Frankenstein Created Woman (UK 1967)

Rating: ***
Review Date: 3/24/12
Director: Terence Fisher
Cast: Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Thorley Walters

Baron Von Frankenstein (delightfully deranged Peter Cushing) is at it again, attempting to unlock the secrets of the soul and life after death. When his young servant is executed for a crime he didn't commit, the good doctor manages to transfer his soul into the body of a recently deceased girl (Susan Denberg) with remarkable results. Unfortunately, Christina's new soul craves revenge against those who framed him/her, and goes on a gleeful murder spree. The townsfolk naturally suspect Frankenstein and set out to destroy him and his creation.

Another great looking Hammer film, and Peter Cushing shines once again as he embraces the manner and madness of Dr. Frankenstein. Thorley Walters makes an amusing assistant who both fears and respects the doctor, and their relationship is severely tested when his association with Frankenstein nearly drags him to his doom. Susan Denberg plays the tragic cripple that Frankenstein brings back to life, but her performance is dull and lifeless. However, her turn as a seductive and sinister lady of the night is breath-taking and makes good use of her charms. The film is lush and colorful, and the music score is excellent. Great classic horror with all of the flourishes that you expect from Hammer.