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Marcus K. Harmes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733858

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.001.0001

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Cinema Part 2: Heritage and Horror

Cinema Part 2: Heritage and Horror

(p.77) Chapter Five: Cinema Part 2: Heritage and Horror
The Curse of Frankenstein

Marcus K. Harmes

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses The Curse of Frankenstein as a hybrid, adapting from a novel but by no means suggesting that the film is subordinate to the literature. The film instead sits in the trajectory established by Gainsborough period dramas, which the 'upstairs/downstairs' aesthetic of the Baron's world indicates. The chapter also discusses Terence Fisher's directing experience before he came to direct The Curse of Frankenstein and how his previous directions influenced his creation of the film. It describes his direction style and how he was able to create dynamic scenes in front of an almost stationary camera. The chapter discusses how The Curse of Frankenstein killed off the science-fiction thrillers that Hammer was producing. It compares and discusses the differences of reactions received by The Curse of Frankenstein with other films of the same genre. The chapter also discusses the portrayal of aristocracy on film and how aristocrats are far more acceptable than working-class characters as features to a horror film.

Keywords:   aesthetic, Terence Fisher, film directing, hybrid film, criticisms, aristocracy, Gainsborough, The Curse of Frankenstein

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