Unsurpassed. The original monster movie. Ancient by this time (2012) yet it remains a well-told tale and an excellent movie. The stilted fake-British-accent style of the time doesn’t do it any favors, but the acting is superb and the horror remains effective.
Karloff is effective as the Monster, the “Modern Prometheus”, presenting a sympathetic if untamed and dangerous creature. Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolf Man — that Mount Olympus of monsters from the 1930s and 1940s. These were all old movies when I was a kid. And because the “public airwaves” were not contaminated with infomercials, television stations would show old movies to fill time, and it was wonderful. There were no DVDs or videotapes, so it was a Godsend to find an old monster movie or science fiction movie being shown, it really was.
Eventually the angry villagers with their pitchforks and torches quell the rampage until the next sequel. This original Frankenstein film is serious business. Not as scary or spooky as Son of Frankenstein or as gloriously goofy as Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man. But absolutely seminal, you must see this movie. At least once a year. Close to Halloween. Alone. In the dark.
Here is a list of the Frankenstein movies, shamelessly lifted directly from Wikipedia:
- Frankenstein (1931)
- Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
- Son of Frankenstein (1939)
- Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
- Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
- House of Frankenstein (1944)
- House of Dracula (1945)