Movie Review: Frankenstein

Frankenstein

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.

Breakdown:

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.

Thoughts:

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.

True Fear?

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.

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Siobahn

Siobahn Harris graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with honors, earning her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and English with a concentration on fiction writing. She worked for three months editing non-fiction books for Motivational Press and now runs a blog page sharing horror themed short stories and movie reviews. While she enjoys editing, her true passion is using her creativity to create new and unique stories that can truly scare her audience. Her dream is to one day put her writing skills to the test and work with a team to develop a horror themed video game or movie. She plans to continue learning as much as she can about the writing industry to perfect her skills and someday rule the world.

2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Frankenstein

  1. Great find and review!! While I have seen the 1930’s Frankenstein many times, this is one version I had never seen. I watched both shorts and agree that the visuals were much better in the second. You could see more detail! The “creation” scene was unique and very good. For the time period, that scene and the monster must have freaked movie goers out!! While watching the second I wanted to see if anyone, other than Frankenstein, saw the monster. Mostly because in the very last scene, the monster is looking in the mirror and than he is only seen in the mirror, than Victor comes in and his reflection is the monster than it dissolves to himself in the mirror. Great visual to illustrate that as you said Victor is the monster. Elizabeth appears, at one point, to “see” the monster, but, does she really? Or is she falling out from Victor acting monstrously?? Things that make you go hmmmmmmm!!

    1. What an awesome point! Maybe Victor was overworked and just dreamt of creating the monster. After making him he ran away and passed out in his bed.

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