The Man Who Made A Monster

DVD - 1999
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Frankenstein is the greatest horror film of all time. Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster in his laboratory; but his dreams of perfection are thwarted when the monster becomes an uncontrollable beast.


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Nov 12, 2014

This is a 384-minute two-DVD set contains five Frankenstein movies: 1) Frankenstein in 1931; 2) Bride of Frankenstein in 1935; 3) Son of Frankenstein in 1939; 4) Ghost of Frankenstein in 1942; 5) House of Frankenstein in 1944.
Although Frankenstein's hunchbacked assistant is often referred to as "Igor" in descriptions of the films, he is not so called in the earliest films.
In both "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein," Frankenstein has an assistant who is played both times by Dwight Frye who is crippled.
In the original 1931 film the character is named "Fritz" who is hunchbacked and walks with the aid of a small cane.
In Bride of Frankenstein, Frye plays "Karl" a murderer who stands upright but has a lumbering metal brace on both legs that can be heard clicking loudly with every step.
Both characters would be killed by Karloff's monster in their respective films.
It was not until Son of Frankenstein (1939) that a character called "Ygor" first appeared.
Here he is played by Bela Lugosi and revived by Lugosi in the Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) after his apparent murder in the earlier film.
This deranged blacksmith, whose neck was broken and twisted due to a botched hanging, befriends the monster and later helps Dr. Wolf Frankenstein, leading to the "hunchbacked assistant" called "Igor" commonly associated with Frankenstein in pop culture.

Oct 28, 2012

How can you not love the Golden Age of horror? Disc two was missing (library thieves should be hunted down like the monster -- grrr) so I can't comment on "Son Of...", "Ghost Of...", or "House Of...", but the first two are exquisite. The laboratory is phenomenal (in both). The story is poignant; unique in that the monster wasn't evil. He was confused as to the reason for his persecution; lonely, and gentle really. Simply seeking a friend (e.g. the little girl, the blind man). A brilliant social commentary on the coldness of humanity when faced with fear of the unknown. (On a lighter note, I found it hilarious how the director James Whale recycled the same actor for the Igor-like sidekick "Fritz" and then "Karl" in both films.) For both "Frankenstein" and "Bride Of...": FIVE STARS.

Sep 17, 2012

everybody's included in this collection: boris, bela, elsa, john, basil, valerie, ernest, colin and lionel. something for every universal monsters fan.


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Oct 28, 2012

Henry Frankenstein: "Look! It's moving... (thunder crashes) It's alive... It's alive... It's alive, it's moving... it's alive... IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE!!!" Victor Moritz: "Henry! In The Name of God!" Henry Frankenstein: "Oh, in The Name of God! Now I know what it FEELS LIKE to BE God!" (thunder crashes)

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