Friday, October 23, 2009
Hammerin' Fears: "The Curse of Frankenstein" (1957)
I usually don't like reposting artwork that has been already shown earlier on this blog, but since my PC crashed and put me behind on my schedule, I didn't have time to draw today's Hammer tribute so... here's a classic from Hammer horrors: Peter Cushing as Doctor Victor Frankenstein (as featuered in the Mad Doctors Week a few months back).
In the original classic trilogy with Karloff (as the creature) and Clive (as the Doctor), the focus of the stories was the monster who gets out of control and overpowers his creator. Things change in the '50s thanks to the famous Hammer Films. Movies like "The Curse of Frankenstein" (1957) and "The Revenge of Frankenstein" (1958) - both directed by Terence Fisher - swap the roles between the two main characters. Now the focus is on the mad doctor Victor Frankenstein instead of the creature. He is the real monster, the cold and evil dandy with no scruples. The Creature he created is the victim escaping the lab and the morbose screenings of the so called "science".
Peter Cushing played the mad doctor Frankenstein in these 2 movies and in 3 more movies, 2 directed again by Terence Fisher (1967 and 1969) and one by Freddie Francis (1964), so I thought it would be perfect for this gallery, even more than Colin CLive.
Below is the original trailer for "The Curse of Frankenstein" (1957), directed by Trence Fisher and Sarring Peter Cushing as the Doctor, Chistopher Lee as the Creature, and Robert Urquhart.
Hopefully I will manage to get the Vault of Fear piece done for Sunday so I will see you soon (insert maniacal laugh here ;))
Artwork © 2009 Francesco Francavilla.
"Hammerin' Fears" and "The Vault of Fear" © and TM 2009 Francesco Francavilla.