Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
The first videos in the Extra Sci-Fi series will take on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which has influenced centuries of science fiction works. The Extra Credits team tackles the classic by examining its themes and linking them to later developments.
“Science fiction uses the possible as a lens for our world,” explained Extra Sci-Fi writer James Portnow in a press release. “It may be the remote and the unlikely, but what better way to look at human nature than to set it against the extreme cases of what it might someday encounter and see what rolls out. This is so important to Mary Shelley that it's the very first thing that's
Press Release: San Diego, CA (October 18, 2017) – The fourth and concluding issue of Steve Niles & Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein, Alive, Alive will be released in January of 2018. Exploring the further adventures of Mary Shelley’s monster, this gothic horror story will be the final chapter of legendary artist Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein works.
There have been fairly decent retellings of classic movies of horror's golden age back in the 1930s, and Universal is actually planning on revisiting many of its iconic monsters in the near future. Here are a few that are worth your time and will hopefully inspire you to also go back and watch the originals.
Bram Stoker's Dracula
This 1992 Francis Ford Coppola outing doesn't get anywhere near the credit it deserves. From the costume design to Coppola's impressive direction and Gary Oldman's chilling performance as the titular count, this version of the tale has a truly epic scope and feel
Rose elects for a more sophisticated story, turning to scientific advancements that bring a new kind of Frankenstein monster to life. Same concept, same reanimated corpse, but a fresh angle proves that reboots can also be original, despite what most major studios seem to think.
Xavier Samuel stars as a bastard science experiment dreamt up by Viktor Frankenstein (Danny Huston) and his associate, Marie (Carrie-Anne Moss). Less mad scientist, more lab coat technician, Viktor creates life in the name of research. As Marie and Viktor nurture their new project,
It’s hard to really compare the original Universal Studios version of the Mummy (1932) to the more whimsical remake (1999) because the two are so immensely different. The new version takes the seed of the first film and transforms it into something almost unrecognizable. The 1999 version meets one of the two criteria of making a good remake…Keep the spirit of the original but make it into something new and special. Well, this remake does successfully make the concept of the Mummy into something quite different, but it totally loses the spirit of the 1932 original.
The original is one of the seminal horror classics, creating one of the
Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death
With a title like that, do you even need to know more? Yeah? Well, it stars 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed. And Adrienne Barbeau from Swamp Thing and Creepshow. (Fun Fact: Adrienne Barbeau played Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease! And got a Tony nom for it! What!) And Bill Maher, before he got all respectable with his own HBO show and all. To avoid an avocado shortage, an anthropology professor (Tweed!) heads into the avocado jungle of Southern California to confront the man-eating Piranha Women tribe. How the cannibals are affecting the avocado crops is anyone’s guess. But, hey, I live in SoCal, and
[Note: With the film due for a UK release this week, here’s a reposting of my review of Bernard Rose’s Frankenstein from last summer’s London Frightfest]
Helmed by Bernard Rose, still best known for Candyman, this new take on Frankenstein explores the classic tale from the perspective of the monster rather than the scientist – recapturing what was so great about Mary Shelley’s original story, taking the themes she wrote about and giving them a very modern spin. So modern in fact that I’m positive it’s the first, and only time, we’ve been presented with a 3D-printed protagonist! It may sound crazy but the idea, given recent advances in the technology (only last week it was announced that fully working prosthetics for amputee’s can be 3D printed) is not that far-fetched.
You see, unlike previous iterations of the story, this Frankenstein’s monster, named ironcally Adam,
You remember that basically crappy review of Supergirl I gave a couple of months ago? Well, the show is getting there, though, im-not-so-ho, they aren’t taking advantage of what could be some great story arcs. Except for Alex Danvers. And Cat Grant. And Hank Henshaw. But more on that in a bit.
I watched “Strange Visitor From Another Planet,” an hour that really could have called “Why Did You Abandon Me?” Hank Henshaw, a.k.a. J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, struggled with the personification of survivor’s guilt and abandonment in the appearance of a “White Martian,” a member of the “other” Martian race responsible for the Martian holocaust – a literal “Strange Visitor.” And while the psychological voices from
Directed by Bernard Rose.
Starring Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tony Todd, Danny Huston, Sandra Rosko, Maya Erskine, Dave Pressler.
An eccentric pair of scientists create a human monster in modern-day Los Angeles.
Another year, another adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel but there is a twist to this one as it sticks very closely to its source material but updates the setting to modern-day Los Angeles. This isn’t the first time that a gothic horror story has been given a contemporary makeover (Dracula A.D. 1972 springs to mind, along with countless retellings of The Phantom of the Opera, The Invisible Man, etc.) and Frankenstein has proven to be the most popular of the classic movie monsters to revisit in recent years but so far nobody seems to have gotten the formula for updating it right. So has Candyman director Bernard Rose managed to crack it?
“I really have mixed feelings about this, seriously,” he said. “I feel like Rocky, at the end of this movie on the steps, with the help of a young man, and he looks out and says, ‘From here, you can see your whole life’ — it sort of summarizes the whole thing. I don’t know how much further you can push Rocky.”
Ostensibly a career retrospective, the program still never strayed too far from the Balboa narrative, a full-circle experience for
It was the pop culture sensation of the 1990s – and now it’s back to storm TV screens in the UK (well, Channel 5 anyway). The X-Files initially ran for 10 series’ (in addition to spawning two movies) and introduced us to two of television’s greatest heroes in the form of FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), both dedicated to exposing extraterrestrial and paranormal phenomena lurking amidst the fabric of everyday life.
However, the series wouldn’t have had half its impact without the input of composer Mark Snow, whose haunting music constantly had viewers anticipating what was around the next corner. Here are 19 memorable tracks exploring the rich yet underrated soundtrack history of this landmark show, ones confirming Snow as perhaps the unsung hero of The X-Files.
In 1970 New Mexico, small time criminal Weasel (Brad Dourif) murders two tourists staying in an isolated motel, not realizing there
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From The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Penny Dreadful to countless other movies and TV shows, Mary Shelley’s classic tale — much like the titular doctor’s monster — has had its fair share of resurrections.
Fox on Wednesday night added to the pile of adaptations with Second Chance, a drama starring Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders), Tim DeKay (White Collar) and Dilshad Vadsaria (Greek). Before we get your thoughts on the series premiere, a brief recap:
VideosSecond Chance Trailer: New Fox Drama Sends Resurrected Cop on a Rampage
“Using a name like that just for brand recognition — when [the show] has almost nothing to do with Mary Shelley whatsoever — is disingenuous, and it’s a disservice to Mary Shelley,” star Rob Kazinsky says.
The new drama about a 75-year-old, former L.A. County Sheriff (played by guest star Philip Baker Hall) who is resurrected in the body of much younger,
Jimmy Pritchard was a Seattle sheriff who liked to break the rules — not for himself, we’re told, but to get justice, at least as the hard-drinking cop defined it. It’s difficult not to wonder if Fox has misread the public mood with this show’s premise and that of last fall’s similarly tepid “Minority Report.” Both revolve around the idea that law enforcement should have unlimited powers, and when it does not, cops should take matters into their own hands and do whatever they decide is right. Having a cop
A culture-clash comedy set in Ireland’s first Halal meat factory is among the productions backed by the Irish Film Board (Ifb) in its latest round of funding decisions, which totals more than €3m.
Halal Daddy - the story of a young Muslim’s struggle to manage a rundown abattoir in the West of Ireland - has received a production funding commitment of €500,000.
It is one of a number of comedies backed by the Ifb as it faces the challenge of building on what has been a buoyant period for the Irish film industry, with a number of projects performing strongly throughout awards season. Comedy traditionally performs well with domestic audiences.
Halal Daddy will begin shooting in Sligo in early summer and was written by Conor McDermottroe (Swansong: Story Of Occi Byrne) and Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul
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