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Frankenstein (1931)

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Frankenstein (1931)


Colin Clive
Mae Clarke
John Boles
Boris Karloff

Directed by James Whale

Distributed by Universal Pictures

Frankenstein is a 1931 horror flick that has grown to be a somewhat horror classic. The movie is based on a book adaption of the same name that was written in 1818 by Mary Shelley.

The monster Frankenstein was played by Boris Karloff, although at the time of release universal pictures kept the name of the actor who will play the monster secret to make the suspense grow. Many thinking it would be played by Bela Lugosi the Dracula star.

The fun thing about this movie’s production for me and pardon me please, is the facts behind it,
1.       Kenneth Strickfaden who designed the electrical effects used in creating the monster has come to be referred to in fan circles as "Strickfadens." It appears that Strickfaden managed to secure the use of at least one Tesla Coil built by the then-aged Nikola Tesla himself.

2.       Jack Pierce was the makeup artist who designed the now-iconic "flat head" look for Karloff's monster.

3.       Many don’t know unless you have seen this movie or read the book that Frankenstein was the name of the scientist that created the monster, the monster was not named, but many started calling him Frankenstein and that later became the monster’s adopted name.

This movie would have been scary in the time it was made as sound only came to the silver screen in 1927, and then a movie about monsters came out four years after, that will scare some.

The movie plot is about Henry Frankenstein who wanted to create life, he finally achieved this by using science and dead body parts from different corpses.

After all the parts have been bound together to make a full body human like form, Frankenstein passed the body through his equipments and then the famous lines were delivered.

"It's alive! It's alive!"
"Now I know what it feels like to be God!"

This movie is a classic true and true; it holds a 100% "Fresh" rating on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.

Times have changed CGI is now available to cover up for Makeup and art, so when watching this movie be ready to see true art, this movie is perfect and won’t change a thing about it.

Frankenstein was followed by enough sequels, and later Bela Lugosi got to play the monster when his career hit the rocks.

The movies first sequel Bride of Frankenstein was released in 1935, in which Elsa Lanchester plays the Monster's bride.


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