Victor Frankenstein

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A re-imagining without the imagining, Victor Frankenstein plays at providing a fresh perspective on an oft-told tale, but ultimately offers little of interest that viewers haven't already seen in superior Frankenstein films.



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James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. (C) Fox

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James McAvoy
as Victor Frankenstein
Andrew Scott
as Roderick Turpin
Mark Gatiss
as Dettweiler
Charles Dance
as Baron Frankenstein
Freddie Fox
as Finnegan
Daniel Mays
as Barnaby
Valene Kane
as Mrs. Winthrop
Callum Turner
as Alistair
Bronson Webb
as Rafferty
Adam Bond
as Surgical Student
Adrian Schiller
as Dr. Clive
Spencer Wilding
as Nathaniel
Alistair Petrie
as Chief Inspector
Arti Shah
as Circus Performer
Christian Wolf-La'Moy
as Gentleman in Casino
Di Botcher
as Older Nun
Alida Pantone
as Circus Equine Girl
Barrie Martin
as Huntsman
Matthew John Morley
as Circus Worker
Yves O'Hara
as Circus Worker
Steve Saunders
as Lower Class Male
Adrian Palmer
as Livery Man
Ashley Hudson
as Lab Tech
James Michael Rankin
as Circus Worker/Firebreather
Francesca Bennett
as Circus Audience
Craig Goult
as Circus Worker
Sal Bolton
as Sick Patient/Circus Attendee
Chris Marchant
as Lab Technician
David Swift
as Bicycle Salesman
Bron James
as Doctor
Sipei Benson
as Circus Worker
Ant Henson
as Medical Student
Matt Tyzack
as Police Officer
Rufus White
as Birdyman
Edmund Sage-Green
as Surgical Student
Marc Alan Nicholson
as Wealthy Business Man
Henry McCook
as Policeman
Mel Blakey
as Tannery Man
Will Chambers
as Street Trader
Cera Rose Pickering
as Lorelai's Maid
John Burton
as Circus Face
Craig Walters
as Assistant Rat Catcher
Carolina Vella
as Poor Woman on Street
Peter Lidell
as Circus Face
Adam Roberts
as Policeman
Harley duMaurier
as Bookseller
Fiona Nunn
as Poor Woman
Suzanne Williams
as Woman in Casino
Kieran Jones
as Circus Performer
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Critic Reviews for Victor Frankenstein

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  • Worst film of the year? Possibly. Worst Frankenstein adaptation ever? Definitely (and considering that Aaron Eckhart's egregious 2014 action flop I, Frankenstein is also in the running, that's impressive).

    Dec 3, 2015 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Fantastically silly but enjoyable ...

    Dec 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • What in hell were the makers of this monstrosity thinking?

    Dec 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • McGuigan's visually vivid Victor Frankenstein races to its lightning-storm finish, running over the solid (if not electrifying) acting of McAvoy and Radcliffe.

    Nov 27, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • To avoid the accusation that it's an unnecessary remake of an oft-told story, screenwriter Max Landis has reduced Mary Shelly's cautionary tale to a bad comic book, bereft of soul and intelligence.

    Nov 26, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • "Victor Frankenstein" goes uphill ... for a bit before plummeting downhill fast.

    Nov 25, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Victor Frankenstein

Severely dull prologue to the creation of Frankenstein. The story line is so boring it makes you wonder why they invested so much money into it. The ending is a waste of time and proves this unambitious film had no real talent behind the scenes. I heard the director dissing the source material, talk about egg on face. Don't diss your film is out there and worthy, not this piece of terrible garbage. I've been going through backlog of movies and reviewing them all over again with dates but a film like this I cannot waste my time. 26-03-2018.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

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I can't believe it's been a week since my last review and the last film I watched, which was this. Some shit did go down, nothing serious in the slightest, hence why I didn't watch any movies this past week nor did I really feel inspired to write this review, even though I'm reviewing this a week from having watched it, so my memory might really even be that great to be honest. Maybe I'll keep it short for that very reason. Anyway, this probably isn't as bad of a movie as the trailers made it out to be. It's not like there's really anything all that great about the film, though I did like McAvoy's performance. He's not quite as unhinged or insane as Gene Wilder was in Young Frankenstein (which still remains one of my favorite comedic performances ever). Those are two completely different films covering two completely different genres. But, I digress, McAvoy does a good job here and Daniel Radcliffe is also fairly solid. Parts of this film, just stylistically, not necessarily thematically, remind me of Dracula Untold and even, slightly, Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It's just got that whole re-imagining of classic horror stories by adding, or at least attempting, to add some new twists. I think there's enough about the movie that differs from your typical Frankenstein adaptation. The movie isn't even really necessarily about Frankenstein building his 'monster' as much as it is about his tenuous friendship with his assistant, Igor, whom he saved from a life as an attraction at a circus, due to him being a hunchback. There's also the whole aspect of the film about Frankenstein's experiments being perceived, by Detective Turpin, as an affront to god and how it's morally wrong to perform such experiments. Really, the monster takes more of a backseat in this film. It's not that it's not an important part of the film or not important to Victor's reasons for wanting to succeed, it's just that the other stuff takes precedence over the monster itself. It's not what I would call a completely tonally consistent film, but it is what it is. Maybe the week off has me being nicer to this film, but this was perfectly decent little genre movie. It might not hit all its marks, but it's watchable by my standards. The third act is, unsurprisingly, a little goofy, given the fact that you finally get to see Frankenstein's monster. Again, like most of the film, it's not bad or anything, it's just a little sillier than the rest of the film, so it feels somewhat out of place. The special effects aren't great, there's this one scene with the reanimated chimp, where the chimp, who goes on a rampage, looks terrible. It just does. The rest is fairly minimal. I'm sure a some of it was used on the actual monster itself, but it also looks like a lot of practical make-up was also good. The make-up that is there, however, doesn't look great either. It's just a little too Play-doh to me. That's about it really. This does have a lot of flaws, particularly tonally, you're not really sure what it wants to be or what subplot is really meant to be the main arc, as it were, but it's a decent genre movie. If it ever comes on Netflix, then I'd say give it a shot. It's not awful, but I've seen a lot of worse. Like Dracula Untold. Fuck that movie.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

Monstrously stupid. Despite high production values, very nice costumes and a genuinely good performance by Radcliffe, this creature never should have been brought to life.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy star in Victor Frankenstein, an exciting new adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic work that explores the relationship between Dr. Frankenstein and his assistant Igor. After being rescued from a carnival and cured of his hunch by Victor, Igor goes to work for him and becomes fascinated by his quest to re-animate life; but Victor is plagued by demons from his past that threaten to destroy their work. It's an interesting take on Frankenstein lore that mixes different elements to create a unique vision. And, the visual aesthetic does a good job at giving the film a surrealistic tone. There are some weaknesses in the storytelling, but overall Victor Frankenstein is a thrilling re-imagining of a familiar tale.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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