PICTURE OF THE DAY: THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957) – Deleted Scene
Here’s a picture of the rotting severed head, in a scene cut from THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957), the Hammer classic that made international stars out of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
The photo on the right shows Cushing as Baron Victor Frankenstein holding the head from the body he’d recently robbed from a gibbet, the body of a highwayman who’d been terrifying the countryside. Earlier, when Victor Frankenstein examines the body, he laments that he can’t use the head, since the birds had pecked away at it, making it unsuitable for his new creation. So, Victor cuts the head off and then disposes of it in his vat of acid.
When Victor cuts off the head, the action occurs off-camera, as the scene switches to his assistant Paul’s (Robert Urquhart) squeamish face, and later, when Victor drops the head into the acid vat, that also occurs off camera with another cutaway to Paul. In fact, you never see this head/face in the movie.
I’ve seen this photo tons of times, and it’s been in existence my whole life, but as far as I know, this scene has never appeared in the movie, at least not here in the United States. Perhaps it made it into the initial theatrical release in 1957, I don’t know, but for as long as I’ve been watching it, first on TV back in the 1970s, then on VHS, DVD, and now Blu-Ray, I’ve never seen this sequence.
Does it exist in other countries, I wonder? Anyone know?
Looking at the photo now, it looks rather fake, but it was all so gruesome back in 1957.
This photo comes to us courtesy of the UK Peter Cushing Appreciation Society, where I found it online at http://petercushingblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/acid-bath-head-peter-cushing-curse-of.html.
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