The outstanding piece of work that Mary Shelley created with her novel Frankenstein is still a significant influence on several writings and movies that we can see in the industry. It is particularly the case in the genre of Sci-fi where we can see some great similitudes with Shelley’s work. However, even though the genre called Science-Fiction became immensely popularized throughout the last years and had become an important part of the novel and film industry, we often forget where its origin came from and who are the pioneer that influenced this genre. Thus, I would like to dedicate an article divided into two parts that will first start by explaining the characteristics and origins of Sci-Fi and in the second part talked about how Frankenstein was the first true work of this genre.
As we all know, the 1931 Frankenstein movie is an horror and Science Fiction classic. It is also being considered as one of the best movie of all time, genres for genres.
The creation of the monster and the “It’s alive! It’s alive!” line are pure classics that will still be instilled in pop culture for a long time. The line itself was ranked as the 49th greatest movie quote in american cinema history.
Here is a movie clip of the creation of the monster:
After looking at this scene, which presentation of the creation you prefer? Is the passage of the novel more powerful than this classic scene? Let us know in the comments!
Video credit: Movieclips.
Throughout the last few decades, horror has often been an important part of the culture of rock, metal, and punk. Thus, several songs have been written referring about Frankenstein. In this case, here are 3 popular rock artists/groups that made a great song about this well-known monster.
SOME KIND OF MONSTER BY METALLICA
TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN BY ALICE COOPER
MUTTER BY RAMMSTEIN
Let me know what is your favorite song about Frankenstein!
Note: These videos are used for scholar purposes. I do not own any copyright of these songs.
Hello guys! Today I give you the best summary video on Mary Shelley’s novel that I have been able to find on the Internet.
The SparkNotes team has done an impressing work producing this summary video. The video covers the important parts of the novel while offering a quick synopsis, analysis, and discussions about the major themes and characters of the novel.
I hope you guys enjoy the video and may it help you understand the novel even more!
Credit: SparkNotes, channel: VideoSparkNotes
With the arrival of The Mummy with Tom Cruise on June 9, Universal Studio has the plan of releasing several remakes of famous monster movies. Thus, the well-known studio has an idea of remaking The Bride of Frankenstein written by John Whale in the next year, which was initially released in 1935. Universal Studio has started to contact potential directors to make this project happen. Thus, it has approached an outstanding Director who is well-known in the horror industry to remake this classic potentially. His name is Bill Condon who has recently remake the Beauty and the Beast for Disney, which has recently raised an immense sum of $ 1 billion at the box office. Furthermore, Mr. Condom has also directed critically acclaimed horror movies like twilight or a movie called Gods and Monsters released in 1998 that features reconstructions of wale’s movie, which will make him the perfect fit for this remake.
With an incredible average rating of 9.1, The Bride of Frankenstein is without a doubt a classic that reaches several generations and as grown in notoriety in the last century. It is even in the top 100 of the best movies of all time by the magazine Time. Thus, this remake could satisfy not only the old-school fans of horror movies but could lead to important commercial performances for Universal Studio with Mr. Condon at its side who could attract major stars to play roles with his prestigious notoriety. However, it is early talks, and both parties have many negotiations to do before they arrive at a final agreement. Even though these negotiations could take some time, we can still stay optimist that the realization of the remake should start at the end of the year with the two parties that claim to be excited to have a potential collaboration with each other.
In 1940, Russians scientifics made an experiment where they kept a dog`s head alive for few minutes. The head of the dog reacted to sound, touch, taste and light.
Even if it is disgusting for the average citizen, it is quite incredible from a scientific point of view.
For a long time, we thought of bringing the dead back to life as imaginary, fantasy and science-fiction, such as Frankenstein’s monster.
Even if it lasted only for a few minutes, it is incredible results, considering that it has been performed in 1940.
Science never stops evolving, as the first human head transplantation is scheduled for December 2017.
It is interesting to consider how Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is seen has one of the greatest horror stories of all time, and how its main plot might become reality in years to come.
Credit to jonesdavy72 for the Youtube video
Dear Victor Frankenstein,
We say that with intelligence does not come maturity.
You made me,
But you also destroyed me
You are my creator,
But who is, between us two, the real monster?
You are a great scientist, no doubt,
But I had to make my own route
When you put something to life,
You don’t abandon it,
Maybe that is why you lost your wife,
As a father, you must commit
At my creation, you left me. You should have think twice,
And maybe I would have been nice
Directed by Paul McGuigan in 2015 and starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, the film Victor Frankenstein is a movie adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic Gothic-horror novel Frankenstein. The film acts as a type of prequel to the tale of Frankenstein depicting the origins of the Igor character.
For a spiritual prequel, however, it does not follow the source material whatsoever, with the only similarities being in the names of the characters.
To summarize the plot (Spoiler alert), Igor is rescued from being a circus slave by none other than Victor Frankenstein, a student at a medical school. Frankenstein discovers that Igor has a talent for performing surgery. Both characters team up and conduct a multitude of experiments that eventually lead to them creating the Frankenstein Monster, and ultimately destroy it.
While as an independent work, this film could be considered a decent work, it is simply the fact that it twists the classic Frankenstein in such a way that is inconsistent with the characters. The movie introduces a plethora of characters that mean absolutely nothing to the plot. This makes the whole viewing experience seem uneventful.
In short, this film is decent enough to watch, though it is best not to analyze it too deeply. Doing so will reveal continuity failures and inconsistency much to the detriment of the viewer’s experience.
In the Note section in the beginning of Mary Shelly’s book, it mentions that the novel has the subtitle: ‘The Modern Prometheus’. After reading the book, I can definitely agree with the relevance of this subtitle.
Just like Prometheus in Greek mythology, Victor Frankenstein does something no one else dared to do. For Prometheus it was giving the human race the secrets of fire. For Frankenstein it was creating life out of death. They both thought to achieve their purposes for the sake of the development and betterment of humanity and both their creations brought them suffering. This suffering comes from Zeus for Prometheus in the form of being chained to a rock and having his liver eaten by an eagle every day. For Frankenstein, it could be said to be worse as it is his whole project, his own creation, that makes him suffer. His creature destroys him by ruining his family and murdering his friends and family members but the creature also ends up being the death of him.
Frankenstein’s monster has never been able to place himself in the world. When he was created, he was severely rejected by his own creator and was forced out into the world which he did not ask to be brought to. Lost and alone, he fled where he knew no one would come looking for him, into the forest. Since he was not born a human from the beginning, the monster was lost and did not know what life was or how to prepare for it. He never had a family and never had someone to guide him.
The monster had one thing in mind since the beginning, survival. He wanted to learn how to think like a human and be like a human so that he could survive in this world which he did not belong. He had taught himself to read by listening to the family at the cottage. This helped his survival a lot and this is where he began to reconsider what he wanted his life to be. An event that proved that he wanted to survive was when he asked Victor to make him a female lover. He wanted to continue living in the forest all alone only with this female monster which Frankenstein would create. The monster was looking to be able to survive in a world that would not accept him but Victor would not let him.