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There have been films about Frankenstein since the Silent Era with Edison's Frankenstein in 1910 and now in 2015 Victor Frankenstein is ready to hit theaters proving there is no slowing down the story of Frankenstein. Written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in 1818, Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus has been influencing the culture for almost 200 years, I too plan on making my Frankenstein film in the near future. So here is my top 5 favorite Frankenstein films.
Directed by James Whale, 1931
No brainer here (no pun intended). This was my first horror film so I hold it very close to my black heart. The monster’s make-up created by Jack Pierce is so iconic and has influenced me more than anything. The first time I saw Karloff as the monster it stopped me right in my tracks. I didn’t know what I was seeing but I loved it. I knew there and there that I wanted to make monsters.
2) Bride of Frankenstein
Directed by James Whale, 1935
Sure it’s a better movie than the original. Once again Jack Pierce out did himself on the make-up for the Monster and his Bride. James Whale masterfully directed this groundbreaking film. It has a different tone than the original and I think it helps the sequel in so many ways. Bride added the comedic element that made the characters of Minnie and Dr. Pretorius fun and stand out.
3) Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Directed by Charles Barton, 1948
Now Boris Karloff is not in this one playing the monster, Glen Strange takes the role this time. You get a little bit of everything with this flick, Two of the best comedic actors of the time, Dracula with Bela Lugosi donning the cape again and Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolfman. This movie is a classic and a real fun one to watch anytime.
4) Son of Frankenstein
Directed by Rowland V. Lee, 1939
Karloff plays the Monster one more time but it’s Bela Lugosi who steals the show as Ygor. James Whale did not come back to direct Son of Frankenstein but Rowland Lee did a great job making this film feel more like the first film. It’s dark, the sets are killer and the movie is more about Dr. Frankenstein than the monster. Watch the Frankenstein films in order please.
5) Ghost of Frankenstein
Directed by Erie C. Kenton, 1942
What can I say I have a thing for the classics and Ghost of Frankenstein is a fun movie. Lon Chaney Jr. pays the Monster this time and Bela Lugosi is back as Ygor. This one is more “B” Movie than the other films but that’s what gives the film its charm. The acting comes off a bit cheesy and the look of the film is not as Gothic But it does have brain switching involved.
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