Frankenstein - on the Screen

Frontispiece of the 1831 edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Frontispiece of the 1831 edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was just 18 when she had a waking dream during a stormy night in Geneva. She was staying at Lord Byron's house with her fiancé Percy Shelley and Dr. John Polidori and they each decided to write a supernatural tale. Mary tried but couldn’t come up with a story but later that night...

"I placed my head on my pillow, I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination unbidden, possessed and guided me.. I saw with shut eyes, but acute mental vision, - the pale student of unhallowed arts standing before the thing he had put together, I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion.”

(From the preface to Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus.)

Shelley's novel was first published on the 1st January 1818 and was an immediate bestseller.

Victor Frankenstein's creation was unnamed in the novel and referred to as either the monster, creature, fiend, devil or demon.

There were several stage versions of the novel before the first feature length movie was released in 1931 turning 44 year old William Henry Pratt into an unlikely movie star. Born in London in 1887, Pratt would later change his name to Boris Karloff.

Frankenstein (1910) poster
Frankenstein (1910) poster


Frankenstein (1910) Directed by J. Searle Dawley. 16mins.

Frankenstein - Augustus Phillips

The Monster - Charles Ogle.

Also starring - Mary Fuller as Elizabeth.

Long thought lost a print of this short film was found in the mid 70's. Now in the public domain it can be found at various video sites on the net including YouTube.

IMDB rating 6.5

Frankenstein (1931) poster
Frankenstein (1931) poster
Boris Karloff in Frankenstein (1931)
Boris Karloff in Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein (1931) Directed by James Whale. 70mins.

Henry Frankenstein - Colin Clive

The Monster - Boris Karloff

Also starring Mae Clarke, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan and Dwight Frye.

Henry Frankenstein: Look! It's moving. It's alive. It's alive... it's alive, IT'S ALIVE!

The first feature length adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel featuring Boris Karloff's definitive portrayal of the monster.

Doctor Waldman: You have created a monster, and it will destroy you!

Frankenstein was a big success and Boris Karloff (1887-1969) became a horror icon, he would play the part in two more Universal Studio classics.

Tagline - Warning! The monster is loose!

IMDB rating 8.0

Mae Clarke and Boris Karloff in Frankenstein (1931)
Mae Clarke and Boris Karloff in Frankenstein (1931)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) poster
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) poster
Colin Clive, Elsa Lanchester and Ernest Thesiger in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Colin Clive, Elsa Lanchester and Ernest Thesiger in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Directed by James Whale. 75mins.

Henry Frankenstein - Colin Clive

The Monster - Boris Karloff.

The Bride - Elsa Lanchester.

Also starring Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger and Dwight Frye..

Dr. Pretorius: To a new world of gods and monsters!

Whale and Karloff's second Frankenstein movie, the monster learns to speak and a mate is created for him.

The Monster: We belong dead!

Many critics and film buffs regard Bride as superior to the original and one of the greatest horror films of all time.

Tagline - Warning! The Monster demands a Mate!

IMDB rating 8.0

Elsa Lanchester with Boris Karloff in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Elsa Lanchester with Boris Karloff in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Son of Frankenstein (1939) poster
Son of Frankenstein (1939) poster
Basil Rathbone in Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Basil Rathbone in Son of Frankenstein (1939)


Son of Frankenstein (1939) Directed by Rowland V. Lee. 99mins.

Baron Wolf von Frankenstein - Basil Rathbone.

The Monster - Boris Karloff.

Also starring Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill and Josephine Hutchinson.

Karloff's third and last stab as the monster in the Universal series and Lugosi's first appearance as the broken-necked Ygor.

IMDB rating 7.1

Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)

The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) Directed by Erle C. Kenton. 67mins.

Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein - Sir Cedric Hardwicke.

The Monster - Lon Chaney Jr.

Also starring Ralph Bellamy, Lionel Atwill, Bela Lugosi and Evelyn Ankers.

Lon Chaney Jr (1906-1973) was the only actor to play all four classic horror roles - Count Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy and the Frankenstein Monster.

Tagline - No Chains Can Hold Him! No Tomb Can Seal Him In!

IMDB rating 6.0

Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr in Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943) Publicity still
Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr in Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943) Publicity still

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) Directed by Roy William Neill. 74mins.

Dr, Mannering - Patric Knowles

The Monster - Bela Lugosi

Also starring Ilona Massey, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill and Lon Chaney Jr.

Dr. Mannering: I can't do it! I can't destroy Frankenstein's creation. I've got to see it at its full power!

Bela Lugosi (1882-1956) was originally offered the role of the monster in 1931 after starring as Dracula (1931), he refused the role because of the heavy make-up and the monster was mute. His rejection of the role turned Karloff into a horror superstar.

IMDB rating 6.4

Glenn Strange and Boris Karloff in House of Frankenstein (1944)
Glenn Strange and Boris Karloff in House of Frankenstein (1944)

House of Frankenstein (1944) Directed by Erle C. Kenton. 71mins.

Dr. Gustav Niemann - Boris Karloff

The Monster - Glenn Strange

Also starring Lon Chaney Jr, John Carradine, Anne Dwynne and Lionel Atwill.

The film included Dracula, the Wolfman and the Frankenstein Monster, but no descendants of Dr. Frankenstein.

Ullman: Don't kill me!
Dr. Niemann: Kill my trusted old assistant? Why, no. I'm going to repay you for betraying me; I'm going to give that brain of yours a new home in the skull of the Frankenstein monster.

Glenn Strange (1899-1973) was a veteran of many Western B-movies, he would play the monster in two more films.

Tagline: All the Screen's Titans of Terror - Together in the Greatest of All Screen Sensations!

IMDB rating 6.1

Onslow Stevens and Glenn Strange in House of Dracula (1945)
Onslow Stevens and Glenn Strange in House of Dracula (1945)

House of Dracula (1945) Directed by Erle C. Kenton. 67mins.

Dr. Franz Edelmann - Onslow Stevens.

The Monster - Glenn Strange.

Also starring John Carradine, Lon Chaney Jr, Lionel Atwill and Martha O'Driscoll.

No explanations as to how Dracula and the Wolfman survived their deaths in the previous film, they turn up as if nothing had happened.

During the fiery finale shots of the monster burning were borrowed from the end of Ghost of Frankenstein.

The last appearance of the monster in Universal's Frankenstein series, Glenn Strange would play the monster in one more movie, the comedy Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein (1948).

IMDB rating 5.7

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Publicity Still
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Publicity Still

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Directed by Charles Barton. 83mins.

Dr. Sandra Mornay - Lenore Aubert.

The Monster - Glenn Strange.

Also starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr and Jane Randolph.

Originally the Mummy was to have been included too. Abbott and Costello would meet the Mummy in a later movie. Lugosi, Chaney and Strange's last appearance as Dracula, Larry Talbot and the Monster.

The horror spoof was a big hit for Universal Studios.

Tagline - Jeepers! The creepers are after Bud and Lou!

IMDB rating 7.4

I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957) Publicity Still
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957) Publicity Still
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957) poster
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957) poster

I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957) Directed by Herbert L. Strock. 74mins.

Professor Frankenstein - Whit Bissell.

Teenage Monster - Gary Conway

Also starring Phyllis Coates and Robert Burton.

Frankenstein: Speak! I know you have a civil tongue in your head because I sewed it back myself.

A follow up to AIP's I Was a Teenage Werewolf which was a surprise hit a few months earlier.

Tagline - Body of a boy! Mind of a monster! Soul of an unearthly thing!

IMDB rating 4.8

Peter Cushing in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Peter Cushing in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Christopher Lee as the monster in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Christopher Lee as the monster in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) Directed by Terence Fisher. 82mins.

Baron Victor Frankenstein - Peter Cushing.

The Creature - Christopher Lee

Also starring Hazel Court and Robert Urquhart.

The success of Curse of Frankenstein and it's follow up "Dracula (1958)" turned Hammer Studios into the worlds leading producer of horror movies.

Hammer's 'Frankenstein', 'Dracula' and their sequels turned Peter Cushing (1913-1994) and Christopher Lee (1922-) into horror legends. Cushing would play the Baron in 5 more Hammer films.

IMDB rating 7.1

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1959) poster
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1959) poster

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) Directed by Terence Fisher. 89mins.

Victor Frankenstein - Peter Cushing

The Monster (Karl Immelmann) - Michael Gwynn

Also starring Francis Matthews and Eunice Gayson.

Hammer's sequel to Curse of Frankenstein with Cushing reprising his role as the Baron. Unlike the Universal Frankenstein series Hammer would introduce a different monster in each film.

Tagline - We Dare You To See It! We Double-Dare You To Forget It!

IMDB rating 6.8

Boris Karloff in Frankenstein 1970 (1958)
Boris Karloff in Frankenstein 1970 (1958)
Frankenstein 1970 (1958) poster
Frankenstein 1970 (1958) poster

Frankenstein 1970 (1958) Directed by Howard W. Koch. 83mins.

Baron Victor von Frankenstein - Boris Karloff

The Monster (Hans Himmler) - Mike Lane

Also starring Tom Duggan and Jana Lund.

This was the first and only time Boris Karloff played 'Frankenstein', while he had played Frankenstein's monster three times before he had never played a member of the Frankenstein family until this low budget horror.

IMDB rating 4.5

The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) Belgian poster
The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) Belgian poster

The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) Directed by Freddie Francis. 84mins.

Baron Victor Frankenstein - Peter Cushing

The Creature - Kiwi Kingston

Also starring Peter Woodthorpe, Duncan Lamont and Katy Wild.

Peter Cushing's third appearance as the Baron.

Since this film was being distributed by Universal studios in America, Hammer were allowed to make the monster look a little more like the Karloff version.

IMDB rating 6.0

Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) Lobby card
Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) Lobby card
Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) poster
Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) poster

Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) Directed by Ishiro Honda. 90mins.

Dr. James Bowen - Nick Adams

The Monster - Koji Furuhata

Also starring Tadao Takashima and Kumi Mizuno

A loonier than usual monster movie from Japan. The heart of the Frankenstein monster is stolen and taken to Japan where it is exposed to the radiation from the Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The heart survives the blast and somehow turrns into a feral young man with a flat head. Before long he starts to grow in size and goes on the rampage.

A sequel was released in 1966 titled War of the Gargantuas.

IMDB rating 4.0

Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965)
Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965)


Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965) Directed by Robert Gaffney. 79mins.

Frankenstein - Robert Reilly

The Monster - Bruce Glover

Also starring Marilyn Hanold and James Karen.

Regarded as one of the 50 worst films ever made, it includes Frankenstein, Martians, androids and lots of girls in bikinis so it can't be all bad.

Tagline - Warning! Beware their stare!

IMDB rating 3.0

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966)
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966)

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966) Directed by William Beaudine. 88mins.

Dr. Maria Frankenstein - Narsa Onyx

The Monster (Hank Tracy) - Cal Bolder

Also starring John Lupton and Jim Davis.

Shot in 8 days, this cheapie horror was released on a double bill with Billy the Kid vs Dracula, which was also directed by William Beaudine.

Actually Jesse James meets Frankenstein's granddaughter not his daughter, just nitpicking.

The old laboratory set from the Universal Frankenstein films was re-used and can be seen in full colour for the first time.

IMDB rating 2.6

Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) Japanese poster
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) Japanese poster

Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) Directed by Terence Fisher. 86mins.

Victor Frankenstein - Peter Cushing

The Monster (Christina) - Susan Denberg

Also starring Thorley Walters and Robert Morris.

Cushing's 4th turn as the mad Baron, bringing to life his prettiest monster to date - Susan Denberg - a former Playboy Playmate of the month.

Tagline - Now Frankenstein has created a beautiful woman with the soul of the Devil!

IMDB rating 6.5

Simon Ward, Freddie Jones and Peter Cushing in Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969)
Simon Ward, Freddie Jones and Peter Cushing in Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969)
Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969) German poster
Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969) German poster

Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969) Directed by Terence Fisher. 98mins.

Baron Victor Frankenstein - Peter Cushing

The Monster (Prof. Richter) - Freddie Jones.

Also starring Veronica Carlson and Simon Ward.

Boasting one of the best ever horror titles, an above average entry in the series with Cushing reprising his role as Frankenstein for the 5th time.

More evil than usual the Baron is the monster in this film, raping the leading lady at one point, a sequence Peter Cushing hated.

Tagline - More monsterous than the monsters he created!

IMDB rating 6.8

Ralph Bates and David Prowse in Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
Ralph Bates and David Prowse in Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) Directed by Jimmy Sangster. 95mins.

Victor Frankenstein - Ralph Bates.

The Monster - David Prowse.

Also starring Kate O'Mara, Veronica Carlson and Jon Finch.

Hammers attempt to reboot the Frankenstein series with a younger actor as the doctor, audiences stayed away and Peter Cushing was back in the next film.

David Prowse would play another monster in the next Hammer Frankenstein.

IMDB rating 5.6

David Prowse in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973)
David Prowse in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973) poster
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973) poster

Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973) Directed by Terence Fisher. 99mins.

Baron Victor Frankenstein - Peter Cushing.

The Monster - David Prowse.

Also starring Shane Briant and Madeline Smith.

Cushing's 6th and last appearance as Baron Frankenstein, it was also Hammers last Frankenstein movie.

David Prowse's 2nd version of the Monster, the body builder would find fame as Darth Vader in the Star Wars saga.

Tagline - His brain came from a genius. His body came from a killer. His soul came from hell!

IMDB rating 6.3

Frabkenstein The True Story (1973) poster
Frabkenstein The True Story (1973) poster


Frankenstein the True Story (1973) TV Movie. Directed by Jack Smight. 185mins.

Dr. Victor Frankenstein - Leonard Whiting.

The Creature - Michael Sarrazin.

Also starring James Mason, Jane Seymour and David McCallum.

An attempt at a classy adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel with the great James Mason playing Dr. Polidori or 'Polly Dolly' as the monster calls him. In a neat twist Frankenstein's monster starts off as a handsome young man who than begins to turn hideous as the story unfolds.

IMDB rating 7.4

Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)

Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) Also known as Andy Warhol's Frankenstein. Paul Morrissey. 95mins.

Baron Frankenstein - Udo Kier.

Male Monster - Srdjan Zelenovic

Female Monster - Dalila Di Lazzaro

Also starring Joe Dallesandro and Monique van Vooren.

Released on a double bill with Blood for Dracula, also directed by Paul Morrissey and starring Udo Kier and Joe Dallesandro.

Flesh for Frankenstein was filmed in 'Space-Vision' 3D. It contains plenty of gore, full frontal nudity and necrophilia. It was initially given a X cerificate in the U.S. 2 minutes were cut from the film so it could be released to theaters with an R rating.

Tagline - Brings The Horror Off The Screen... And Into Your Lap.

IMDB rating 5.6

Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein (1974)
Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein (1974)
Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein (1974)
Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein (1974)
Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein (1974)
Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein (1974)

Young Frankenstein (1974) Directed by Mel Brooks. 106mins.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein - Gene Wilder.

The Monster - Peter Boyle.

Also starring Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman and Madeline Kahn.

Frankenstein: For the experiment to be a success, all of the body parts must be enlarged.
Inga: In other vords: his veins, his feet, his hands, his organs vould all have to be increased in size.
Frankenstein: Exactly.
Inga: He vould have an enormous schwanzstucker.
Frankenstein: That goes without saying.
Inga: Voof.
Igor: He's going to be very popular.

Mel Brooks comedy classic, a horror spoof which beautifully sends up the old Universal Frankenstein films. The screenplay deservedly received an Oscar nomination.

Frankenstein: You know, I'm a rather brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that hump.
Igor: What hump?

IMDB rating 8.0

Frankenstein (1984) poster
Frankenstein (1984) poster



Frankenstein (1984) TV Movie. Directed by James Ormerod. 90mins.

Dr. Victor Frankenstein - Robert Powell.

The Creature - David Warner.

Also starring Carrie Fisher and John Gielgud.

According to the few who have seen this nearly obscure British TV movie David Warner is the best thing about it, playing a sympathetic creature who is disfigured from the electricity that brought him to life and looks like a burn victim.

IMDB rating 4.9

David Rappaport and Clancy Brown in The Bride (1985) Lobby Card
David Rappaport and Clancy Brown in The Bride (1985) Lobby Card
The Bride (1985) poster
The Bride (1985) poster

The Bride (1985) Directed by Franc Roddam. 118mins.

Baron Charles Frankenstein - Sting

The Monster (Viktor) - Clancy Brown.

The Bride (Eva) - Jennifer Beals.

Also starring Anthony Higgins, David Rappaport and Cary Elwes

Frankenstein creates a bride for his monster but falls in love with her himself and they flee the country with the enraged monster in pursuit.

Eva: You taught me out of books, but I have a life of my own. You didn't create me! You didn't create ME!
Baron Frankenstein: As a matter of fact... I did.

Tagline - Here Comes . . .The BRIDE

IMDB rating 5.1

The Monster Squad (1987)
The Monster Squad (1987)

The Monster Squad (1987) Directed by Fred Dekker. 82mins.

The Monster - Tom Noonan.

Also starring Andre Gower, Stephen Macht and Duncan Regehr.

There is no Frankenstein in the film just his monster, who for some strange reason is obeying the commands of Count Dracula, also in the monster team up is the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Gill-man.

Tom Noonan plays a sympathetic monster who befriends a little girl, Noonan played serial killer Francis Dollarhyde in Manhunter. the year before.

Tagline - The End of the World Starts at Midnight

IMDB rating 7.0

Frankenstein Unbound (1990) poster
Frankenstein Unbound (1990) poster

Frankenstein Unbound (1990) Directed by Roger Corman. 82mins.

Dr. Victor Frankenstein - Raul Julia.

The Monster - Nick Brimble.

Also starring John Hurt, Bridget Fonda and Jason Patric.

An interesting take on the story - a scientist from the year 2031 (John Hurt) gets caught in a rift in time and finds himself in Switzerland in 1817 where he meets both Mary Shelley (Bridget Fonda) and Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Raul Julia), his monster on the loose.

The Monster: You think that you have killed me. But I will be with you forever. I am unbound.

IMDB rating 5.2

Randy Quaid as the monster in Frankenstein (1992)
Randy Quaid as the monster in Frankenstein (1992)


Frankenstein (1992) TV Movie. Directed by David Wickes. 117mins.

Dr. Victor Frankenstein - Patrick Bergin.

The Monster - Randy Quaid.

Also starring John Mills, Fiona Gillies and Lambert Wilson.

Michael Caine had starred in Jack the Ripper and Jekyll & Hyde, two successful TV movies by director David Wickes but rejected the role of the monster for this film.

Randy Quaid, who usually plays an oaf in films, received positive reviews for his performance as the monster.

IMDB rating 5.3

Robert De Niro as the monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Robert De Niro as the monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) Directed by Kenneth Branagh. 123mins.

Victor Frankenstein - Kenneth Branagh.

The Creature - Robert De Niro.

Also starring Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter, Ian Holm and John Cleese.

After the worldwide success of Francis Coppola's 'Dracula' in 1992, Frankenstein was the next choice but Coppola decided to produce and not direct. Kenneth Branagh took over directing and playing the part of Dr. Frankenstein.

"The Creature" received the most publicity, played by Robert De Niro.

The film was Oscar nominated for Best Make Up.

Captain Walton: Who are you?
The Creature: [weeping] He never gave me a name.
Captain Walton: Why do you weep?
The Creature: He was my father.

The most expensive Frankenstein movie to date costing $45m, more than all the Hammer and Universal Frankensteins put together. The film grossed $112m worldwide.

IMDB rating 6.3

Luke Goss as the monster in Frankenstein (2004)
Luke Goss as the monster in Frankenstein (2004)
Frankenstein (2004) poster
Frankenstein (2004) poster

Frankenstein (2004) TV Movie. Directed by Kevin Connor. 204mins.

Victor Frankenstein - Alec Newman

The Creature - Luke Goss.

Also starring Julie Delpy, Donald Sutherland and William Hurt.

And yet another TV movie based on Mary Shelley's novel, this one coming in at a lengthy 204mins, three times the length of James Whale's Frankenstein.

This adaptation received good reviews and is fairly faithful to the novel.

Made for the Hallmark Channel.

Tagline - A classic tale of undying love.

IMDB rating 6.2

Shuler Hensley as the monster in Van Helsing (2004)
Shuler Hensley as the monster in Van Helsing (2004)
Van Helsing (2004) poster
Van Helsing (2004) poster

Van Helsing (2004) Directed by Stephen Sommers. 131mins.

Dr. Victor Frankenstein - Samuel West.

The Monster - Shuler Hensley.

Also starring Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, David Wenham and Richard Roxburgh.

Count Dracula needs the lifeforce of the Frankenstein monster to bring life to hundreds of vampire offspring which are born dead. None of this makes any sense at all but the film is an enjoyable monster romp featuring Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) encountering Mr. Hyde, various werewolves, Dracula and his vampire brides, Frankenstein's monster and Kate Beckinsale as a vampire slayer.

Anna Valerious: Oh, dear God! The Frankenstein Monster!
Frankenstein's Monster: Monster! Who's the monster here? I have done nothing wrong, yet you and your kind still wish me dead!

Van Helsing cost a hefty $160m and has grossed £300m worldwide.

IMDB rating 5.7

The Highest Rated Frankenstein Films

Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)

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Comments 11 comments

Domenick Dicce 4 years ago

I did not realize how many bad Frankenstein movies were our there. Is it wrong that Young Frankenstein is one of my favorite versions?


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

As always, thank you for this.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Domenick, Mhatter99, thanks for commenting, always appreciated.

Young Frankenstein is one of my favourites too. The three highest rated films on this page are Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein and Young Frankenstein, each get an 8.0 rating.

Lowest rated is Jesse James Meets Frankensteins Daughter.


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William F. Torpey 4 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

The original Frankenstein movies were very scary -- but very much enjoyed by me in the 1940s. I remember one evening back then when my hand hung down off my bed and I jumped up ... frightened that Frankenstein might be hiding under my bed! I saw all the early movies but none of the later ones. Good job.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Boris Karloff as the monster scared me as a child, my parents would let me stay up to watch Frankenstein and as soon as the monster appeared I was off and running towards my bedroom. A few years later I was collecting horror magazines and couldn't wait to record Frankenstein on video tape. :)

Thanks for commenting William.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

A very timely hub as Halloween is approaching very fast. As for the movies in the hub...I got off to a good start as I have seen many of the first 10.....but then.....nothing....except for Young Frankenstein and Monster Squad....it looks like I have some Frankenstein movies to watch.

The makeup job on DeNiro looks pretty impressive....it looks like Frankenstein has been involved in some unusual plot devices...Abbott and Costello I get....but Jesse James, a teenage Frankenstein and Conquering the World(I think the world could take him...especially with his problem with fire..lol)...not sure I can figure out how those movies got green lighted.

A very interesting historical look at Frankenstein and his movies...voted up and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for commenting on my Frankenstein hub Bruce, very much appreciated.

I've watched the Universal and Hammer Frankensteins many times over the years, it's been a while since I saw Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein.

There are six films on here I haven't seen - Frankenstein 1970, Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter and the 1984, 1992 and 2004 TV Movies.

Thanks for posting!


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Robwrite 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Hi Steve; I've seen almost all of these. Some were great, some were awful. I've been a Frankenstein fan since I was about five years old and first saw the 1931 Karloff film on TV. I sympathized with The Monster. To this day, he's my favorite movie creature.

Fun hub, great photos,

Rob


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hello Rob, thanks for commenting on my Frankenstein hub, much appreciated.

Boris Karloff's performance as the monster is still the best, he was so effective in the part. You only have to compare him to the lumbering monster with out-stretched arms played by Lugosi, Lon Chaney and Glenn Strange in the sequels with the same make-up to see how great he was. Karloff deserved an Oscar nomination


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Robwrite 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

True Steve, but I have to give Lugosi a 'get-out-of-jail' card on this one because he was just a victim of bad editing. The shooting-script for "Frankenstein meets the Wolfman" originally incorporated the fact that the Monster had gone blind in the previous film ("Ghost of Frankenstein") which is why Lugosi played the character the way he did with his arms outstretched and acting all uncoordinated. Sadly, the over-eager editors clipped out all references to his blindness, which made Lugosi's performance seem so bad.

Chaney and Strange have no excuse.

Rob


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for that bit of info Rob, I seem to remember he went blind after Ygors brain was inserted into the monster in Ghost of Frankenstein. Lugosi played Ygor and in the next film he played the monster with Ygor's brain, there is symmetry there. :)

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