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The Frankenstein Monster is arguably the greatest monster in all fiction. There have been a few genuinely excellent films made about him, but all too many of them are pretty bad. While the latest attempt in Victor Frankenstein falls flat, Cinelinx looks at the film history of Frankenstein to see which of them worked and which of them didn’t.
The Frankenstein Monster was the invention of 18 year old Mary Shelly (wife of poet Percy Shelly) who was vacationing in Switzerland with her husband, their close friend Lord Byron and John Polidori. Incessant rain left them housebound and reading ghost stories to each other. This led to a challenge from Byron, daring them all to create the scariest story ever told. Mary Shelly seemed outclassed by her literary companions until she heard legends of a crazy scientist named Conrad Dipple who performed illegal experiments using parts of dead bodies and electricity. »
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Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy make for an unlikely yet extremely likable pairing in Victor Frankenstein, which transforms Mary Shelley's dark novel into a cheeky action-adventure picture. On the face of it, the idea of making Igor the hero is ridiculous. Since James Whale's famed adaptation of the source material in 1931, Dr. Frankenstein's assistant has been portrayed as a hunchbacked man, in my mind most memorably played by Marty Feldman in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. In fact, the character does not appear in Shelley's novel, and so writer Max Landis -- properly credited for both screen story and screenplay -- conjures up a nameless, severely hunchbacked man who has been raised in a circus in the latter part of the 19th century. The man...
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Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.
Victor Frankenstein is a “Frankenstein” movie unlike any other. While inspired by Mary Shelley’s classic novel and the countless interpretations of that story, screenwriter Max Landis’ “regeneration” focuses on the relationship between Victor and his best friend and assistant Igor.
- Michelle McCue
By and large, almost every feature film, play or anime that’s been released concerning Mary Shelley’s indelible literary legend focuses on the creation of the monster itself, and while that’s still true to a certain degree in Paul McGuigan’s soon-to-be-released supernatural feature, Victor Frankenstein is as much about the core dynamic between James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe’s leading duo as anything else.
Scripted by Chronicle scribe Max Landis, the aforementioned pairing will assume the roles of Victor and his brilliant but reclusive protégé Igor Strausman, respectively, who set out to defy the laws of nature and resurrect the dead. It’s a dark and slightly horrifying idea, but one that promises to pay off for the all who are involved.
Recently, during the film’s press day, we caught up with Radcliffe for an exclusive interview. During the course of our discussion, the actor spoke »
- David Grove
Daniel Radcliffe is beloved by millions, smart, unassuming, humble, verbose, and clear-headed about his fame. Fans will be relieved to know that he narrowly escaped being trampled by zebras and eaten by lions on the set of "Victor Frankenstein," in which he plays Igor, the hapless right-hand man to Dr. Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's classic novel. The movie is a prequel of sorts. It is not about the monster, birthed from the reassembled parts of human corpses, but rather about the early relationship that develops between Frankenstein and his deformed assistant, not to mention a young trapeze artist played by "Downton Abbey" star Jessica Brown Findlay. Way back in 2014, I toured the set of the film at London's Shepperton Studios; during my visit they were shooting an early scene that at the circus, before Frankenstein takes Igor under his wing and removes his hump in a gruesome on-screen procedure (okay, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Coming this Halloween is the new film Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse. Part comedy, part horror, director Christopher Landon’s latest movie has Scouts saving the world from the Undead. Landon says audiences will be “screaming and laughing their heads off. This movie is an amusement park ride.”
What’s better than the mashup of comedy and horror to get you shrieking in fear! Just like a Reese’s cup – peanut butter and chocolate – the two just go together. Making scary themes into funny romps, while doing it cleverly, is a hard act to pull off. The films that have done it well have become part of the zeitgeist with fans of both genres.
Before you catch Scouts vs Zombies, check out our list of the funniest horror films.
Tallahassee: My mama always told me someday I’d be good at something. Who’d a guessed that something’d be zombie-killing? »
- Movie Geeks
Local fiends! The B&B Theatres in Wildwood, Mo is hosting a program called Retro Fright Nights starting this Thursday, October 8th with Young Frankenstein. To celebrate these repertory screenings we have some vouchers to give away!!
Fill out the forms below for the respective screenings and we’ll notify you the Wednesday before the show to let you know if you won!
Young Frankenstein – October 8th at 4pm & 7pm
(1974) Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather’s estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather’s experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor’s fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn).
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- Andy Triefenbach
Mel Brooks’ monstrously crazy tribute to Mary Shelley’s classic pokes hilarious fun at just about every Frankenstein movie ever made. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) soon discovers the scientist’s step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the curvaceous Ings (Teri Garr), he creates a monster (Peter Boyle) who only wants to be loved.
Young Frankenstein will be playing for one night only this Thursday, October 8th at the B&B Wildwood 10! Retro Night showtimes are at 4pm and 7pm and tickets are only $5.
Get yours today at bbtheatres.com
Wamg is giving away free pass vouchers for the show.
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Read More: Watch:'#Tbt The Funniest Part of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' Isn't in 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' This Friday marks the launch of the Radio Times Festival in London. This year is an exciting one for Monty Python fans, as it marks the first chance to see the British comedy program that inspired it all, one that hasn't been seen since its original broadcast, 48 years ago. Last year, BFI rediscovered two episodes of the much-loved and highly influential comedy series, "At Last the 1948 Show." An anonymous member of the public has just come forward with a further two episodes starring John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman, Graham Chapman, Bill Oddie, Eric Idle and “the lovely” Aimi Macdonald. One of the discoveries -- Episode 3, of the first series of "At Last the 1948 Show," which was only ever seen on March 1, 1967 -- will be screened at the Radio Times Festival at. »
- Elle Leonsis
Two missing episodes of the cult comedy series At Last the 1948 Show, a precursor to the Monty Python series, have been unearthed. The episodes, in which three then hatchling Pythons starred, feature one of John Cleese’s favourite sketches.
They have been placed in the national archives of the British Film Institute (BFI), which was alerted to their existence by a member of the public and one of them – episode three – will be screened at a film festival next week.
Related: ‘Lost’ episodes of At Last the 1948 Show rediscovered
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- Kevin Rawlinson
From spoofs to point-and-click adventure games, here are 10 of the most memorable unusual incarnations of Sherlock Holmes...
We don’t know a great deal about the content of the 90-minute Sherlock special set to air later this year, but one thing has emerged from the set photos and tantalising titbits of information we’ve seen so far. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson will be in nineteenth-century garb, pitching them back into the setting of the legendary detective’s original adventures: 1895, to be precise. Why that happens is as yet unclear, but all will be revealed.
For those still craving their Holmes fix in the meantime, the new film Mr. Holmes offers us Ian McKellen’s take on the character, musing upon an old case as he looks back on his long career from the vantage point of retirement. Jonny Lee Miller’s ultra-modern, Us-based Sherlock will be entering his fourth »
11 items from 2015
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