Behind Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

Hammer’s Frankenstein series was unique, as it focused on the exploits of the evil doctor, rather than bringing the creature back again and again. This entry into the franchise built on the mad scientist, well, madness, making him even more gruesome of a character.

1. The project was delayed due to a Dracula sequel.

In October 1967, Anthony Hinds was working on the script when he was asked to work on Dracula Has Risen from the Grave. The project was later picked up by Bert Batt and finished in December 1968 – a considerable amount of time later, considering that Frankenstein’s first sequel was written in less than 10 weeks.

2. Carlson’s first day of filming was unique.

Veronica Carlson was no stranger to Hammer and stared in Dracula Has Risen from the Grave before dipping her toe into Franken-waters. Still, it was still a unique experience, when on her first day on the set, the director asked Peter Cushing, “How do you want to kill her?” Of course, they were talking about the scene, which helps some.

3. Peter Cushing was charming as always.

It seems everyone who has worked with Cushing adores the man. When Carlson met him, he bowed and kissed the back of her hand. Frankenstein co-star Simon Ward said, “Peter Cushing was absolutely marvelous, and I don’t know what I would have done without him.”