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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein (1931) Universal's follow up to Dracula shook the foundations of horror with one of the most interesting of creations. Boris Karloff's portrayal of the innocent creature thrust into a world he did not understand is still the gold standard of the sympathetic monster. Now Karloff's performance and the monster make-up created by the legendary artist Jack Pierce may be the most memorable elements of the movie but I will always have a soft spot for Colin Clive's tortured Dr. Henry Frankenstein as this may be the only movie that has a mad scientist driven sane by his creation.

Things I love
• Frankenstein’s laboratory which is the basis of every mad scientist’s lab since.
• “Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to be God!”
• The Creature reaching up for the sun.
• The Creature actually never murders anyone as the death of Fritz and Dr. Waldman could be labeled manslaughter and self defense and the poor death of little Maria accidental.
• Insta-Mob!

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