Frankenstein (1931)

"Frankenstein" is a film about a mad, obsessed scientist, Dr. Henry Frankenstein", who creates a monster, by taking body parts from dead people. Upon placing a brain inside the head of the monster, Henry and his assistant… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 21, 1931
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Consensus: 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.

Elliott Stein
Village Voice

The most influential horror film ever made, this stark and stylish work has a weird fairytale beauty.

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Alfred Rushford Greason

Maximum of stimulating shock is there, but the thing is handled with subtle change of pace and shift of tempo that keeps attention absorbed to a high voltage climax.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

Another undisputed classic from the mind of James Whale.

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Hollywood Reporter

James Whale has done a great job in his direction. This is not an easy thing to direct -- just how far to go in playing upon an audience's credulity, it's sympathy, it's nerves. Whale seems to have gone far enough, but not too far.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

One of the most deservedly famous and chilling horror films of all time.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Shocking in its day and still a genuinely creepy experience, director James Whale's primitive yet enthralling interpretation of Mary Shelley's classic tale of man playing God is the most influential genre movie ever made.

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TIME Magazine

[Whale] did it in the Grand Guignol manner, with as many queer sounds, dark corners, false faces and cellar stairs as could possibly be inserted.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

The film is unique in Whale's work in that the horror is played absolutely straight, and it has a weird fairytale beauty not matched until Cocteau made La Belle et la BÍte.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a watchable yet consistently uneven horror flick that feels long even at 70 minutes...

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KJ Proulx
This is one of the best horror classics! As a non-horror fan, I can honestly say that this film blew me away, from the great tone, to the great acting, to the… More
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A timeless classic, perhaps the most notable and influential of the Universal monsters, and even if more amusing than terrifying for today's standards, it… More
Zach Brehany
I might as well say right now that if you are looking for a straight adaption of the Frankenstein story, you are in the wrong place. Being someone who has read… More
Spencer S.
The very original monster movie, based upon the book by Mary Shelley, James Whale's cinematic masterpiece remains one of the best horror movies of all… More
Alex roy
One of the most famous horror films ever filmed, Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff is a must see for every horror fan. Universal Studios brought horror to a… More