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Victor Frankenstein (2015)

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Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.

Director:

Paul McGuigan

Writers:

Max Landis (screenplay), Max Landis (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Igor
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Lorelei
Bronson Webb ... Rafferty
James McAvoy ... Victor Frankenstein
Daniel Mays ... Barnaby
Spencer Wilding ... Nathaniel / Prometheus
Robin Pearce ... Baron Bomine
Andrew Scott ... Inspector Turpin
Callum Turner ... Alistair
Di Botcher ... Older Nun
Eve Ponsonby Eve Ponsonby ... Orderly
Will Keen ... Surgeon
Louise Brealey ... Sexy Society Girl
Nicola Sloane ... Housekeeper
Freddie Fox ... Finnegan
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Storyline

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. 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. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Discover the origin of the monster and his creation. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for macabre images, violence and a sequence of destruction | See all certifications »

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UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Igor See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,469,341, 29 November 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,775,076, 18 February 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,140,474, 18 February 2016
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The 'babies in vats" speech is actually about the first successful birth of a "test tube baby", Louise Brown,which occurred in 1978. See more »

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How could have Igor learned to read much less become an expert on anatomy? His status in the circus was so low it is unlikely anyone would have invested in teaching him the rudiments of the 3Rs. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Igor: You know this story. The crack if lightning. A mad genius. An unholy creation. The world, of course, remembers the monster, not the man. But sometimes, when you look closely, there's more to a tale. Sometimes the monster is the man.
Igor: I've been with the circus for as long as I can remember. Circuses like to think of themselves as families. But, of course, each one has its clown.
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Connections

Version of Tales of Tomorrow: Frankenstein (1952) See more »

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España Waltz, Op. 236
Written by Emil Waldteufel (as Émile Waldteufel)
Arranged by Craig Armstrong
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Understandably not a totally strong "horror flick"; Victor Frankenstein, however, is a creative, likable, and fantastic movie.
1 December 2015 | by InDyingArmsSee all my reviews

We follow the story, mainly with Igor. Igor is taken in by Victor Frankenstein; His life flips upside down, they become a team, and we, the audience continue to follow the adventures, as well as embodiment of these two characters, as they both create a scientific breakthrough. Or in this case, reanimation. Honestly, I found this movie to be a little misspoken for. I can see where many were expecting non - stop occurrences with the reanimated creature we've all come to know and love. Before anything else of this review, there is little of that. But here's the thing, does that make this entire thing bad? No. This film was actually creative, and quite good. First off, I honestly love the charm, and creativity of this story. The entire execution of the film's telling of this entire tale, I found to be flawless. The entire telling fell within the amazing character chemistry between Igor, and Victor. Which, by the way, both Daniel Radcliffe, and James McAvoy had amazing chemistry together. You could watch, and feel the connection their characters, if that, actors shared together. The characters in this film, while on the topic, were all around great. I can't emphasize this enough, horror, if that, thriller's now, usually have unlikeable characters - But not here. This film has characters that you could actually bare with, characters that'll you'll grow to, and actually bond with, sharing feelings for their actions. Of course, however, you have a small collection of characters you grow to dislike, but of course by intend of the film itself. I personally found the entire, overall plot, and storyline to be charming. I found the rescue, and bonding of savior friendship between Igor, and Victor to be all around charming, and just flat out awesome. It thrills us, audience, while at the same time develop feelings for the characters. Moving to visual elements, first of all, I honestly loved the entire visual effects of this film. I felt as if it was beautiful, and succeeded in giving us a flat out, solid display of the Victorian era, or in other words steam-punk. It felt intriguing to look at, visual eye-candy as far as the eye can see, giving an attention - grabbing effect. The camera work compliments as well, giving us some pretty well placed shots of which show the action sequences, as well as the meaningful ones. Lastly. I honestly liked the creations. The re-animated figures looked distorted, something they're supposed to succeed at. It didn't look cheap, and honestly was great for the time they came around, with their grotesque features, not too gory, or disgusting, but at the same time not too light, or cheap.

In conclusion, this film succeeds in a pleasant surprise. Once again, I can see where people get disappointed, as we see barely any real "Frankenstein" or in this case, the reanimated monster, at least not as much as many may of expected. However, the film succeeded in dismissing that, as we're giving many succeeding elements, including stunning visual effects, great, likable characters. I fun, at the same time thrilling story, and an overall unique charm that doesn't disappoint. Although, as said before this wasn't a strong "horror" but for what it was, aside the dismiss of the appearances of monsters, this was a fun film, enjoyable, and over all fantastic. I'd highly recommend this one.


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