Since so many requests come in for more Hammer horror, we’ve brought back another classic Peter Cushing vehicle- as he again portrays Dr. Frankenstein- returning to his original laboratory, and out for revenge and reanimation in "Evil of Frankenstein"!
In this continuation of the brilliant but obsessed doctor’s saga, he has employed a ne’er-do-well body snatcher to get him- uh- “raw materials” for his experiments. With the help of his young assistant, Hans, he attempts to bring life back to a human heart, but a local priest has gotten wise to his experimentation, forcing the doctor and Hans to abandon everything and flee. With no money and no place to continue their dark work, they head back to the doctor's estate in Karlstaad- with the intention of selling off the doctor's valuables to raise more money for more equipment and research. Along the way, they see a young mute woman being attacked by some low-lifes, but when Hans tries to help her, she runs away into the hillside. Entering Karlstaad is easy, since the villagers are in the midst of a festival, and no one detects just who has arrived in town. Arriving at Frankenstein’s mansion, they are enraged to see that it has been looted and trashed! Dejected, Frankenstein tells Hans the full story of how he created a living being, only to have it cause mayhem and his exile from his home town, being sent to prison, and having the being he created last seen trying to escape into the mountains- and being shot by the authorities before disappearing!
Wearing masks like the other festival funsters , the doctor and Hans head into town for a meal- where he sees his old enemy the burgomaster wearing a ring -that belonged to Frankenstein himself! He creates a scene , and is again forced to flee- making an unscheduled detour through the tent of a hypnotist, who will prove to be a help -and even more of a hindrance later on. Hans accompanies him up into the mountains to escape- where they again encounter the mute woman, and , even more incredible- Frankenstein’s original creation, frozen in some glacial ice! The doctor helps thaw him out, finding the being he created alive but unresponsive. In hopes of totally restoring his creation, the doctor enlists the aforementioned hypnotist to help restore the monster’s brain function- which leads to the mesmerist providing more menacing evil!
This 1964 color feature is a typical of Hammer horror, with brilliant color, gore, and –ahem-some cleavage- and it's always a treat to watch the great Peter Cushing in action. We'll fill you in on the cast, plus bring back an often-requested Sven bit based on this film, along with other Sven fun.
"Evil of Frankenstein" runs tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or at the time and channel you find it in your local listings or at www.metv.com . Remember that you can join the many Sven fans live-Tweeting during the show tonight on Twitter- using the hashtag #svengoolie . Chicago viewers get a return trip to the “Forbidden Planet” at 11 am this morning on WCIU, the U!
The next commemorative Sven anniversary t-shirt is out- and selling fast! Check it out in our store! Also, if you’re in the area, we return to the Flashback Weekend convention in Rosemont, IL- where last night, we had a great time on stage with WGN’s Nick Digilio for a special 40th anniversary celebration. ( If you didn’t hear us talking about it on air earlier this week, you can hear all about it here- https://wgnradio.com/2019/07/31/svengoolie-talks-flashback-horror-weekend-40-years-on-air-and-stories-from-the-set/ ) Today, I do a professional photo op, a signing, and then host the costume contest- come by for the fun!
My big announcement? Well, you’d have to be BATS to still WONDER if some JOKER could have a SUPER time in comic books – it could happen in a FLASH, but will actually be coming this fall! Full information to come…
Meanwhile, you have an appointment with the doctor tonight on MeTV- hope you have insurance for losing a body part…or two…or more…