Commentary Track

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

This week on The Spectator Film Podcast…

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) 9/27/19
Featuring: Austin, Maxx

Commentary track begins at 13:52

— Notes —

  • Terence Fisher by Peter Hutchings — An engaging and insightful book on the director of many of Hammer’s greatest movies, Terence Fisher. Peter Hutchings is a wonderful writer, and this book fits right in with a lot of his other writing.
  • Monstrous Progeny: A History of Frankenstein Narratives by Lester D. Friedman and Allison B. Kavey — This book is tremendous. It doesn’t focus solely on film adaptations of Frankenstein, but provides insight into the entire history of Frankenstein’s continuous re-invention through theater, film, and its influence on other narratives. There’s only a small section addressing the Hammer adaptations, but the book is still incredibly useful for examining any Frankenstein story.
  • A New Heritage of Horror: The English Gothic Cinema by David Pirie — This study by David Pirie was one of the foremost academic examinations of the gothic tradition in British filmmaking. The book isn’t exclusively dedicated to Hammer, but Pirie still discusses Hammer films extensively, while also dedicating an entire chapter to Terence Fisher. Recommended for anyone looking to learn some more about Hammer.
  • Frankenstein by Junji Ito — Here’s the link to the graphic novel adaptation of Frankenstein that Maxx recommended.

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