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THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958) – Episode 165 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“How can I do me dance without me legs?” Or how can you be a pickpocket without your arm? Dr. “Schtein” doesn’t seem to care. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Doc Rotten, and Jeff Mohr – as they take in the second of Hammer’s Frankenstein films: The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 165 – The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

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Having escaped execution and assumed an alias, Baron Frankenstein transplants his deformed underling’s brain into a perfect body, but the effectiveness of the process and the secret of his identity soon begin to unravel.

It’s Doc’s choice of films for this episode, so it should be no surprise the film chosen is the Hammer/Peter Cushing classic The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958). A rare event for Hammer, this feature is a direct sequel to its predecessor, The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), beginning with Victor Frankenstein escaping the guillotine. A dastardly chap, that Frankenstein. A new series of shenanigans begins as Frankenstein, now known as Doctor Stein, continues his experiments. A surprisingly serious take on the character and Shelley’s story follows Peter Cushing’s Doctor Frankenstein instead of Christopher Lee’s Monster. Check out what the Grue Crew shares about this fantastic early Hammer horror entry.

At the time of this writing, The Revenge of Frankenstein is available for streaming from multiple PPV sources. It is also available on physical media as a Blu-ray in the Hammer Films – Ultimate Collection, a 20-film set from Sony. 

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule, as chosen by Chad, is Fiend Without a Face (1958)! The Grue Crew can’t wait!

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.