The Curse Of Frankenstein Slot, Hammer Classic
The Curse Of Frankenstein became, in 1957, the second renowned film based on Mary Shelley’s Gothic tale of horror. The first was the 1931 Universal Pictures hit starring Boris Karloff, and it was simply titled Frankenstein. The Curse Of Frankenstein was, however, the first horror film made in colour by renowned British studio Hammer Film Productions. It launched Christopher Lee, after ten years as a prolific but under-noticed actor, as an instant horror star.
As a cult horror classic, The Curse Of Frankenstein also established Peter Cushing forever in the public mind as hubristic Dr Frankenstein, and Hazel Court as Elizabeth, his hapless fiancée. Slot developer Barcrest has wisely stuck rigidly to the classic film in its digital slots title The Curse Of Frankenstein, using stills and clips from the film, while importing other design elements faithfully from the original. For fans of classic Hammer Horror, this authenticity may make the game more special, despite its fairly standard features. The slot title can be played online and via mobile devices.
Imagery Plucked Straight from the Film
The five reels and 9 pay lines of The Curse Of Frankenstein are housed in a frame of metal rods and balls, the pay lines denoted with light bulbs, based on the famous resurrection device in the film. The reel frame is attached to the machine control panel, which houses the game controls and information buttons. In the background is Dr Frankenstein’s candle-lit laboratory, bathed in blood-red light. The portentous music enhances the authentic atmosphere, drawn straight from the tension-building strings of Hammer Horrors, and hitting sharp crescendos on wins.
The Curse Of Frankenstein slot uses only eight game symbols in total, apart from the Scatter, a satisfyingly small number making it easier to form winning combinations of three or more. Three poker symbols, Q, K and A, are rendered as bits of stitched-together limbs in gangrenous shades of purple, green and orange. All pay 10 credits for three of a kind, but the Q and K both win 40 credits for four matches and 160 for five, whereas the A wins 60 and 200 credits for the same respective combinations.
Photo real Characters and Actual Clips
The three mid-value symbols are the three star characters in The Curse Of Frankenstein: in ascending order of value Elizabeth, Dr Frankenstein and the Monster, represented by actual stills from the film. For five of a kind, they pay 240, 300 and 400 credits, respectively. Whenever they are involved in a win, these characters animate into brief film clips taken straight from the cult classic, an advantage of microprocessors that Barcrest exploits in several slots.
The film poster for The Curse Of Frankenstein is used as the slot’s highest ordinary icon, paying 1,000 coins for five matches. The Wild, simply the word Wild over the film’s life-sparking scene, has the usual substitution power for other symbols and also wins up to 10,000 credits; the last for combinations of five Wilds from Reel 1 on a pay line.
Standard Bonus Game Triggered by Scatter
The bonus game in The Curse Of Frankenstein will be familiar to many slots fans; a round of 10 free spins, triggered by three or more appearances of the Hammer Films logo anywhere, which is the Scatter. The backdrop switches to black-and-white for this round, and the player also wins a multiplier of the total spin bet, depending on how many Scatters they score.