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“Frankenstein 1970”

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 20, 2009

Frankenstein 1970

Frankenstein 1970

 

Release Date: 20 July 1958

Tagline: “The One…The Only KING OF MONSTERS as the new demon of the atomic age!”

Plot Summary: Baron Victor Von Frankenstein has fallen on hard times; he was tortured at the hands of the Nazis for not cooperating with them during World War II and he is now badly disfigured. As his family’s wealth begins to run out, the Baron is forced to allow a TV crew shooting a documentary on his monster-making ancestors to film at his castle in Germany. However, the Baron has some ideas of his own: using the money from the crew’s rent he buys an atomic reactor and uses it to create a hulking monster, transplanting his butler’s brain into the thing and using it to kill off the crew for more spare parts.

   This project was proposed because of the success of the “Shock Theatre” package of Universal horror films released to television. The other contributing factors were the recent successes of the British-made The Curse of Frankenstein and the low-budget American International release I Was a Teenage Frankenstein. This low-budget film had the advantage of being shot in CinemaScope.

   This film was originally going to be entitled “Frankenstein 1960” but it didn’t sound futuristic enough. It was also thought to be too far fetched that an independent researcher could obtain his own atomic reactor in 1960.

Howard W. Koch (Airplane!, The Manchurian Candidate, The Odd Couple) was the Director

Boris Karloff as Baron Victor von Frankenstein

George Bau (The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1939, House of Wax, Around the World in Eighty Days 1956) was the makeup artist
Gordon Bau (It’s a Wonderful Life, Dirty Harry, Cool Hand Luke) was the makeup supervisor

 

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