The Tomb of Frankenstein

Details

Location

Bangor, Comber

Year

1964

Source

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project

Format

8mm

black and white

Length

26min 05sec

Audio

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute, Irish Film Archive, Spence Bros

Rights Holder

Irish Film Archive, Spence Bros

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

A strange old hermit uses witchcraft to give life to the Frankenstein monster. Will the creature be his instrument of revenge, or will it turn on its creator? A homage to the classic Frankenstein story from the inimitable Spence Brothers, shot on location in Comber and the Clandeboye Estate. The subject matter has a long and controversial history in Northern Irish cinema. In 1932, James Whale's Frankenstein was banned by the Police Committee as "blasphemous and unedifying" for its portrayal of a scientist emulating the life-giving abilities of God. 

Notes

Twin brothers Roy and Noel Spence have been making films like this for over fifty years; with subjects including crafty leprechauns, creatures from outer space, fifties rock 'n' rollers and the undead.

Credits

 This film is courtesy of Roy Spence and is held in the Irish Film Archive.

A Gothic Films Production

Directed by Roy Spence

Staring: Philip Bingham, John McKelbey, Noel Spence and Robert Walker

Costumes by Phyllis Knipe 

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