Tonight on MeTV, we start off the holiday month with that surly old elf Victor Frankenstein, as always, constructing something far more sinister than toys- working under an alias in a new location ( not the North Pole- that as last week’s movie). While appearing to be a true benefactor, he’s actually making a list- of body parts- and checking it twice- in hopes of not ending up with another uncontrollable monster- as he sets out to take the “Revenge of Frankenstein”!
This 1958 Hammer horror reveals now Baron Frankenstein escaped his death sentence supposedly fulfilled at the conclusion of “Curse of Frankenstein”. We find him a few years later, having set up a new practice in the town of Carlsbruck, and practicing medicine to an eager gaggle of wealthy female patients- whose only illness often seems to be heart palpitations when they visit the doctor! This medical practitioner appears to have a charitable and noble agenda, since he also heads up a clinic for the poor. Though considered quite the model citizen -a young visitor from the local medical board named Hans seems to know the truth. He has recognized Victor- but has his own agenda- he won’t expose the doctor’s true identity- if he takes Hans on as an assistant in his secret experiments! Although Hans knows the Baron’s history of ungodly work- he finds it so exciting and groundbreaking that he wants to be a part of it!.
The Baron takes him on, and shows him his hidden laboratory, where another assistant, the malformed Karl, helps in preparations for new experiments- while hoping the doctor will see fit to give him a new, more perfect body. Hans and the Baron begin their quest to transplant a living brain into a single complete body- this time using a different tactic than previous attempts, with one assembled out of various parts from different victims. The end result- Karl’s wish is fulfilled, as his brain is successfully installed in a new body!
An unexpected development occurs when a pretty young lady, eager to serve the poor, volunteers to join the staff of the doctor’s hospital. In her new role, she ends up tending to the “new” Karl, with no idea how he has arrived at his current state. Frankenstein’s grand plan is upset when Karl realizes that the doctor plans to take him on a world tour, touting his success by putting him on display as a scientific miracle. Karl has no desire to be on exhibit, like some kind of freak-and promptly escapes from the hospital!
Not only is Karl gone, but suddenly there is an additional problem- an animal specimen that a similar transplant was performed on suddenly becomes violent and dangerous. Hans worries that the same thing may happen to the missing Karl – but Victor downplays that possibility- until a series of murders occur… and it would seem that Frankenstein has, once again, created a monster!
Peter Cushing reprises his role of Baron Frankenstein, picking up where the previous Hammer film ended. You’ll recognize other familiar faces from the famed studio, and we’ll tell you all about them. We’ll use “Svensurrounded” to turn some scenes from the film into some classic sitcoms, as well as taking a moment to bring back a beloved Sven parody of a certain favorite bawdy British comedian!
The full color “Revenge of Frankenstein” appears tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or, if you’re not sure of time and channel where you are, please check your local listings, or at www.metv.com . As always, MeTV invites you to join the many fans who are “live –Tweeting ” during the program on Twitter, using the hashtag #svengoolie . We’ve been among the top trending topics on Twitter nationally again the past few weeks! This morning, Chicago area viewers can again chill out with the classic “Thing from Another World” at 11 am on our main local station, CW26.
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Join us tonight on MeTV for Hammered-out vengeance- Frankenstein style!