Monday, 3 February 2014

I, Frankenstein review out tomorrow

Our I, Frankenstein review is out tomorrow, but I thought I would quickly share our little advertisements here, just to illustrate some of the famous depictions of Frankenstein's Monster over cinema history.

The top picture is from the Monsters first ever cinema outing in 1910. Directed by J. Searle Dawley, this 16-minute silent film aimed to focus on Frankenstein's psychological damage through making the Monster, as opposed to horror that has dominated many later adaptations. Thought lost for many years, it was re-discovered in the mid 1970's, and you can watch the full film on YouTube here. In this version, the Monster, played by Charles Ogle, looks dramatically different from what we know him as now; with dark demented eyes, straggly limbs, wild unkempt hair and bandages and rags as clothes, he reminds me somewhat of a bedraggled Noh actor.

The bottom picture is one you should hopefully all know, Boris Karloff in Jack Pierce's iconic make-up for the 1931 James Whale film. With his green skin, bolts in his neck and flat head, this Monster propelled Mary Shelley's story from Gothic baddie to Hollywood mega star, with there to date being at least 31 Frankenstein movies. Also, Boris Karloff as the the Monster is the only person to have appeared on an American stamp twice.

So listen out for our I, Frankenstein review tomorrow, and let us know which version of the Monster you love the most.


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