Freddie Francis

Freddie Francis – Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)

Synopsis:
Five strangers board a train and are joined by a mysterious fortune teller who offers to read their Tarot cards. Five separate stories unfold: An architect returns to his ancestral home to find a werewolf out for revenge; a doctor suspects his new wife is a vampire; an intelligent vine takes over a house; a jazz musician plagiarizes music from a voodoo ceremony; a pompous art critic is pursued by a disembodied hand. Read More »

Freddie Francis – Hysteria (1965)

Synopsis by Jason Ankeny
While visiting England, an American tourist (Robert Webber) is involved in an auto accident and suffers from amnesia. Upon his release from the hospital, he recuperates in a home paid for by a mysterious benefactor, where a dead body later appears in the shower. Read More »

Freddie Francis – The Evil of Frankenstein [+Extras] (1964)

Quote:
Penniless, Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing), accompanied by his eager assistant Hans (Sandor Elès), arrives at his family castle near the town of Karlstaad, vowing to continue his experiments in the creation of life. Fortuitously finding the creature he was previously working on, he brings it back to a semblance of life but requires the services of a mesmerist, Zoltan (Peter Woodthorpe), to successfully animate it. The greedy and vengeful Zoltan secretly sends the monster into town to steal gold and ‘punish’ the burgomaster and the chief of police, which acts lead to a violent confrontation between the baron and the townspeople. Read More »

Freddie Francis – Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly AKA Girly (1970)

Synopsis:
Sexy, teenaged, immature Girly and her camera-wielding brother Sonny bring home unsuspecting men to Mumsy and Nanny, where they play games, and if they don’t follow the rules, they’re sent to the angels. One day they bring home a New Friend who has a few ideas for games of his own, though, and he begins to turn the foursome against each other. Read More »

Freddie Francis – The Skull (1965)

From Allmovie:
Adapted from the Robert Bloch short story “The Skull of the Marquis de Sade,” this inventive gothic chiller from Amicus stars Peter Cushing as Professor Maitland, a collector obsessed with obtaining artifacts reputed to have occult powers — including the title object, believed to be from the crypt of the notorious French nobleman. Shortly after the Professor brings home his latest find, the skull begins making nightly rounds (the gliding camera peers through the eye sockets for the nifty “skull-cam” point-of-view shots) before eventally dominating Maitland’s will. Despite the potentially cheesy premise (which sounds better suited to a William Castle project), the film is remarkably subtle and spooky thanks to the deft hand of director Freddie Francis and an excellent performance from Cushing. Read More »