Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Don't kill Paul!!!

I am talking about Paul Krempe, the guy on the right and Victor Frankenstein's tutor, partner, unrequited lover, and wife stealer from Hammer's 1957 film "The Curse of Frankenstein."

In amazing Technicolor!!! I don't know if it was in technicolor, but it was Hammer's first color film, and their first horror "re-make," which led to countless others and the brand that Hammer is known for.

I did live to describe, although badly. "The Curse of Frankenstein" holds a very special place in my heart. I love this film, almost as much as I love Universal's "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein" (high praise) but not as much as I love the holy "Dead" trilogy. But what is Frankenstein but a sympathetic zombie? This bad-ass monster was not created by some curse of God or "Dr. Mike" level viral contagion, but by a MAN!

This man, Baron Von Frankenstein, played by Mr. Awesome himself, Peter Cushing, reminding me of Ralph Fiennes. I mean, Ralph Fiennes should play this role in the remake, with Christian
Bale as the Monster and Sam Worthington as his tutor/assistant Paul, and Natalie Portman as Elizabeth and Scarlett Johansson (I am not looking up that spelling) as the slutty maid that gets killed near the end.

Spoiler Alert! The slutty maid gets killed near the end by this guy, Frankenstein's Monster, played by that hot number Christoper Lee.

Universal threatened to sue if Hammer's Monster looked too much like their own, so the make-up artists created this monstrosity, which, to me, is more scary and realistic than Karloff's Monster. Anyway, "The Curse of Frankenstein" not only sticks closer to the source material, but it is quite saucy, as you would expect from the Brits. This version focuses not so much on the Monster, but more on the Baron himself, who is a mad and quite evil genius. He lies, kills, dismembers, and acts like a real Douchbag throughout, but don't worry, he gets his comeuppance. By the way, I love the character of Paul Krempe so much that I kept screaming "Don't kill Paul" throughout the whole film. Strangely enough this garnered no reaction from my husband who was watching something in the other room.

Much like "Hellraiser 2" (only 500 times better,) "The Curse of Frankenstein" holds a special place in my heart. I believe I saw this version of Frankenstein before I saw the Universal version. My childhood memories of Horror are all in vivid color. I most likely saw this with my Parents or Sisters on TV. I was probably pretending to be asleep but watching every gory second. Hammer horror, to me, is like curling up in a cozy old blanket by a warm fire with a cup of hot cocoa, only with a lot more cleavage and gore.

1 comment:

Cellar Door said...

You should really cast films.