Directed by James Whale
Frankenstein was SO MUCH BETTER than the last two movies in this little Movie Project I have begun. I was beginning to think I’d made a really bad choice on which movie list to follow, but alas – finally, we have a decent move!
If you haven’t at least heard of Frankenstein, I’d be pretty surprised. He’s practically a Halloween monster icon. (I conjure up his image every time I hear the Monster Mash song.) But do you know of his origins? I thought I did since I’d read Mary Shelly’s version, but this was a bit different. And visual – a lot more so than I expected from a movie made in the 1930’s.
The storyline in a nutshell:
Mad doctor makes monster by sewing together corpse parts and electrifying him. Monster proves himself villainous and escapes. He engages in more wicked deeds while going after his creator. The enraged townsfolk hunt him down… and I don’t want to spoil it for you if you haven’t seen it so I’ll stop there. That’s a pretty loose retelling of it.
As aforementioned, I genuinely enjoyed this movie. (It’s my first viewing of any version of Frankenstein.) I’m not a huge fan of the horror genre so I was a little surprised by my enjoyment. It was full of suspense and rather believable. I enjoyed the acting style much more in this one than King Kong and can’t nitpick any of the character’s behavior. The monster acted the way a monster would. The response he got seemed completely plausible. The set was well chosen and there were only a few places I could tell where it was shot in a studio. (The acoustics gave it away for sure.) I think this was really well done for a horror movie made almost 100 years ago. I’m truly impressed. Do I want to watch it again? Nope – but now I’ll get the cultural references a lot quicker.
I could go into the whole psychological aspect of Frankenstein and if he would have behaved differently if he’d been treated better – but that’s more of a human nature discussion, I think. So, I’ll leave it alone.
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