Frankenstein Reviews

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October 20, 2016
The most influential horror film ever made, this stark and stylish work has a weird fairytale beauty.
November 16, 2014
James Whale has done a great job in his direction. This is not an easy thing to direct -- just how far to go in playing upon an audience's credulity, it's sympathy, it's nerves. Whale seems to have gone far enough, but not too far.
October 7, 2008
[Whale] did it in the Grand Guignol manner, with as many queer sounds, dark corners, false faces and cellar stairs as could possibly be inserted.
September 24, 2007
Maximum of stimulating shock is there, but the thing is handled with subtle change of pace and shift of tempo that keeps attention absorbed to a high voltage climax.
June 5, 2007
One of the most deservedly famous and chilling horror films of all time.
January 26, 2006
The film is unique in Whale's work in that the horror is played absolutely straight, and it has a weird fairytale beauty not matched until Cocteau made La Belle et la Bte.
July 13, 2018
Frankenstein's "it's alive!" moment has left more of an imprint upon science fiction and horror filmmaking than any other big-screen scene before or since.
October 23, 2014
Another undisputed classic from the mind of James Whale.
October 7, 2013
Shocking in its day and still a genuinely creepy experience, director James Whale's primitive yet enthralling interpretation of Mary Shelley's classic tale of man playing God is the most influential genre movie ever made.
November 4, 2012
...a watchable yet consistently uneven horror flick that feels long even at 70 minutes...
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