Frankenstein Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 281

Average Rating: 3.2/4

# of Ratings: 279

Theatrical Release Date: 11/21/1931

Language: English

Genre: Horror, Drama

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: James Whale

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

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

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/25/2019

This 1931 version admittedly turns Mary Shelley's classic novel into a black & white B-movie, but it's a terrifying mad scientist horror story all the same.

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Unknown - wrote on 02/23/2014

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 - wrote on 01/31/2014

"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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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 07/22/2013

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 …

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A horror classic with few flaws

The M.O.W. - wrote on 08/01/2008

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. …

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