A true pioneer of Hammer Film Productions’ horror production, 1957’s “The Curse of Frankenstein” was, in many ways, the first official entry in what would become a long and illustrious series of glamorous and genre endeavors. macabre. Loose adaptation The iconic novel by Mary Shelley, “The Curse of Frankenstein” was not Hammer’s first horror effort, but one that really set the standard for “Hammer Horror” as a distinct brand of Gothic cinema. Directed by future mainstay Terrence Fisher (who would go on to direct 1958’s “Dracula” and 1959’s “The Mummy,” among other classics), “The Curse of Frankenstein” featured Peter Cushing (then famous for his television work) as a horror icon. Likewise, as the titular creature, Christopher Lee enjoyed his first of many Hammer outings.
A huge financial success, the film was, as Patricia MacCormack said, a professor at Anglia Ruskin University BBC, the “first truly gory horror film, showing blood and guts in color”. Setting the visual and tonal standard for the production house after its brief war flirtation with disaster (which included declare bankruptcy in 1937), “The Curse of Frankenstein” would spawn six more Frankenstein films and a solid standard for the production house’s macabre genre delights.