PLOT: The classic Universal Pictures adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror novel. An obsessed scientist tries to create life and loses control of his creation.

Some films are classic for a reason. Frankenstein is a fantastic movie, though admittedly, some things do not tend to hold up that well after 85 years. This is a first watch for me, and while I really appreciated a lot of this film, it tends to drag in the middle. I came to realize that, besides the famous scene in which Frankenstein creates life, I didn’t know much about the plot. There’s a lot about a wedding between Henry Frankenstein and Elizabeth, which kind of drags the film down a bit in the second act. Otherwise, I still appreciate this film and anyone that loves horror films should check this out. There’s really not much more to say.

 

 

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Obviously, there isn’t any gore in this film; it was made in 1931, so the sensibilities of the time would prevent that.

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Gore Rating: 0 out of 5

 

 

scares

It’s not really that scary. The Creature is a bit of a tragic character in this one, and in terms of the Universal Pictures classic horror films, I think there are scarier movies to be seen.

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Scare Rating: 0 out of 5

 

 

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No.

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Sex/Nudity Rating: 0 out of 5

 

 

OVERALL

This is an absolute classic, though it doesn’t exactly scare the likes of the current audience. It’s great to see such iconic scenes like the creation scene and to see Boris Karloff in full Creature makeup. Most horror aficionados would actually consider the sequel, The Bride of Frankenstein, to be a superior film; I haven’t seen that one, so I can’t comment, but you cannot argue the classic status of this one.

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Overall Rating: 7 out of 10

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