Greatest Film Moments – Frankenstein

Frankenstein is the man who created a monster. Frankenstein is a horror film that tampers with life and death with the good doctor behind the monster slowly losing himself in his experiments.

Dr. Henry Frankenstein dares to manipulate with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts from graves and from medical labs.

Before the film actually begins, the closed curtains are the backdrop for a public service announcement of sorts that warns the viewers of the impending film.

I am not sure if this warning was given during the original version of this film because I viewed the Legacy Collection version of the original Frankenstein film.

However, the opening announcement sets the scene quite nicely for the events of the film to unfold.

Dr. Frankenstein is quite disturbed in the beginning of the film, completely engulfed in his work even though he has a devoted fiance and an overbearing baron as a father.

Digging up corpses and stealing from his former university of study, Frankenstein has only one goal in mind to create a being from death and bring it to life.

Fritz was hilarious, playing the part of the loyal assistant to the good doctor. His hunchbacked figure aided by his cane clambering down the tower steps, warding people away from Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory.

And I knew immediately that he had played Renfield in Dracula, I recognized those crazy eyes and if he had laughed maniacal I would have known for certain that it was indeed Dwight Frye.

Fritz delivered the best scene when he is startled and drops the jar holding the normal brain. He consequently grabs the abnormal brain from the lab of the university, which has been parodied numerous times in horror spoofs.

A scene that has been deemed controversial, especially when Frankenstein first opened in theatres, is the scene between the monster and the little girl.

Ultimately, the monster throws the defenseless child into the water and she consequently drowns. The monster thought it was part of the game, previously throwing flowers in the water to float like little boats.

The little girl introduced the monster to her little game, which he grew excited about and threw her into the water believing she would float easily.

I admit that I gaped at the screen when the monster merely walked away after throwing her in the water, I could see that a child’s death would be extremely controversial then. Nowadays, the scene is quite tame.

Dr. Frankenstein was the favored character in this classic monster movie. He was so disturbed, so engulfed by his experiments; he was obsessed with proving his theories and bringing life to nothing but dead materials.

Henry could not be stopped, not by his fiance or by his best friend. He gave the monster life, bringing forth the most famous line from the Frankenstein films, “It’s alive. It’s alive… It’s alive!” Nothing is better than hearing those words as the monster moves in response to the treatment that gives him life.

Frankenstein ends abruptly to me, but it is a classic monster movie that brings another horror literary classic to life. The monster is misunderstood and tormented, even without the criminal mind how could the monster live amongst normal society.

In the end, I almost feel sorry for the monster as he screams in terror and fright as the windmill burns around him.

~ by nicmarray on December 23, 2009.

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