The film that single-handedly launched the Film/HammerHorror brand, ''The Curse of Frankenstein'' was released in 1957. Directed by Terence Fisher, the film stars Creator/PeterCushing as Baron Frankenstein and Creator/ChristopherLee as The Creature. Besides being Hammer's first horror outing, it is also notable as the studio's first colour release.

Owing more to the Franchise/UniversalHorror films than [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} the original novel]], this film once again tells a story of a scientist who creates life with terrible consequences.

Fascinated with CreatingLife, Baron Victor von Frankenstein starts conducting experiments of such with the help of his tutor Dr. Paul Krempe (Robert Urquhart). Unlike the well-meaning scientist from the Universal films, Frankenstein is depicted as an unfaithful womanizer who has no qualms against killing people for body-parts and having those who obstruct his work murdered.

It was during this film when Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee met in person and struck a lifelong friendship.

Followed by several sequels beginning with ''Film/TheRevengeOfFrankenstein'' in 1958, and semi-remade as ''Film/TheHorrorOfFrankenstein'' in 1970.
!!This film is cursed with:

* AdaptationalVillainy: Victor is depicted as much less sympathetic and well-meaning than in the original book or the earlier movies.
* ArrangedMarriage: Victor is arranged to marry his cousin Elizabeth, an arrangement that she doesn't mind at all. Victor couldn't care less.
* BatmanGambit: Justine tells Victor that she is pregnant and that she will reveal his secrets unless he marries her like he promised. Knowing that his laboratory is the first place that she would look, Victor tells her that she'd need evidence if anyone is to believe her. His laboratory being the place where he keeps the Creature captive, this leads to her death at its hands.
* BerthaInTheAttic: Victor keeps the Creature chained to the wall of his laboratory after its second revival.
* BlindAndTheBeast: The film subverts its source material by having the monster meeting a blind man and his grandson, and he immediately murders both.
* BottleEpisode: famously made on a low budget, the film features a tiny cast and takes place almost entirely within the Baron's house, aside from the framing story in the prison and a few scenes in the woods. Paul keeps mentioning the town nearby but we never see it or any of the townspeople because Hammer literally couldn't afford to build another exterior set or hire that many extras at the time.
* BuryYourDisabled: The creature kills an old blind man.
* CanonForeigner: Frankenstein, Elizabeth, Justine and the creature are all from Mary Shelley's novel, but Paul is an original character created just for the movie to give Frankenstein someone to play off of in his lab, just like [[TheIgor Fritz]] in the first Universal film.
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: The creature is subdued after its initial revival when Paul hits it with a chair.
* ChekhovsGun: The acid pool.
* CreatingLife: After discovering the means of resurrection, Victor decides to bring a human being to life.
* DestinationDefenestration: The Creature meets its end when it crashes through a window and falls to the acid pool below.
* DramaticUnmask: The Creature dramatically removes the shroud from its face after Victor comes face to face with it.
* TheEndingChangesEverything: The film is told as a flashback story by the Baron who is in jail for murder waiting execution. The ending leaves it uncertain whether the events really happened. Especially given the Victor's personality, we can usually rely on him to be an UnreliableNarrator.
* EyeScream:
** Not shown, but Paul remarks how the first corpse that he and Victor steal is missing its eyes due to the birds getting to it first.
** When the Creature escapes the first time, Paul shoots it in the eye.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: The priest's arrival at the prison is underlined by the tolling of the bell.
* ForScience: Paul helps Victor with his work early on, but becomes reluctant to help him after Victor ruthlessness becomes evident.
* FramingDevice / HowWeGotHere: The film's story is told by Victor in prison as he awaits his execution.
* FrankensteinsMonster: A more murderous example.
* GentlemanAndAScholar: Professor Bernstein is described as one of the most brilliant minds in Europe, but reminds Dr. Frankenstein that men of science are human, too, and must take time out of their work to enjoy life and the company of others. He appears to be an engaging conversationalist and a pleasant houseguest.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: The main characters are mostly upper class, so their clothes are appropriately fancy.
* GratuitousLaboratoryFlasks: Baron Frankenstein's attic laboratory features a nice array of curvy Victorian retorts and such. Loads of bright, colorful liquids and heavy on the dry ice, it's definitely a feast for the eyes.
* GraveRobbing: Victor and Paul pick their material from the gallows.
* HollywoodAcid: The acid pool, which can [[NoBodyLeftBehind disintegrate bodies]] completely.
* HollywoodKiss: There is an intense make-out session between Baron Frankenstein and the maid Justine. It quickly becomes clear, however, that although Justine is in love, to the Baron she is just a fling.
* InstantThunder: Prevalent in the night when Victor's creation comes to life.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Thanks to an unplanned lightining strike, Victor's creation receives the energy it needs to come alive.
* LoveTriangle: Victor's maid Justine loves him, his arranged wife Elizabeth loves him, but he cares about neither of them, as there is science to be done.
* MadScientist: Guess who?
* MadScientistLaboratory: Victor's laboratory is filled with colourful beakers and electric machinery.
* MaidOfSexy: Justine.
* ManOnFire: The Creature catches on fire when Victor throws an oil lamp at it.
* MixAndMatchMan: The bodies used for Victor's experiments are in various sates of decomposition, which forces him to pick the best parts from a variety of corpses.
* MoeGreeneSpecial: Paul shoots the Creature's right eye out during its first escape.
* NeckLift: Upon facing its creator, the Creature starts strangling Victor while lifting from the ground.
* NeverMyFault: Victor cannot stand to face responsibility for what he's done, and prefers to blame Paul instead.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Victor speculates that the only reason the Creature is [[AlwaysChaoticEvil homi]][[AxeCrazy cidal]] is because Paul damaged the brain before implantation, then damaged it further when he [[BoomHeadshot shot it in the head]]. If true, this would mean Paul is just as culpable (albeit indirectly) for the Creature's murders as Victor was. Of course, it could also be argued that [[spoiler: the fact that Frankenstein killed the original owner of the Creature's brain pre-disposed it towards homicidal revenge.]]
* OffWithHisHead: Victor is charged to face the guillotine in the end.
* OpeningScroll
* PeopleJars: The resurrectable subjects are kept in a container filled with liquid.
* PetTheDog: Victor gets one in the end when he saves Elizabeth from the Creature.
* PimpedOutDress: Elizabeth is an heiress, and she wears a number of fancy dresses.
* PreciousPuppy: When Victor is still relatively likable, he and Paul bring a dead puppy back to life.
* PrettyInMink: Some of Elizabeth's outfits to help show her wealth. Two have ermine muffs, and one is a blue dress lined with brown fur.
* RomanticRunnerUp: [[spoiler: Paul to Elizabeth.]]
* ShootingSuperman: Baron Frankenstein shoots the monster with pistol to no effect. He then throws the pistol at the monster. Again, no effect. Thankfully he throws a lantern next time and that seems to work.
* SmugSnake: Baron Frankenstein, particularly with Justine. In the middle of making out with her, he gloats about how she will be required to wait on her rival Elizabeth.
* TheSociopath: Victor Frankenstein, in spades. He has no comprehension of right and wrong, only of what he wants.
* SparedByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Unlike her counterpart in the novel, Elizabeth barely survives her encounter with the Creature.]]
* StepfordSmiler: Elizabeth increasingly becomes one as she realizes that the Baron is obsessed with his mysterious, possibly evil experiments and cares little for her.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Victor insists that his mistress the maid Justine address him as Baron Frankenstein even when they are kissing.
* {{Uberwald}}
* VillainProtagonist: Dr. Frankenstein, whose villainy would be continued on other films.
* VillainousBreakdown: Frankenstein has a major one at the end when Paul refuses to testify on his behalf.
* TheVonTropeFamily: Victor von Frankenstein.
* TheXOfY
* YourCheatingHeart: Despite being engaged to Elizabeth, Victor has an on-going affair with Justine the maid.