Frankenstein

The man who made a monster.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 11 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: September 2, 2014
  • Originally Released: 1931
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: The Frankenstein files: how Hollywood made a monster
    • Feature commentary with film historian Rudy Behlmer
    • Frankenstein archives
    • Boo!: a short film
    • Theatrical trailer
  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English
    • Subtitles - English, French

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"It's alive! It's alive! It's alive! It's alive!...Now I know what it feels like to be God!"
  - Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) after creating the Monster

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 41,524
Rating: 5/5 -- Classic monster movie still electrifies. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Jan 1, 2011
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 Bête. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
Frankenstein's "it's alive!" moment has left more of an imprint upon science fiction and horror filmmaking than any other big-screen scene before or since. Full Review
Flicks.com.au
Jul 12, 2018
One of the most deservedly famous and chilling horror films of all time. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jun 5, 2007
The granddaddy of the horror genre...
Premiere
Dec 1, 2003
A complete reimagining of the Mary Shelley novel, Whale's version makes the monster an object of both terror and pity...
New York Times
Sep 26, 2006
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. Full Review
Variety
Sep 24, 2007

Product Description:

FRANKENSTEIN is James Whale's first stylish, expressionist film (INVISIBLE MAN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN) to grace the Universal horror cycle of the 1930s and 1940s (DRACULA, THE MUMMY). Scientist Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) and his hunchbacked assistant, Fritz (Dwight Frye), embark on an unholy mission by stealing a body from a graveyard and a human brain from a medical college. Unbeknownst to Frankenstein, however, Fritz takes a violent and murderous abnormal brain. Henry's strange letters about his experiments worry his fiancée, Elizabeth (Mae Clark), and friends Victor (John Boles) and Dr. Waldman (Edward Van Sloan). They arrive at Frankenstein's laboratory to find the spectacular scene of creation under way--and Frankenstein intoxicated with his own godlike power.

FRANKENSTEIN is in many ways the original horror classic, virtually creating the genre itself, leading to numerous sequels and myriad imitators. Whale's ability to give humanity to the Monster is one of the film's most stunning successes.

Plot Synopsis:

James Whale's trailblazing horror classic is loosely based on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's gothic novel and features Boris Karloff in the role that made him a star. Mad scientist Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) has an insane ambition to create life in his own image. Frankenstein and his hunchbacked assistant, Fritz (Dwight Frye), toil in his foreboding mountaintop laboratory using pillaged human brains and cadavers. With the terrible creation's success, Frankenstein must shield his fiancée, Elizabeth (Mae Clark), and friends from the Monster's (Boris Karloff) fiendish wrath. Will Frankenstein pay the ultimate price for playing God'

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Production Notes:

  • FRANKENSTEIN is number 87 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
  • FRANKENSTEIN was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991.
  • Bela Lugosi, star of DRACULA (1931), turned down the role of the Monster. Lugosi and Karloff later became costars in many of Universal's popular 1930s horror films. Lugosi did play the monster in FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN, opposite Lon Chaney Jr.
  • Boris Karloff, an Englishman, was born William Henry Pratt. Karloff was a stage name.
  • Certain previously censored and cut scenes, including the drowning of little Maria, were restored in 1987.
  • FRANKENSTEIN bears little resemblance to the novel on which it is based. Frankenstein is even given the wrong first name (in the book he is Victor Frankenstein, and his friend is Henry). More of the novel's plot is covered in the film's sequel BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.
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