For those unaware, Hammer Films was a UK production company that made starting in the 1950’s made films utilizing iconic horror monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and Werewolf. Unlike the Universal films of the 1930’s these were edgy and much more graphic in their depictions of violence and sex. 

Next to their Dracula series, their Frankenstein films were their most popular with Peter Cushing as the titular Baron Frankenstein. The middle of the 7 Frankenstein films that started in 1957 and ended in 1974 was FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN. 

Certainly not the best of the series, it still has its charm. In this tale of terror Dr. Frankenstein has figured out a way of collecting the soul of the recently deceased and then implanting it into another body. 

Conveniently, his helper Han’s (Robert Morris) girlfriend Christina (Susan Denberg) is murdered by a trio of bad boys from the social elite, but it’s Hans that is accused and executed for the murder. 

Baron Frankenstein takes the opportunity to place Han’s soul inside Christina’s body and “viola,” he’s got an in the flesh ghost back from the grave and out for revenge. 

The plot is a little hokey but you either buy it or you don’t. The real issue is that a majority of the movie is spent with the set up so the actual bloody revenge is relegated to the last 20 minutes of the movie. They come so quickly that there’s really no time to build suspense or true horror. 

But, if you like a well made classic horror story that goes for the jugular than FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN is still fun. Just do yourself a favor and start with CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957) if you have never seen a Hammer film.

MAY 5, 2014