Peter Cushing delivers his most cold-blooded portrayal of the mad Baron in his fifth turn as Dr. Frankenstein. Abandoning his latest experiment after a drunk stumbles into his secret lab (upsetting a severed head) he hurriedly finds new lodgings with a sweet young thing (Hammer glamour babe Veronica Carlson) whose boyfriend (Simon Ward, in his film debut) works in the local sanitarium. Frankenstein blackmails the lovers into complicity with his latest experiment, resorts to kidnapping and murder for his subjects, turns accomplice Ward into a killer, and even rapes Carlson in a coldly brutal scene. The goriest film of the series kicks off with a flamboyant beheading with a scythe (seen only as a spray of blood across a window) and is full of bloody brain surgery, conveniently offscreen but vividly suggested in the slurping sound effects of surgical saws and drills and the gallons of blood left in their wake. Freddie Jones is heartbreaking as Frankenstein's latest creature, a once-insane scientist who awakens to find himself cured but trapped in a grotesque, alien body. When he attempts to communicate with his wife, half hiding in a dark corner while she peers around and sees only a monster, director Terence Fisher offers the most affecting moment of pathos in the entire series. Cushing and Fisher reunited for one more film together, the seventh and final film in the series, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell. --Sean Axmaker

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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

Horror · 1h 36m · 2/11/1970

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Peter Cushing delivers his most cold-blooded portrayal of the mad Baron in his fifth turn as Dr. Frankenstein. Abandoning his latest experiment after a drunk stumbles into his secret lab (upsetting a severed head) he hurriedly finds new lodgings with a sweet young thing (Hammer glamour babe Veronica Carlson) whose boyfriend (Simon Ward, in his film debut) works in the local sanitarium. Frankenstein blackmails the lovers into complicity with his latest experiment, resorts to kidnapping and murder for his subjects, turns accomplice Ward into a killer, and even rapes Carlson in a coldly brutal scene. The goriest film of the series kicks off with a flamboyant beheading with a scythe (seen only as a spray of blood across a window) and is full of bloody brain surgery, conveniently offscreen but vividly suggested in the slurping sound effects of surgical saws and drills and the gallons of blood left in their wake. Freddie Jones is heartbreaking as Frankenstein's latest creature, a once-insane scientist who awakens to find himself cured but trapped in a grotesque, alien body. When he attempts to communicate with his wife, half hiding in a dark corner while she peers around and sees only a monster, director Terence Fisher offers the most affecting moment of pathos in the entire series. Cushing and Fisher reunited for one more film together, the seventh and final film in the series, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell. --Sean Axmaker

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Status

Released
Cast
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Peter Cushing

Baron Frankenstein
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Veronica Carlson

Anna Spengler
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Freddie Jones

Professor Richter
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Simon Ward

Karl
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Thorley Walters

Inspector Frisch
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Maxine Audley

Ella Brandt
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George Pravda

Doctor Brandt
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Geoffrey Bayldon

Police Doctor
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Colette O'Neil

Mad Woman
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Frank Middlemass

Guest - Plumber
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George Belbin

Guest - Playing chess
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Norman Shelley

Guest - Smoking pipe
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Michael Gover

Guest - Reading newspaper
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Peter Copley

Principal
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Jim Collier

Dr. Heidecke
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Allan Surtees

Police Sergeant
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Windsor Davies

Police Sergeant
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Jack Armstrong

Reporter (uncredited)
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Pauline Chamberlain

Woman in Street (uncredited)
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Timothy Davies

Policeman (uncredited)
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Robert Davis

Official (uncredited)
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Harry Fielder

Villager (uncredited)
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Caron Gardner

Passer-By (uncredited)
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Robert Gillespie

Mortuary Attendant (uncredited)
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Michael Goldie

Warder (uncredited)
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Harold Goodwin

Burglar (uncredited)
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Victor Harrington

Journalist (uncredited)
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Edward Higgins

Water Board Workman (uncredited)
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Elizabeth Morgan

Christina (uncredited)
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Daphne Oxenford

Lady In Garden (uncredited)
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Dorothy Smith

Anna's Neighbour (uncredited)
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Meadows White

Nightwatchman (uncredited)
Crew
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Anthony Nelson Keys

Writer
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Bert Batt

Writer
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Terence Fisher

Director
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

(DVD)

4/27/2004

Disc Title Front Cover

Le Retour de Frankenstein

(DVD)

Disc Title Front Cover

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

9/7/2010

Disc Title Front Cover

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

(DVD, Snapper)

4/27/2004

Disc Title Front Cover

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

(DVD)

Disc Title Front Cover

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

10/6/2015

Disc Title Front Cover

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

(Blu-ray, Digipack)

10/6/2015

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