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The Curse of Frankenstein

Released 1957
Distributor Warner Bros.

The international sleeper hit of 1957. Terence Fisher’s then-gorily shocking re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s novel jump-started Hammer Films into becoming the major supplier of genre fare for the next decade–and introduced Peter Cushing as the definitive Dr. Frankenstein as well as Christopher Lee in his first monster role. Followed by six sequels.

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About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.