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, as Universal did. This entry in the franchise built on the mad scientist's, well, madness, making him even more gruesome...

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 stop and work on Dracula Has Risen from the Grave. The project was later picked up by Bert Batt and finished in December 1968. The script took a considerable amount of time when compared to Frankenstein’s first sequel which was written in less than 10 weeks.

2. Carlson had an interesting first day.

Veronica Carlson was no stranger to Hammer and starred in Dracula Has Risen from the Grave before dipping her toe into Franken-waters. Still, it was an experience playing in this frightening franchise. 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.

3. Peter Cushing was charming as always.

It seems everyone who has worked with Cushing adored him. 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.”