F is for ...It's another theme within a theme day today - F is for Frankenstein aka The Modern Promethius. It is the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Mary Shelley's book so I had no choice, of course. There are two monsters in the book, Frankenstein himself, arguable the more despicable and his creation. Since I'm all about movie monsters, here are some of my favourite adaptations of this great book which launched science fiction as a genre.
I'm going to give Frankenstein and overall scariness rating of 2 skulls, because it's not really about the horror at all. It's sci-fi and good sci-fi at that.
Boris Karloff's performance is so poignant and heart wrenching. It was the first time I realised that the monster isn't the real monster at all, he is just a victim of circumstance.
It's a great film.
His monster lives on, immortal and without a soul.
In this film there are demons and Gargoyles. The demons are the baddies and the Gargoyles are there to prevent them taking over the earth. The monster, Adam, declines to join them when they first save him in 1795, but in the modern day he has no choice by to take the demon threat seriously.
It's not the greatest piece of cinema ever written, but it's entertaining and has the epic part of horror down.
House of Frankenstein (1997)
A police detective (Adrian Pasdar) is trying to solve a series of strange murders. Of course a club owned by a vampire called 'House of Frankenstein' is at the centre of everything and Frankenstein's monster turning up looking for the vampire that killed his maker 200 years ago complicated the whole situation.
This is a ride from beginning to end :).
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
After being shunned by a human mob, Dracula set up Hotel Transylvania to keep his daughter, Mavis, safe and create a refuge for other monsters to visit. Monsters fear and hate humans for persecuting them and the hotel is protected from them ever finding it.
Only problem is, Mavis has never met a human and she really wants to explore their world.
Frank (Kevin James) is one of Dracula's best friends, and visit the hotel every year, shipped in bits via mail. This is a great film and the sequel is just as good too.
Victor Frankenstein (2015)
It's on my lost because is has James McAvoy (Victor) and Daniel Radcliffe (Igor). Professor X and Harry Potter in one movie, how could I not love it?
This is a story of the downfall of human nature when it falls into obsession, and the evil in humans, not monstrous creations.
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