Monster Movie Review: Frankenstein (1931)

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It’s the film that introduced horror fans to Boris Karloff’s lurching, tragic monster, and to director James Whale’s elegant camera and black sense of humor. Halloween is almost here, so let’s talk about Frankenstein!

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Joshua Purvis says:

Frankenstein is the movie that got me into these movies its my favorite monster

Justin Blystone says:

Don't forget the famous opening.

How do you do? Mr. Carl Lemfiel would feel it would be a little unkind to present this picture without just a word of friendly warning. We are about to unfold the story of Frankenstein, a man of science, who sought to create a man after his own image, without reckoning upon God. It is one of the strangest tales ever told. It deals with the two great mysteries of creation; life and death. I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even horrify you. So if any of you feel that you would not care to subject your nerves to such a strain, now's your chance to…well, we've warned you.

João Victor says:

Great review!

Picture This Studios says:

i think this movie is too short. The scenes are too rushed, so it is hard to grasp the characters. The ending was so abrupt, my dad and I broke out into laughter.

Wangavision says:

Am I alone when I say that I think Frankenstein is a superior film to Bride of Frankenstein?

Numinous20111 says:

It dates in respect of being the prototype for so many 30's/40's horror films. It is a memorable film despite not being as polished as the immediate sequel. Karloff and Clive are inspired casting.

Eddy Coulson says:

great review, I love all of these 30s and 40s horror movies,

Vanessa Garcia says:

Thank you for this

WHAT UP? says:

My favorite scene is the windmill scene. At the end the windmill burns to the ground with the creature screaming like a little girl. The reason the monster killed is because he received a criminal brain.

WHAT UP? says:

Wasn't Whale a homo??   After son of Frankenstein, Karloff refused to play the creature. But he did play a mad scientist and other scary characters.

sadlobster1 says:

Frankenstein was the first Universal Monster I've ever seen. It's what got me hooked on the series.

I know Karloff's portrayal strays from the original novel. But Shelly was rather vague on its appearance, in the original book.

Besides, we can all agree Karloff's Frankenstein achieved better success (during it's original theater run and today's commercial appeal) than that film I, Frankenstein

1bensisko says:

So you liked it then? Super review Steve. I just love the energy and passion you show when speaking about the subject. Great stuff

Steve Shives says:

I agree with you that the film is very different from the novel. And I love the novel, too. I don't penalize films for how closely they follow their source material. The book is the book and the film is the film, and they can be very different, and each great in their own way.

AdderallApocalypse says:

I have a question about Young Frankenstein, but I guess I'll ask it in the comments for YHTA.

SciPunk215 says:

Good stuff here Steve… just watched your other vids in this series.
I finally watched Frankenstein in an art house movie theater here in NYC last year.

I think you should have taken a second to mention the amazing revolutionary MAKEUP work. This iconic monster was more than Boris Karloff and James Whale. Jack P. Price deserves credit where credit is due.

Also, what is up with the last scene in the movie? It seems completely out of character with the rest, and leaves me thinking WTF ?!?

Todd says:

Damn, I gotta stop making drunk Youtube comments.

Pierre Cloutier says:

I think The Bride of Frankenstein is a better movie than the original Frankenstein.

Todd says:

I clicked on this only to tell you that I'm a fan of your 5 things wrong videos and to say that dude, you have to be out of your shit nutty balls to think fans will flock to your way too long other vids.

jfrsnjhnsn says:

The problems I have with the first and all other Frankenstein movies is that all of the problems are caused by poor parenting decisions.

Keovar says:

Gollum wasn't an artificially-constructed being, he was a deranged and depraved hobbit. Despite the words "golem" and "Gollum" being somewhat similar, I don't think it's fair to say Tolkien stole the character.
Also, "The Ring Cycle" refers to Wagner's opera "The Ring of the Nibelung", not Tolkien's novel "The Lord of the Rings", though both borrow a lot from Germanic/Norse mythology.

Brady Richardson says:

Awesome! By the way, I just recently discovered your channel and wanted to say I think your take on things is generally pretty cool. Youtube on, man.

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