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The Films of Terence Fisher$
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Wheeler Winston Dixon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325345

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325345.001.0001

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The Gothic Impulse – Frankenstein

The Gothic Impulse – Frankenstein

(p.181) Chapter 5 The Gothic Impulse – Frankenstein
The Films of Terence Fisher

Wheeler Winston Dixon

Liverpool University Press

This chapter cites The Curse of Frankenstein, which was a ground-breaking film that was brought together for the first time by the key members of the Hammer horror team. It recounts how Terrence Fisher paired for the first time Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in The Curse of Frankenstein, which would become the most famous team of horror stars since Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in the 1930s. It also describes Fisher's enormous benefit of having an excellent screenplay by Jimmy Sangster, superb camerawork by Jack Asher, James Bernard's melancholy and evocative music, Bernard Robinson's effortlessly realistic production design, and Philip Leakey's startlingly revisionist work for the makeup of the Frankenstein monster itself. The chapter points out how The Curse of Frankenstein established the careers of nearly everyone involved in its production. It mentions Val Guest's The Quatermass Xperiment, as the film that started Hammer on its horror cycle.

Keywords:   Terence Fisher, The Curse of Frankenstein, Hammer horror team, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Frankenstein monster, The Quatermass Xperiment

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