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The Curse of Frankenstein(1957)

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Trivia

  • For many years this held the distinction of being the most profitable film to be produced in England by a British studio.
  • The first Frankenstein movie to be filmed in color
  • The idea originated with Milton Subotsky, who went on to co-found Amicus Films, Hammer's main rival during the 1960s and early '70s. The script was revised several times to avoid repeating any elements from the Universal Frankenstein series. As part of this effort, new Monster make-up had to be devised especially for this film.
  • Christopher Lee's monster make-up was almost literally done at the "last minute". After previous attempts to design a monster make-up using a cast of Lee's head had failed, make-up artist Philip Leakey made the final design the day before shooting began, directly onto Lee's face, using primarily cotton and other 'household' materials. Since he didn't use any latex or moulds, the make-up had to be recreated from scratch every day.
  • The original concept for this film was a black and white feature with Boris Karloff as Baron Frankenstein. Universal threatened a lawsuit if Hammer copied any elements from the classic Universal version. Hammer had Jimmy Sangster completely redo the script and had Jack Asher shoot it in Eastmancolour.

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