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Victor Frankenstein (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 25 November 2015 (USA)
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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.


Paul McGuigan


Max Landis (screenplay), Max Landis (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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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 Nicola Sloane ... Housekeeper
Freddie Fox ... Finnegan


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Release Date:

25 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Igor See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office


$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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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Four cast members of Sherlock (2010) in this movie: Andrew Scott (Moriarty), Mark Gatiss (Mycroft Holmes) and Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper). Alistair Petrie (Major James Sholto). Director Paul McGuigan also directed 4 episodes of the series. See more »


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 »


[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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Referenced in The Making of Victor Frankenstein (2016) See more »


Marche Militaire No. 1, Op. 51
Written by Franz Schubert
Arranged by Craig Armstrong
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It's not that bad!
1 December 2015 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Another adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic monster tale 'Frankenstein'; this one is told from Igor's point of view. It stars Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, and James McAvoy as Frankenstein. It also costars Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott and Freddie Fox. The film was directed by Paul McGuigan (who's also helmed movies like 'LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN' and 'WICKER PARK') and it was written by Max Landis (who also wrote 'CHRONICLE' and 'AMERICAN ULTRA'). The movie received mostly negative reviews from critics, and it horrifically bombed at the Box-Office (as well); it's not that bad though!

The film actually tells the origin story of Igor (Radcliffe), Victor Frankenstein's (McAvoy) assistant. Igor was a hunchbacked circus clown, when the aspiring medical student, Victor Frankenstein, found him. Victor frees Igor, from his captors, and cures him of his giant cyst (and bad posture, because of it). He then enlists the surprisingly intelligent young man's help; in his extremely ambitious medical experiments. At first Igor is very excited, to be apart of such groundbreaking scientific work, but then he realizes Victor is insane; and his experiments are extremely dangerous.

The movie is pretty cheesy, but somewhat entertaining. Radcliffe and McAvoy both give it their all, in their performances, and the directing is adequate. Landis's script is rather disappointing though, considering what a talented writer he's already proved to be; there's been many more original, and entertaining, adaptations of Shelley's classic work. Still, it's not nearly as bad as it's been made out to be.

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