Directed by: James Whale
Starring: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff
Frankenstein is quite possibly the best-made sci-fi/horror film in history. There’s almost nothing wrong with it, and it’s become such a classic that it’s become the synonymous visual to go along with the book it’s based on, despite departing from it’s source material in a lot of major ways. There have been a lot of Frankenstein movies since, but all they’re doing is trying to recapture the magic that turned out this masterpiece.
Dr. Victor Frankenstein is, in every sense of the word, a mad scientist. He believes he’s found a way to create life from death, thus proving man’s domination over creation. He and his assistant Igor steal corpses and stitch together a homonculus man, then bring it to life with intricate equipment to harness the power of lightning. Unfortunately, Igor picked up the abnormal brain of a murderer, and Frankenstein’s creation turns out to be a violent, speechless monster which terrorizes the countryside.
God damn, this is a good movie. By and far the best of the classic Universal monster movies, and it’s success is really the reason they made the rest of them (well, along with Dracula, which was also released that year). If you haven’t seen it, then you really, really should. Halloween is just around the corner, after all, and there are way worse movies you could be watching to celebrate…