Frankenstein Overview:

Frankenstein (1931) was a Horror - Science Fiction Film directed by James Whale and produced by Carl Laemmle Jr. and E.M. Asher.

The film was based on the novel Frankenstein (aka The Modern Prometheus) written by Mary Shelley published in 1818.

Frankenstein was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.

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FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY On Blu-ray From Shout Factory

By Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 5, 2020 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

In June of 2017, I wrote a blog post on the 1973 film FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY, which was made by Universal Studios for American television. That post was inspired by Sam Irvin's encyclopedic article on the movie for issue #38 of LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS magazine. FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY i... Read full article

For The Love Of Crap – Dracula Vs Frankenstein (1971)

By Michael on Oct 25, 2019 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

I would call Al Adamson’s 1971 movie Dracula vs Frankenstein a guilty pleasure, but the truth is, I really don’t feel that guilty about loving it. No, I’m not going to try to make the case that DvF belongs in the horror flick pantheon alongside such movies as Universal’s orig... Read full article

HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN On Blu-ray From Shout Factory

By Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 31, 2019 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

Shout Factory's series of Region A Hammer releases carries on with HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN (1970). This movie is the product of one of Hammer's most quizzical production decisions. By 1970 the company had made five Frankenstein features starring Peter Cushing. The latest film in the series was the b... Read full article

Frankenstein (1910, J. Searle Dawley)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 21, 2018 From The Stop Button

In its opening title card, Frankenstein warns it will be a liberal adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel. It?s only going to be sixteen minutes after all. But Frankenstein hits most of the big events?it opens with Frankenstein (Augustus Phillips) leaving for university, where he becomes obsessed with... Read full article

Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster (1966)

By Beatrice on Oct 9, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster? Directed by Robert Gaffney Written by George Garrett 1960/USA Futurama Entertainment Corp./Vernon-Seneca Films First viewing/Netflix rental I was looking for something to cheer me up. ?WINNER! Story starts out looking like your typical “Mars Needs Women... Read full article

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Quotes from

Henry Frankenstein: Look! It's moving. It's alive. It's alive... It's alive, it's moving, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, IT'S ALIVE!
Victor Moritz: Henry - In the name of God!
Henry Frankenstein: Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to be God!

Henry Frankenstein: Dangerous? Poor old Waldman. Have you never wanted to do anything that was dangerous? Where should we be if no one tried to find out what lies beyond? Have your never wanted to look beyond the clouds and the stars, or to know what causes the trees to bud? And what changes the darkness into light? But if you talk like that, people call you crazy. Well, if I could discover just one of these things, what eternity is, for example, I wouldn't care if they did think I was crazy.

Henry Frankenstein: [after screaming is heard] It's Elizabeth!

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Facts about

Carl Laemmle Jr. offered James Whale a list of 30+ film adaptations he could direct and Whale picked this one. Whale said he did so because he wanted to get away from the war pictures with which he had so far been associated. Ironically, Whale is now, by far, best-remembered for his four horror films.
Some of the sets had originally been constructed for Paul Leni's The Cat and the Canary which Universal had produced four years earlier.
John Carradine, who later played Dracula in the Universal horror films, once claimed he was considered for the role of the Monster.
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Released 1931
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