Movie Review: FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN was directed by Terence Fisher from a screenplay by Anthony Hinds and stars Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Thorley Walters, Derek Fowlds, Duncan Lamont, Peter Blythe, Barry Warren and Robert Morris. The music was composed by James Bernard.

Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) and Dr. Hertz (Thorley Walters) are embarking upon an experiment to capture the souls of the dead and impose them into other bodies. When their assistant, Hans (Robert Morris), is unjustly accused of murdering his girlfriend Christina’s father and put to death, the two men claim his body and trap his soul in their laboratory. Meanwhile, Christina (Susan Denberg) is consumed with grief over the death of her beloved Hans and commits suicide. Frankenstein and Dr. Hertz are able to transfer Hans’ soul into Christina’s healed body, which results in a vision of beauty. Their experiment appears successful until Frankenstein discovers that Christina’s seductive appetites are being driven by the spirit of Hans and his passion for revenge.

This 1967 Hammer Films horror classic is a tragic love story that follows a slightly deformed Christina and Hans, the man who loves her unconditionally. Hans also deals with his own personal torture, he witnessed his father beheaded by a guillotine as a child and has been haunted by that incident ever since as he pays for his father’s sins. What happens is, Hans gets blamed for a death that he doesn’t commit and he’s sent to the same guillotine that took his father’s head. Poor Christina witnesses the horrific event and thrusts herself off a bridge and drowns and this is where Baron Frankenstein comes into play.

In this movie, Frankenstein believes that the soul stays with the body after death for an extended period of time. He retrieves both bodies and places Hans soul inside of Christina and resurrects her.  When she wakens, she has no memory of her past life as she secretly sets out on a violent path of revenge, with Hans soul in charge. Christina takes out each horrible person that hurt her and Hans and after these deeds are completed we get to see one more unsettling moment between Christina and Hans’ head that she’s been carrying around with her in a basket. This final moment ends with one more tragedy as Baron Frankenstein looks on helplessly as Christina takes one final leap back into the water.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Frankenstein Created Woman has been given a new 2K scan from the original film elements and this upgrade is leaps and bounds better than the Blu-ray release we got from Millennium Entertainment back in 2014.The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I really enjoyed revisiting Frankenstein Created Woman because it’s a fantastic watch and one of my personal favorites. Some people think it’s a mediocre horror movie at best but I think it’s one of Hammer Films’ best entries. While we don’t get the traditional Frankenstein monster, we do get this beautiful woman whose innocence is lost after these tragic events and she’s the one who becomes the monster in the movie. I love all of the theatrics and cheap looking tools and machines that Baron Frankenstein uses in the movie, you can just tell that this one is from a different era. The story was interesting and to me this movie is honestly more of a tragic love story than a horror film. I really got into all of these characters in this story but especially Christina and Hans, more so Christina who becomes as deadly as she is beautiful. This is as nice of a release that this horror classic will ever get and Scream Factory did an amazing job with the pristine new 2K upgrade. Frankenstein Created Woman will be available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on June 11th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.66:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include some new audio commentary, two new interviews, some vintage audio commentary, two classic World of Hammer episodes, a vintage featurette, two theatrical trailers, two TV spots, two radio spots, a still gallery and a poster and lobby card gallery.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr
  • NEW interview with actor Robert Morris (11:19)
  • NEW interview with camera assistant/clapper loader Eddie Collins and 2nd assistant director Joe Marks (12:13)
  • Audio Commentary by actors Derek Fowlds, Robert Morris and film historian Jonathan Rigby
  • World of Hammer episode The Curse of Frankenstein (24:46)
  • World of Hammer episode Hammer Stars: Peter Cushing (24:44)
  • Hammer Glamour featurette (44:10)
  • Theatrical Trailers (04:36)
  • TV Spots (01:24)
  • Radio Spots (01:44)
  • Still Gallery (05:38)
  • Poster and Lobby Card Gallery (05:34)
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