Hammer Films and the perfection of the Frankenstein project
in Adapting Frankenstein
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With its focus on change and transformation, Darwinian theory offers a useful theoretical tool for understanding the survival and evolution – indeed, the flourishing – of the Frankenstein Network. This chapter considers Hammer Film Productions’ The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) and its immediate filmic predecessor (The Curse of Frankenstein, 1957) as ‘successful’ replications of Mary Shelley’s source text, while also exploring the myriad ways in which Revenge propagates the post-Darwinian discourse of the 1950s. The Revenge of Frankenstein, as this chapter demonstrates, is unequivocally and obsessively about Dr Frankenstein, the man of science, the bold and brash technocrat, and the fierce advocate of transhumanism.

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