#59 Frankenstein (1931)

Horror film fanatics, it must be your lucky day because here’s another classic horror film that will have you screaming “It’s alive!!!!!” by the end of the movie. Based on the Mary Shelley story, Frankenstein, a mad scientist decides to create life in the form of a giant, grotesque-looking man without knowing that he would wreak havoc on all those around him.

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Behold! Everyone’s favorite Halloween costume! And just to set the record straight- Frankenstein is the name of the scientist. Not the monster. Universal Studio’s Dracula practically saved the studio as the film became such a huge financial success that Carl Laemmle Jr. decided to bring in more horror stories such as Mary Shelley’s. The part of The Monster was offered to Bela Lugosi but turned it down when he read the original script about how the monster was just pure evil without any emotion whatsoever. He felt he would have been more like a “scarecrow” than a star. Plus, he didn’t agree with the makeup design and hoped they would have offered him the part of Frankenstein instead of The Monster. Do you believe Bela Lugosi made the right choice?

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So if you were face to face with The Monster, would you run and hide? I mean, how can you not? He’s taller than a basketball player, those neck tubes, the flat-topped head, stitched up hands. I love how suspenseful the creation of The Monster is how first it starts in which The Monster rises up to the skylight, gets electrocuted, and then lowered down to show the birth of man the way you save an patient whose heart stops beating with a defibrillator. In a spiritual sense, it’s like G-d gave this experiment life instead of Frankenstein. The most memorable scene in the film that stood out to me from the rest was when The Monster befriends a little girl as she’s picking flowers only to accidentally drown her. This brings me to a debate topic- is The Monster really a monster or just an innocent man who’s unaware of how the world works?  Just like when you train a new puppy and he/she causes trouble, is that cause to be labeled as evil?

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2 thoughts on “#59 Frankenstein (1931)

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