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  • 1931
  • 1 hr 10 min
  • 7.8  (79,208)
  • 91

Frankenstein from 1931 is a classic horror film, directed by James Whale and based on Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein. The movie stars Colin Clive as Dr. Henry Frankenstein, Mae Clarke as Elizabeth Lavenza, and Boris Karloff as the Monster. The film begins with a young Henry Frankenstein, a brilliant and ambitious scientist, creating a makeshift laboratory in his ancestral castle in Germany. Together with his assistant Fritz (Dwight Frye), Henry is determined to create life from dead tissue.

Driven by his obsession, Henry convinces his fiancée Elizabeth and his best friend Victor (John Boles) to help him obtain human corpses for his experiment. After a number of grave-robbings, they finally secure the necessary parts and Henry begins his creation.

The experiment is unsettling, and as the process unfolds, it becomes clear that the doctor has tampered with the natural order of life and death. When the Monster finally comes to life, it becomes immediately apparent that it is not what Henry was expecting. The creature is primitive and erratic, with a disturbing mix of childlike curiosity and adult violence.

As the Monster begins to wreak havoc and terrorize the surrounding town, Henry is forced to confront the consequences of his reckless ambition. In a desperate attempt to put an end to his creation's rampage, Henry and his associates are faced with a final showdown with the Monster.

Frankenstein is a timeless tale of man's relationship with nature and the ultimate consequences of playing God. It is often cited as one of the most influential horror movies of all time, both for its iconic portrayal of the Monster and its exploration of morality and science.

Colin Clive delivers a standout performance as Dr. Henry Frankenstein, portraying the character's inner turmoil and obsession with great intensity. Mae Clarke is equally good as Elizabeth, bringing a sense of compassion and humanity to the film's otherwise dark themes.

Undoubtedly, the highlight of the movie is Boris Karloff's portrayal of the Monster. With his imposing figure, haunting gaze, and nuanced physical performance, Karloff immerses himself in the role, breathing life into Shelley's iconic character.

Through its haunting imagery, unsettling atmosphere, and timeless themes, Frankenstein captures the essence of classic horror movies. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in the genre, and an essential piece of cinema history.

Frankenstein is a 1931 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 10 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8 and a MetaScore of 91.

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