Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
We knew we had to go back in time for Wickedly Way back Wednesday, but I never thought I would be heading back to 1910. The Edison Kinetogram version of Frankenstein was the first film adaptation of Mary Shelly’s story. This silent film was also a short but its age fit better here.
I’ll keep this short since we all pretty much know this story.
A man, Victor Frankenstein (Augustus Phillips), leaves home to further his education. In the process he learns something incredible, how to create life. He then plans on utilizing what he’s learned to create the perfect human. Unfortunately for him, his work backfires and he creates a monster instead. The Monster (Charles Ogle), after being abandoned by his creator, then torments Frankenstein, even following him to his family home. However, Frankenstein continues to push The Monster away. But this just results in the monster acting out in rage.
Experience the full film for yourself:
The first video is the movie I watched, the music is perfection! Very creepy. However, the second video is a much better quality, but the music is just not the same. If you want that creepy vibe, I suggest watching the first video.
Okay, so this one is a little harder for me. I had to read Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein for a college course and I hated it. Mainly because I hated Victor Frankenstein. He’s an asshole. This man brings the dead back to life and when it isn’t pretty enough for him, he abandons him. It was never the monster’s goal to be angry, but because he looked different, he was treated like a monster. So, just as a personal opinion about the characters, I loved the monster and hated Frankenstein. I believe that Victor Frankenstein was the real monster of this story, and what’s perfect is this movie seems to show that with the final scene.
The silent film aspect of this movie was great. I was really worried that I would hate it but it really added a creepy feel. Because of this movie, I might be reviewing more silent films in the future. The actors/actresses where pretty impressive during that time. They had to fill entire scenes without saying a word. It was great!
I loved the music they used throughout the film. It was creepy as hell. I think my favorite scene was the creation scene. You can see how they put together the scene, but it doesn’t take away from anything. The music really made that scene perfect (the first video above). It’s heavy and really makes you feel the dread that Frankenstein is feeling.
Something else that I loved about this film was how much it reminded me of one of my favorite paintings, The Nightmare. In the scene when The Monster is looking over Frankenstein in his bed it is very close the painting.
Honestly, I’m going to say yes, this one has True Fear. I think the scene that really creeped me out was when The Monster came to see Frankenstein at his home. You really only see him in the mirror, but the big dude, who you know is pissed, sneaking up behind Frankenstein was awesome.