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Frankenstein (1931) Movie Information

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Frankenstein (1931)
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Overall Rank:

274

Avg. Rating:

3.16/4

# of Ratings:

260

Genres:

Horror, Drama

Rating:

NR

Language:

English

Theater Date:

11/21/1931

Director:

James Whale

Actors:

Boris Karloff
Colin Clive
John Boles
Mae Clarke
Frederick Kerr
Dwight Frye

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

A scientist assembles a living being from corpse parts in which his experiment goes bad when the being escapes.

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Snoogans 02/23/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Being a fan of the original novel, I found this first film adaptation to be a bit underwhelming. Most of that is due to the very short runtime. There's zero time devoted to the characters. The bright spot here is Karloff as 'The Monster'. He manages to generate the right amount of fright and sympathy through this character, with little screen time. The film still entertains and solidifies it's title as one of the great monster movies.

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Matthew Brady 01/31/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

"It's a live", The story is about a scientist assembles a living being from corpse parts in which his experiment goes bad when the being escapes. This movie is a cult classic gold, the movie goes really dark and really out of control in a good way.

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mitchellyoung 08/12/2011 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

A rare early creature film that showcases equal parts horror and sympathy. Only a great actor like Boris Karloff can communicate a sort of demented heart from beneath layers of monster makeup. The film is scary and eerie, at times, but it's more poignant than anything else.

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sapien 11/19/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

It's a surprisingly good movie. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. It's definitely a classic.

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  Daniel Corleone
Daniel Corleone
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07/22/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Frankenstein review

Almost everybody knows the story, but not everyone has the privilege to view the original horror picture. Heinrich "Henry" Frankenstein (Colin Clive) and Fritz (Dwight Frye) tries to abduct a dead body. A wrong brain has been stolen by Fritz while Elizabeth (Mae Clarke), Henry's fiancee, receives a letter. Dr. Waldman (Edward Van Sloan), Victor and Elizabeth a creation from Henry. Frankenstein's monster (Boris Karloff) begins to move. The "Boo" special feature was funny and introduces the idea of a film with Dracula and Frankenstein together, and how would they react. Funny and different for a horror special feature.

Has one of the most horrific scenes for a monster flick, a kid being thrown to the water, strangulation's, etc. So many insightful lines like: "It is one of the st...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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  The M.O.W.
The M.O.W.
Producer
 

08/01/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

A horror classic with few flaws

Based on the Mary Shelley 1817 novel, "Frankenstein" is one of Universal Studio's classic horror monsters, even though "Frankenstein" is actually the creator.

Colin Clive plays the "mad scientist" obsessed with creating life with his own hands. However, he is unaware his hunchbacked assistant "Fritz" brings to him a murderous, violent brain to control the body he created from corpses he collected from graves and gallows.

Boris Karloff is wonderful as "The Monster". He was very good at making "The Monster" a sympathetic character.

Other actors are good at their performances. The only one I did not like was Frederick Kerr's performance as "Baron Frankenstein". He seemed to be dazed and struggling through his lines most of the time.

Another minor problem was audio quality. In...

Rating of
3/4 

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