Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best vampire movies. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
Soft and chewy...
Frankenstein Created Woman goes beyond the concept of the evil re-animated corpse and presents an intrigue that revolves around containment of the soul, instead. The subject at hand is interesting but underdeveloped considering where the writers could go with the premise. It is downplaying the visuals and the scares, but, as a supernatural thriller, it pulls no punches.
It takes its unique spot in the franchise by displaying female partial nudity, throwing in a lengthy awkward bar fight not typical to the subgenre, and pushing controversy and gore generally further than previously attempted. It conforms to the previous films in terms of photo, set design, and, most importantly, brings back the excellent Peter Cushing as Baron Frankenstein.
So, they made the creature a woman this time! 1935's Bride of Frankenstein had the same gimmick. Sadly, by making her beautiful and not horrific, the creators ended up with somewhat of a femme fatale, not a brutal aberration. Her screen time as a monster is negligible, too, which is confusing. Things get tense in the last act only, so better gear up for all that dialogue!