by Anthony King
We still have a full weekend of SMM ahead of us, and, Satan willing, I'll make it through. But friends, I'm ready for this month to be over so we can dive headlong into Noirvember/Sadvember. October seems to have been so busy for me. It's 2:39pm on Thursday and this column comes out in less than 24 hours. My brain isn't fully functioning, and I'm running on fumes. Nevertheless, SMM rages on, and I'm raging as hard as I can.
This past week was full of spooky delights. Once again, I turned to my Hammer Films Ultimate Collection and put on Terence Fisher's The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958). A direct sequel to Fisher's The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Peter Cushing returns as the good doctor himself in hiding with the assumed name of Dr. Victor Stein. He's set up shop in a neighboring town and runs a clinic which is stealing the town's other doctor's clients. Naturally, Vic can't help himself and goes back to playing God, creating his own man. Compared to Universal's near-abysmal and innumerable sequels to Frankenstein (1931), Revenge is a masterpiece. Production values were obviously a higher priority at Hammer for this film, and it shows. The story is captivating, performances from Cushing, Francis Matthews, and Michael Gwynn are top-notch and memorable, and Fisher's hand is all over this film, from its gothic atmosphere to the stunning visual storytelling. I'll take this over Son, Ghost, House, and even Bride from Universal.
Stay spooky and let's finish SMM strong!