I get that some changes have to be made such as having the monster walk slowly to build suspense. Why would they change Victor's name to Henry and give another random, flat, and useless character the name Victor? Why wasn't there a scene with the cottagers? Including a scene like this would be the perfect way to show the creature's humanity.
Why doesn't Frankenstein REALLY feel the guilt of the people the creature murdered? Why doesn't Frankenstein die and suffer the consequences of his actions? You think that getting thrown off of a 60 ft. windmill would be a perfect opportunity to have him die.
My biggest complaint about the movie is that the creature is never more than a creature. He's just a grumbling moron with an abnormal brain for the entire film. Even the famous scene with Maria just turns out to be very shallow and contradictory to the rest of the creature's actions. Why would the creature show humanity towards the innocent maria and not Elizabeth?
Anyone who thinks this movie is good or tries to justify why this movie isn't good because it "progressed the genre" is just being a film snob who goes along with what other "experts" are saying. Before getting upset and my rating, remember that "a dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it" (G.K. Chesterton).
Intense, very scary story of mad doctor creating life with troubling results; he escapes as is announced a monster. Intelligent, ingeniously effective. Boris Karloff outstanding as the monster. If only it had a musical score. Sequel: BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.
Other than that, I liked it.