Sunday, October 17, 2010

Frankenstein (1931)

Director: James Whale

Starring: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A Monster Science Created - But Could Not Destroy!

Plot: Dr. Frankenstein creates a monster from various posthumous 'donors' and combines them into a massive creature, to whom he wishes to bestow life. The movie centers on this monster and his struggle in this 'life after death'.

My rating: 9/10

Will I watch it again? YES!

There's not much to say about this fantastic flick that hasn't been said. At nearly 80 years old, it's still one of the greatest horror films ever made and it kicks the shit out of DRACULA that came out the same year. Why is that? It moves. DRACULA is stagy and sometimes stale. I still like it but FRANKENSTEIN has cameras that move, actors that move, passionate performances, KILLER sets and props, and the village exterior set looks so good I want to move right in. I know it's on the studio's back lot but it's so inviting.

It's a remarkable piece of film and it sure would be something to go back in time and see this on the big screen as a 10 year old boy. That'd be Earth-shattering; much like I think it would to see KING KONG then at that age. Goose bumps and nightmares for months. The great thing is, as good as FRANKENSTEIN is, the sequel is even better. James Whale, I love tongues.

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