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The Classic: Universal’s Frankenstein, the Original
How many of us have read the book? Most of us are familiar with Frankenstein’s monster from the classic 1931 horror movie made by Universal Studios with famous horror actor, Boris Karloff.
Every October our local theater features the Universal Monster movies, so we get to see them annually. I’m always impressed with how well done the effects are, waaaay before our beloved CGI.
It is available on Amazon Instant Video, and is probably available at your local library for rental.
The best choice is the Classic Monsters Spotlight Collection from Universal Studio’s 100th Anniversary with Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, and the Creature from Black Lagoon.
Based on the Book: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Movie
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was made in 1994 starring Robert Deniro as Frankenstein’s monster with Kenneth Branagh directing and also playing a dying Dr. Viktor Frankenstein who regales his horrific tale to a sea captain (Aidan Quinn).
As a medical student under a brilliant scientist (John Cleese) Viktor Frankenstein yearns to bring a man to life. He is successful in bringing the creature to life with body parts from corpses but can’t face his creation so he abandons it and tries to go on with his life with fiancée (and adopted sister), Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter). The monster can’t face his lonely existence so he tracks down Frankenstein to make him produce a bride – or exact revenge.
This movie was was produced by Francis Ford Coppola, who previously directed and produced Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992.
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Even with the big name actors, director and producer only 53% say they liked the movie on Rotten Tomatoes.
The ROFL Hilariously Funny: Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein is a fantastic spoof made by the incomparable Mel Brooks, featuring the comedic talent of Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman – just to mention a few.
A neurosurgeon inherits his grandfather’s castle and discovers Dr. Frankenstein’s journal so he decides to try the experiments himself – with funny and often raunchy results.
This movie is absolutely hilarious but has adult content – not intended for children.
The Heartwarming Family Version: Frankenweenie
Frankenweenie is written, directed and produced by horror master Tim Burton.
It is a story about a boy’s love for his dog through and through. When Victor loses his beloved dog Sparky, he uses science to bring him back. However, keeping him from the neighbors proves more difficult than bringing him back to life!
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Terrifying: Frankenstein’s Army – the Nazi Silent Hill
July 2013 the movie Frankenstein’s Army came out in limited release to theaters, and is available on DVD or as Amazon Instant Video now.
During World War II Russian soldiers stumble across a secret Nazi lab that has begun experimenting with Dr. Frankenstein’s journal. They assembled an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades. Will Frankenstein’s army prevail and change history forever?
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Frankenstein the Superhero: I, Frankenstein
I, Frankenstein stars Aaron Eckhart as Frankenstein’s Monster and Bill Nighy as a villainous angel, based on the Dark Horse graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux.
Now with a name – Adam – Frankenstein’s 200 year old monster has survived into a dystopic version of our present where gargoyles and demons battle to discover the secret to his immortality. It is said that classic horror monsters Dracula, the Invisible Man and the Hunchback of Notre Dame all help Adam save mankind.
Here’s the trailer :
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Frankenstein Movies Headed Our Way
In 2015 a re-envisioned Frankenstein movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as the hunchback Igor (who isn’t in the Mary Shelley version) as the creator of the monster and James McAvoy as Dr. Frankenstein hits theatres.
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