31 Days of Halloween! #15. Frankenstein

I’m counting down my favorite 31 Horror Movies of all time. Every day this month I’ll feature one movie from my list – starting on Oct 1st with #31 and ending  on the Oct 31st, Halloween, with my #1 favorite scary movie.




#15. Frankenstein (1931)

Directed by: James Whale

Starring: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Boris Karloff

Plot: Henry Frankenstein is a brilliant scientist who has been conducting experiments on the re-animation of lifeless bodies. He has conducted experiments on small animals and is now ready to create life in a man he has assembled from body parts he has been collecting from various sites such as graveyards or the gallows. His fiancée Elizabeth and friend Victor Moritz are worried about his health as he spends far too many hours in his laboratory on his experiments. He’s successful and the creature he’s made come to life is gentle but clearly afraid of fire. Henry’s father, Baron Frankenstein, bring his son to his senses and Henry agrees that the monster should be humanely destroyed. Before they can do so however, the monster escapes and in its innocence, kills a little girl. The villagers rise up intent on destroying the murdering creature

My Thoughts

Frankenstein, along with its companion piece Dracula,officially kicked off the golden age of Horror movies and pretty much set the scene for how things were done in the genre for the next 25 to 30 years (until Hammer started to shake things up overseas with their own adaptions of Shelly’s and Stoker’s respective novels). Steeped in a heavy Gothic aura, Frankenstein  is a masterful film that plays on our fear of death and dying. It is a tragic tale of a man who didn’t ask to be reborn. He longs for companionship and love but finds only hatred and fear. The best scene? The scene at the lake when The Monster finds the little girl and picks flowers with her. This could have come across as pretty goofy if not for Karloff’s acting and skill in making us feel for The Monster. We still care about him and are still on his side, even after he tosses the little girl in the lake, because we know under that dead green flesh is a kind heart.


One response to “31 Days of Halloween! #15. Frankenstein

  1. Pingback: 31 Days of Halloween! Recap | the mandelbrot set

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