Frankenstein

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Still unnerving to this day, Frankenstein adroitly explores the fine line between genius and madness, and features Boris Karloff's legendary, frightening performance as the monster.

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Release date: Nov 21, 1931

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"Frankenstein" is a film about a mad, obsessed scientist, Dr. Henry Frankenstein", who creates a monster, by taking body parts from dead people. Upon placing a brain inside the head of the monster, Henry and his assistant Fritz are amazed that the experiment is alive. When the monster mistakenly kills Maria, a young girl he meets down by the river, the town is up in arms and aims to bring the monster to justice. They find the monster and his creator in an old windmill, where the monster is attempting to kill his maker.

Cast

Colin Clive
as Henry Frankenstein
Boris Karloff
as The Monster
Mae Clarke
as Elizabeth
John Boles
as Victor Moritz
Edward Van Sloan
as Dr. Waldman
Frederick Kerr
as Baron Frankenstein
Lionel Belmore
as Herr Vogel, Burgomaster
Michael Mark
as Ludwig, Peasant Father
Marilyn Harris
as Maria, the Child
Arletta Duncan
as Bridesmaid
Pauline Moore
as Bridesmaid
Francis Ford
as Villager
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  • The most influential horror film ever made, this stark and stylish work has a weird fairytale beauty.

    October 20, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    November 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    October 7, 2008 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • 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.

    September 24, 2007 | Full Review…
  • One of the most deservedly famous and chilling horror films of all time.

    June 5, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Tom Milne

    Time Out
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