning.