ScreenAnarchy's Favorite Frankensteins -- And The Monsters They Created

Managing Editor; Dallas, Texas (@peteramartin)
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The imminent theatrical release in North America of I, Frankenstein on Friday, January 24, gives us an excuse to express our collective love for the mad scientist known as Frankenstein -- and the monsters he created.

As the title of the new movie indicates, popular culture has often confused Frankenstein (the scientist) with The Monster, bestowing the creature with the creator's name. But Mary Shelley's original novel tapped directly into our primal consciousness, and any confusion about names pales in comparison to the fears, terrors, and thrills that raise goose-pimples when the good doctor cries out "It's alive!" and his monster lumbers to life. Our picks reflect the individual tastes of the writers who contributed; what say you, dear reader, as to your favorite Frankenstein and/or Monster?

Andrew Mack, Ard Vijn, Christopher O'Keeffe, Jim Tudor, Joshua Chaplinsky and Kurt Halfyard contributed to this story.

Boris Karloff, Frankenstein (1931)

Contributed by Ard Vijn

There have been many Frankensteins and many of his monsters in the history of film, but has anything ever been as iconic in horror as the image of Boris Karloff in his make-up, in James Whale's Frankenstein? Not even any of the famous Draculas can even claim to top Karloff's incarnation of the Monster of Frankenstein in sheer recognizability.

It helps that Boris Karloff imbued the creature with pathos, even through all the layers of latex and clumsy movements, giving him more life than was in all the evil humans surrounding him.

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Mateusz R. OrzechJanuary 21, 2014 6:48 AM

I love Hammer Frankenstein films in which Peter Cushing is simply wonderful. And as much as I enjoy watching "The Curse of Frankenstein" my favourite portrayals of scientist are from "The Revenge of Frankenstein", "The Evil of Frankenstein" and "Frankenstein Created Woman". I was really rooting for F in those and wanted him to succeed and show all these don't-touch-god's-stuff people that he was right all the time - a real scientist and man of progress.

As for movies though, "The Bride" was always the best in my heart. A little bit grotesque but very humane and sad in the end. Love it.

And I see that I haven't seen "Frankenstein's Army" yet, looks interesting.

Peter MartinJanuary 21, 2014 11:23 AM

Thank you for your comment. I'll have to give those three Cushing / Frankenstein movies a try. I think Cushing is also quite poignant yet strong in "Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell."

Mateusz R. OrzechJanuary 21, 2014 2:32 PM

Yes, you're right. Last F flick with Cushing is kind of in style of those three I mentioned, although in "Monster from Hell" he's more ambigous character, while in "The Evil" he's downright heroic.