Welcome to this week's Monster Monday - for the run up to Halloween I am doing classic monsters and today I have chosen the classicest (yes, that is a word - well it is now ;)) monsters of them all: Frankenstein and his monster.
Monster Mondays posts may be fiction, film reviews, book reviews or me waxing lyrical about a particular monster. Monsters can be paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy or even simply human. So basically, anything monster goes. I also invite anyone who would like to, to join in with their own post. (See end for details).
Frankenstein and his Monster - The Classic
The most classic of all monsters has to be Frankenstein's hideous creature, since he is even called a monster in most modern references. Of course the ironic thing about the creature is, he isn't really the greatest monster, Frankenstein is for rejecting his creation in the first place. Imagine how differently the story might have turned out had creator taken time to help and nurture his creation.
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The novel is about the young Victor Von Frankenstein, who, following the death of his mother, develops a technique to impart life to non-living matter. He builds his creature from various parts of cadavers and then brings it to life using his technique. Unfortunately he finds his own creation hideous and runs away, only to be pursued by the creature. Alone and causing terror wherever he is seen the creature becomes murderous, killing in revenge and then demanding his creator make him a mate so he will stop. Of course everything ends in tragedy.
Here is where I have to admit I've never read the book and, of the film adaptations, I only actually really enjoy two of them. I know, this is sacrilege for a horror and sci-fi fan, but I'm just not overly grabbed by the whole story. I prefer my horror more supernatural.
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Parts of it don't really make sense and it's more than a little predictable, but I found it really entertaining. Well worth a watch.
Frankenstein is undoubtedly a classic and deserves is place as such. It weaves gothic horror with science fiction and should be praised for that alone. Thanks to the 1931 film the image of the creature is iconic and appears in cartoons, films, television, toys and even cereal boxes. Frankenstein's monster is the monster at the top of the list when most people think the word "monster" and he deserves his place.
Which is your favourite incarnation of Frankenstein and his monster, the book, the 1931 film, Hotel Transylvania, The Monster Squad etc ?
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