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Frankenstein

Released Nov 21, 1931 1h 11m Horror List
94% Tomatometer 95 Reviews 87% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings
This iconic horror film follows the obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein as he attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz, Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster, but it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being and eventually must confront his tormented creation. Read More Read Less
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Still unnerving to this day, Frankenstein adroitly explores the fine line between genius and madness, and features Boris Karloff's legendary, frightening performance as the monster.

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Ella H. McCormick Detroit Free Press [James Whale] is to be complimented upon his handling of the incidents chosen from the book, and the artistry with which he has built up the picture. Jan 18, 2023 Full Review Nelson B. Bell Washington Post [Boris Karloff's performance] is a skillful but unsavory bit of imaginative and grotesque portraiture that the delicately constituted will dream about through many haunted nights. Jan 18, 2023 Full Review Irene Thirer New York Daily News It's a study of a chemical experiment -- one which clutches at you icily and holds you until the romantic ending guarantees satisfaction after an hour's worth of gripping, intriguing horrors. Rated: 3/4 Jan 18, 2023 Full Review Carson Timar ClapperCast It is the small moments of empathy that stand out here. That is where James Whale shines and as a queer director, he is a master of his craft. Oct 31, 2023 Full Review Harold V. Cohen Pittsburgh Post-Gazette It is all hooey, to be sure, hooey of the simplest sort, but it has been so expertly assembled and so smartly dressed that it becomes a fine example of the school of the cinema that seeks to shiver and not convince. Jan 18, 2023 Full Review E. de S. Melcher Washington Star A blood-curdling drama which so out-Draculas Dracula that the latter might as well be a Sunday afternoon parlor game. Jan 18, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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Robert Great movie, it's truly awesome getting to see movies I never got to see on the big screen, even though I've seen them a hundred times it makes it like a brand new experience, hopefully they keep showing old movies Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/24/23 Full Review Alec B Iconic for good reason. Whale is the reason for its success (he sees the inherent humor and tragedy in the horror) and we are lucky this movie fell into his lap. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/28/24 Full Review Jose R Quite possibly the most important piece to horror in terms of legacy, the movie was definitely a catalyst for the passion and love that goes into the genre Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/24 Full Review Keith N One of the best classic monster movies Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/27/23 Full Review Vince D Amazing movie with amazing makeup for the time. Karloff becomes a Legend Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/25/23 Full Review KerryWhite's S For its Time: 6/10. 67/100. | Actual Rating: 5/10. 57/100 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis This iconic horror film follows the obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein as he attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz, Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster, but it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being and eventually must confront his tormented creation.
Director
James Whale
Producer
Carl Laemmle Jr.
Screenwriter
Mary Shelley, Peggy Webling, John L. Balderston, Francis Edward Faragoh
Distributor
Universal Pictures
Production Co
Universal Pictures
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 21, 1931, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 19, 2016
Runtime
1h 11m
Sound Mix
Mono
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