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Critic Reviews for Frankenstein
It's too much to ask that a century-old movie should still be even marginally "scary", but... [it's] is still impressively able to be unsettling and creepy.
As with many long-sought-after titles, the film does not live up to heady expectations. However, it is an important film from a historic viewpoint.
Audience Reviews for Frankenstein
Of course, since Mary Shelley never specified how Frankenstein's monster was created it is interesting to see the way this film crew envisions it. In a big cauldron, the student Frankenstein forms the hideous creature out of fire. Charles Ogle's makeup looks pretty wild, but scene after scene is so static with bland sets, histrionic actors, and oversimplified title cards advancing the bare bones plot.
I just watched this on youtube. For the beginning the lighting was so light I couldn't hardly tell what was going on. But I loved the creation of the monster scene, it's real creepy and amazing, so I give the movie two of its stars just for that. The story is short and simple, and the actors tell it fine without any intertitles for dialogue. Overall, a cool movie, but it could've been better, especially the ending.
So this was the original adaption of that novel - meh. Some of the mirror shots were nice, but the tinting seemed pointless, and the ending is stupid and accomplishes nothing.
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