Friday, May 1, 2009

Frankenstein (1931)

5 / 5
Tagline: A Monster Science Created - But Could Not Destroy!
Directed by: James Whale
Written by: Mary Shelley, Peggy Webling
Actors Include: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke
Genre: Horror, Drama
Length: 71 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

So after being blown away by the original Dracula it only made sense to watch the original Frankenstein. I was yet again blown away, although I do prefer Dracula by a smidgen. This Frankenstein is extremely atmospheric, the black and white combination works fantastically for adding the shadows and eerie nature required for such a film. What is so unexpected are the morality issues and the innocence explored with the actual monster, it's absolutely fascinating. It's also an extremely well written story and it's easy to understand yet very powerful and interesting. I was surprised that it actually did go into murder, (which was an unexpected candidate to say the least) but somehow still it showed humanity. It was also fascinating and every last detail seems so careful. There is even a bit of comedic relief as every person in the movie is definitely a character. Boris is of course the epitome of Frankenstein, lovely tall and brooding and misunderstood. This one isn't quite as scary as Dracula which is where it's not quite as amazing but considering it's actually extremely effective as a horror movie. Definitely one not to miss or to put off, the time just flies by and I was left craving more when it was over.

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