Review: An obsessed scientist, Dr, Henry Frankenstein, creates a monster from parts of exhumed corpses.
Director: James Whale
Actors: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan, Frederick Kerr, Dwight Frye, Lionel Belmore and Marilyn Harris
Genre: Classics, Drama, Fantasy, Horror and Sci-Fi
Based on Mary Shelley’s novel, which she wrote when she was only 19 years old, which in itself is terrifying. The novel has endlessly been adapted and reinterpreted on screen. Other Frankenstein adaptations have been The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and also Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994). Although there are others I could name. Totally shocking for its era but definitely still worth watching in this current day. When this film came out it was technically not conceived as a “horror” movie, since the term “horror” as a film genre was first used in 1934. A film that is very well directed for its day. The cast were all exceptional considering they didn’t have that much material to work with. Boris Karloff was not invited to the premier of this film on December 6th as he was considered to be such an anonymous actor. His make-up took four hours each day to apply and his costume weighed 48 pounds in the uncomfortable heat of the summer. It is an incredibly tense film. At the beginning of 2012 the late Barry Norman produced a list in The Radio Times of the Greatest 100 Films of all Time and this was listed as one of the films.