Some of the adaptations brought to the big screen of the character created by Mary Shelley.
El Frankenstein de Mary Shelley (1797-1851) –Frankenstein or the modern Prometheus– is one of the most revolutionary gothic novels ever written, which practically spawned the science fiction genre as the world knows it today. Since the film’s earliest days, the concept of a scientist bringing the dead back to life has been the subject of many adaptations, all thanks to the terrifying story of the British writer, playwright, essayist and biographer.
Shelley was the daughter of the feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft and the poet and philosopher William Goldwin, she was one of the most important figures in modern English literature, as she stood out in the genres of essays, novels, articles and dramaturgy. Shelley is known for her pioneering work of science fiction and in his famous novel he talks about the human condition, its frivolity and its misery. This chilling story has inspired novels, plays, comics, series, and movies. Next, we share nine film adaptations of Frankenstein:
A scientist creates a living being from different parts of corpses. However, the brain in life belonged to a criminal, so it only knows hatred and horror. The lives of the protagonists are in danger. Produced by Universal Pictures and directed by James Whale, is an adaptation of the play directed by Peggy Webling. This movie positioned the character and horror genre in popular culture as we know it. Star it Boris Kaloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, and John Boles.
The bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Sequel to the first adaptation, directed by himself James Whale and starring Boris Kaloff, Colin Clive y Elsa Lanchester. The story revolves around the stormy night in which Percy Bysse Shelley, Mary Shelley’s husband, and Lord Byron discuss the work with her, and she responds that it does not end there, since they create a similar creature, but in its female version. Karloff’s creature is more poignant than ever as he learns to speak and tries to make friends, but only manages to wreak havoc. Ernest Thesiger joins the cast as Doctor Pretorius who convinces the Baron to build a bride for his lonely monster. Lanchester plays the partner with a hairstyle that resembles a lightning bolt, in addition to appearing as Shelley in the film’s literary prologue.
The curse of Frankenstein (The curse of Frankestein) (1957)
It was the studio’s first color film Hammer Productions. The script was written by Jimmy Sangster and is the first of seven films he made. Terence Fisher Inspired by Mary Shelley’s book. The premise is about a baron surnamed Frankenstein who challenges God by giving life to a being from many corpses, but ends up in prison for the series of crimes committed by his creation. This version adds a bloody color and restores the mad scientist to the center of the story named after him (with a new creature for each sequel). Peter Cushing relishes his career role as the sociopathic dandy whose passion for science overrides all moral considerations, while Christopher Lee conveys the creature’s dire situation through body language only. Critics found it “depressing and demeaning,” but the film was a huge success and spawned six sequels, five of them starring Cushing, whose baron became increasingly arrogant and amoral with each film. Rounding out the cast: Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart.
Frankenstein created woman (1967)
Peter Cushing it is his usual magnificent self as the bright but bitter Frankenstein, for whom sewing body parts has lost its magic. Instead, he decides to transfer the soul of the wrongfully executed Hans to the corpse of the young man’s disfigured girlfriend, who drowned after his death. Terence Fisher evokes his usual dark fairy tale atmosphere in one of Hammer’s best Frankenstein sequels. The baron’s arrogance is hilarious, as his beautiful creature sets out to seduce and murder the upper-class criminals responsible for Hans’s death, you can’t help but cheer her up.
Flesh for Frankenstein (Meat for Frankenstein O Frankenstein by Andy Warhol) (1973)
Film written and directed by Paul Morrissey. The interiors were filmed at Cinecittà in Rome by a team of Italian filmmakers. Baron Von Frankenstein neglects his duties towards his wife / sister Katrin as he is obsessed with creating a perfect Serbian race to obey his orders, starting with assembling a perfect man and woman from corpse parts. The doctor’s sublimation of his sexual urges by his powerful drive for domination is shown as he uses the surgical wounds of his female creation to satisfy his lust. Frankenstein is dissatisfied with the inadequate reproductive drives of his current male creation and seeks a head donor with a higher libido. He was rated X by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association) due to his explicit sexuality and violence. It is starring Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Dalila Di Lazzaro.
Young frankenstein (1974)
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, who struggles to prove that his grandfather was not as crazy as people think, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a corpse. Mel Brooks’ comical imitation of Universal’s old horror movies is their funniest movie, but it also enchants in its own right as a black and white fairy tale. Director: Mel Brooks. List: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman.
Frankenstein de Mary Shelley (1994)
Maybe Robert De Niro may not be the first choice one considers when playing Frankenstein’s monster, but he gives a great performance in the movie of Kenneth Branagh. While its appearance may be a bit more excessive than what the book describes, it certainly fits the role. Rendering and performance are considered the most accurate versions of a book out there, and that’s certainly true to some degree. What wins the recognition of De Niro’s version is the attention to the most emotional and complex elements of the character expressed in the text. The cast completes it Tom Hulce, Helena Bohman Carter and Kenneth Branagh himself.
Why not? From the hand of the talented Tim Burton, this animation made with the technique of stop motion portrays the story of Victor and his dog Sparky, who dies in an accident. In desperation to get his friend back, Victor brings him back from death at a heavy price. Without neglecting the main formula of the story, Burton produced an innovative and tender film.
I, Frankenstein (2014)
Many of the Frankenstein adaptations received poor critical ratings. Story featuring superhuman creatures, demons, gargoyles, and reanimated corpses. At least Aaron Eckhart looks good with scars. Director: Stuart Beattie. List: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto.
Victor Frankenstein (2015)
If there’s one thing that Frankenstein’s monster shouldn’t be, it’s attractive, at least in the physical sense. The film is told from Igor’s perspective to learn about the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor von Frankenstein; history reveals the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man and legend we know today. Direction: Paul McGuigan. List: James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe.