Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

Mike Matei / October 10th, 2013


  • Chris McGuire

    October 10, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Awesome as always! For all you horror fans looking for more Halloween awesomeness, I’ll be doing several Halloween related game reviews this month!
    Check out my channel and enjoy the ride:

    • Radelta

      October 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Go away, your reviews suck.
      James or Mike should delete this spammer

      • Lanlost

        October 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm

        Really? I just watched his ‘rise of indie games’ video or whatever it was called .. and it was pretty damn good.

        But he still sucks for being a spammer anywhere. I could have just found his videos and spread it by word of mouth but now.. no.

        Not until I forget and rediscover it at least legitimately at least. (At least..)

      • Radelta

        October 11, 2013 at 12:09 am

        Yes Lanlost hes a scumbag spammer he should pay James for ad revenue if he wants to advertise on his site

      • Chris McGuire

        October 13, 2013 at 4:48 am

        Yeah, because posting RELEVANT content has become spam. If you’re willing to decry someone for trying to share upcoming horror celebration, you aren’t a true horror fan. When has spam become so abstract that we now attribute it to ANYTHING even remotely self-serving? Get real, man.

  • Benjamin Turney

    October 10, 2013 at 6:08 am

    I will use “I beg your pardon, I thought you knew what you were talking about…” sometime this week. Great video!

  • Jesse DeVries

    October 10, 2013 at 6:10 am

    great work james as always

  • Trevor Wisecup

    October 10, 2013 at 6:22 am

    I hope you review a great movie on my birthday in 3 days!

  • db1998

    October 10, 2013 at 6:51 am

    This is the best month of the year!

  • October 10, 2013 at 6:52 am

    I’m totally loving Monster Madness this year, James. Are you going to end up spoiling us and having an AVGN episode this month too? šŸ˜€

  • SilverShadow333

    October 10, 2013 at 6:53 am

    I’ve watched every single Monster Madness as it has come out since James started it. I love these reviews before and during All Hallows. Thank you so much James for putting these together, and to anyone else who helps out. Its not Halloween without some fuckin MM. I’m gonna be so sad when October ends. >_< But then again….I never want October to end anyway.

  • October 10, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I am VERY dissapointed with your review. This is, probably, the best film of the “Frankenstein” series and one of the best horror films ever done… and you give him a “not bad” rating!! Come on!! Cushing is relentlessly evil in this one as a man who burns to the ground the lives of everyone surround him. Of course he cannot be killed: he must be DESTROYED. The rape is not something that comes out from lust, but from POWER. He is the true and only master of the house! And the beggining? Just perfect. A clever way to say “this time, the monster IS the baron”. A movie as cruel and perverse as intriguing. It’s a freaking MASTERPIECE.

    • October 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      You’re disappointed because he has an opinion that differs from yours? Why even watch movie reviews then?

      • October 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm

        I am dissapointed because a man that I consider very similar to me in taste have not seen the brilliance of a film I like. I don’t think that’s so weird.

  • TheKingdom

    October 10, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Frankenstein is starting to get on my nerves a bit. Stupid asshole. Then again….who could argue with video power back in the day. Ya just had to be there.

  • NoSocks

    October 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Oh come on, what? “Sex it up” with a fucking rape scene? Why? It just doesn’t fit the character of Cushing’s Frankenstein. The whole reason why Peter Cushing is so awesome as Dr. Frankenstein is because he’s the living embodiment of “brains over brawns”.

    We’re supposed to love-hate him almost as the same way we like Tuco in The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. He’s a cheap rotten bastard, but he’s so amazingly likable while he’s at it. And this scene almost ruined the character.

    • October 10, 2013 at 7:33 am

      I think it fits perfectly in the character as shown in this movie. He is still “brains over brawls”. He is raping that poor girl not because he WANT to, but because he CAN do it. For him, she is his property now. And, in the very next scene he says, cold as ice “please, the breakfast at six O’clock”. He feels much superior than any other living being, and its his pride and lack of empathy what kills him at the end.

      And you know the most disturbing part of it all? That, after that terrible scene, he is still a likeable character. That’s why this movie is so great: for 90 minutes it make you a worse person.

      • Lukas Sprehn

        October 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

        The problem is, there should probably have been some more scenes establishing that part of him and his joy of being in such a great position now. The executive producer’s way of getting it in there was terrible. “To sex it up.” Come on. The director could easily have talked the exec into doing more with it, and still keeping it. That way we could have more establishing scenes before that and have it culminate in the rape scene and then the “breakfast at six O’clock.” line.

      • October 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

        LUKAS, I understand your point but I’m not agree. I think all the information is there, in the character, in Cushing acting and in the storyile (that is, essentially, about abuse of power). What is fun about movies is that, sometimes, something done as a “compromise” or “obligation” actually improves the movie. For example, my favorite version of Blade Runner is the fist one, the one that Ridley Scott hates so much!

      • October 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

        Sorry, but no, it doesn’t fit the character at all, wasn’t in the script, none of the actors or director liked the idea nor wanted to do it. It was thrust in for no good reason, and doesn’t fit. It’s just grotesque.

      • October 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

        DEVIL_RISING: of course is grotesque, that’s the point I am trying to raise.

  • batratspidercrab

    October 10, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Condescending Wonka should be replaced with Condescending Cushing!

  • October 10, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I think that they exactly were going for what you hate in this movie: make Doc Frankenstein evil. They needed a reason to make the 1974 sequel, yeah i don’t count the EMI one (i even refued to see it since there’s no Peter Cushing), the way it is…even if they keep just breaking continuity. This was scary as hell to me, finally you see Cushing all out and 1969 was the year of censorship starting to crumble down. Even if, thanks to Reagan, that’s up again and indipendent films now suffer from that law. You must consider the 1974 sequel, the year this was made, and all changes that were happening in that period to really make your mind go free with this amazing piece of evil.

  • BladeRunner

    October 10, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Peter Cushing is so great at what he does, another great review for an awesome Hammer film!!!

  • October 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Yeah. Graphic rape scenes basically have no place in any movie, ever…..

    • October 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      That’s a very narrow vision of movies in general. Disturbing, terryfying or even repugnant images are very important in how our growth as human beings. Stories are not always about “entertainment”, but about “learning”, “thinking” and “relief”.

      • October 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

        Sorry my english, but I’m from Spain and this thing don’t allow me to edit my previous messages.

  • October 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    i wish that next year he get to review modern day movies because he’s running out of classic horrors.

  • frostare

    October 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Wow and I thought Final Fantasy had too much Cids

  • October 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    You’re doing such an awesome job james! Keep up the great work!

  • October 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Totally waiting for Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell. Just watched it and it was AWESOME! It’s got that girl from Live and Let Die and it is dark. There is a lot in there that reminds my of Silence of the Lambs.

  • Kieran St James

    October 11, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Well done!

  • Aaron1375

    October 11, 2013 at 2:05 am

    No Hans!?! No!!!! You’re right about that rape scene, it is bad on so many levels. I just never expected Peter Cushing to do a scene like this.

  • fackya

    October 11, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Great reviews.
    lol, in Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter the assistant’s name is Rudolph.

  • October 11, 2013 at 4:10 am

    this one is alright as well. the ending looks good and at least Peter Cushing makes up for it. I will say that I like this movie better than the previous film you’ve mentioned so I will give it a view once I officially get on the Hammer wagon and view more of these films. awesome job as always James.

  • lotusclown

    October 11, 2013 at 5:18 am

    this is why i truly hate some producers, they do so many things right but so many wrong at the same time.. the rape scene ruined the whole movie imo, thats just not who frankenstein is.. is it weren’t for that shit this would have been one of if not “the” best in the series.

  • October 12, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Word to your mummy

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Another weird movie, but it doesn’t seem too bad, either. There’s some cool stuff going on here, some issues aside. Good review!

  • October 19, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    James, what glasses are you wearing? They look like ic!-Berlin.

  • Strazdas

    October 21, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Oh, James, i didnt knew you were a cardiologist and Neurologist. Or were you talking about things you knew nothing about? Maybe you are a biologist too since you apperently know how hard is to keep the brain alive and can compare it to curing insanity (you know, thing real doctors actually do, but use psychology?)

    For a review where you talk about Frankenstein putting people into places, you are just begging to be put yourself.

    Greak review anyway, but i couldnt resist this.

  • nammm3

    November 2, 2013 at 1:05 am

    The Hammer Horror movies have such good taste in their women šŸ˜› great review James! The final act really does look epic

  • November 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    He raped a girl what the fuck

  • November 11, 2013 at 2:44 am

    so this movie is like standing in line for lunch. Your legs feel shaky, but as soon as you sit down and eat it’s all good. I like it.

  • A H

    April 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    If they wanted to “sex it up” why couldn’t they have the charecters have sex, instead of him raping her

  • fcabanski

    November 3, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Boy, if the exec producer wanted to sex up the movie, he could have just had a scene showing Frankenstein and the lady having sex.

  • jake westbrook

    July 4, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I thought this actually brought back all the class to the series that was missing from evil of frankenstein and frankenstein created woman. But you are right about the rape scene though.

  • Adam Locascio

    July 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Not for nothing, James….but why say “decapitating someone’s head?” You can’t decapitate any other part of the body.

    Doesn’t mean I don’t love you.

  • December 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    The rape scene reminds me a lot of what happens in Wings of Honnemiase. It totally ruined everything that film had going too because it fucked up the main characters development arc, the main romance arc which took a big chunk of the movie, came out of nowhere, and had no resolution at all. I hate when shit like this happens, it’s one of the bad parts of film being such a collaborative medium.

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