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Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

 
 

At Her Hans

Susan Denberg in Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

After Doctor Hertz (Thorley Walters) re-animates the dead and frozen body of Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) they realise that in death the human spirit does not leave the body like many believed. So when Hertz's assistant Hans is hung for a murder he didn't commit and his girlfriend Christina in a distraught state commits suicide the pair of scientists manage to transfer Hans' spirit in to Christina's body and re-animates it. But with a new lease of life Hans seeks to gain revenge on those responsible for his demise.

Let me give you the real good news to start with; "Frankenstein Created Woman" is a sequel to "The Evil of Frankenstein" but you don't need to watch that movie to follow it as it is a simple storyline. The Baron manages to transfer the spirit of the dead Hans into Christina following his hanging and now he seeks revenge. Okay so there is more to this than first meets the eye, for example Christina has a large birthmark on her face and has a weaker side of her body which leads to her often being tormented by the wealthy young men of the village but for those who are not a huge fan of the Hammer horror look will find "Frankenstein Created Woman" easy to follow.

But whilst I found "Frankenstein Created Woman" a lot more entertaining than some Hammer horror movies I have endured it still didn't set my world alight. And I put it down to once again being a movie of a certain style from a certain period which when you have grown up on more recent horror movies doesn't have the same power or effect. Despite this it does tick the boxes and is nicely acted, in fact better acted than some of these 60s horror movies I have watched and it does have more depth than you would normally get in these sorts of movies.

What this all boils down to is that "Frankenstein Created Woman" is a simple enough Hammer horror to follow and quite an enjoyable one at that. But at the same time it is again a movie more for those who grew up on Hammer horrors rather than those watching having grown up on more recent horror movies.

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