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'''''The Curse of Frankenstein''''' is a British horror film from the year 1957. It stars Creator/PeterCushing as Baron Frankenstein and Creator/ChristopherLee as The Creature. It is Hammer's first ''Frankenstein'' film, their first colour film and it single-handedly established the HammerHorror.

Owing more to the 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 {{creating life}}, Baron Victor von Frankenstein starts conducting experiments of such with the help of his tutor Dr. Paul Krempe. 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.

''The Curse'' was followed by ''The Revenge of Frankenstein'' in 1959 and Hammer remade it as ''The Horror of Frankenstein'' in 1970.
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!!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.
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: 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.
* DawsonCasting: Somewhat. Peter Cushing was 44 when he starred in this film. The beginning of the film suggests that Victor first began his tutleage when was still young enough for Paul to initially mistake Victor for the young son of the Baron, rather than the Baron himself. Young Victor is played by a much younger actor than Cushing and the lines suggest that he is still in his teens at the time. Assuming that about 10 years passes between this and the present (and given the barely noticeable aging of Paul), the Victor Frankenstein as played by Cushing should have been about in his mid to late 20s at most.
* 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.
* EyeScream: Not shown, but Paul remarks how the eyes of the first corpse, that he and Victor stole, is missing its eyes due to the birds getting to it first.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: Priest's arrival to 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
* GraveRobbing: Victor and Paul pick their material from the gallows.
* HollywoodAcid: The acid pool, which can [[NoBodyLeftBehind disintegrate bodies]] completely.
* 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.
* MadScientistLaboratory: Victor's laboratory is filled with colourful beakers and electric machinery.
* ManOnFire: The Creature cathes 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.
* 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.
* NeckLift: Upon facing its creator, the Creature starts strangling Victor while lifting from the ground.
* 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.
* PrettyInMink: Some of Elizabeth's outfits. Two have ermine muffs, and one is a blue dress lined with brown fur.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: One possible interpretation of the film. [[spoiler:Although the sequels would appear to negate this.]]
* {{Uberwald}}
* VillainProtagonist: Dr. Frankenstein, whose villainy would be continued on other films.
* TheVonTropeFamily: Victor von Frankenstein.
* TheXOfY
* YourCheatingHeart: Despite being engaged to Elizabeth, Victor has an on-going affair with Justine the maid.
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