Here are interesting facts about the evolution of Frankestein’s monster! Enjoy!
- In 1910, the Edison Company made a movie of 15 minutes based on Shelley’s novel. The short film focused mostly on the creature’s creation and reanimation. The film was a success and it wasremade in 1931 by Universal.
- The creature characterized by the 1930s and 1950s is the monster that influenced the most popular culture.
- In 1931, the actor Boris Karloff played Frankenstein’s creature. Because of him, people associate stiched forehead, green skin, and neck electrodes as physical characteristics to the monster.
- The Bride of Frankenstein was made in 1935 and inspired by the movie of 1931. The movie is considered closer to the original story than the movie, in which the creature is played by Karloff.
- Universal also released Son of Frankenstein, Ghost of Frankenstein, and Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein. However, they portrayed the creature as a murderer with an inability to speak .
- In the 1960s and 1970s, Shelley’s monster is characterized as less serious and scary than before. He became mostly used for comic relief. The monster started to appear in TV shows and the original situations described in Shelly’s novel about Frankenstein and his creature are modified.
- The Addams Family‘s character Lurch, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The Munster‘s character Herman Munster are parodies of the creature.
- During the 1980s and the 1990s, the new adaptations of the novel contained more characteristics described in Shelley’s novel than before but new ideas are also integrated. The popular culture of the 1980s and 1990s linked the old and modern concepts of the creature.
- Shelley’s Creature (1985) is a play in which the creature is not entirely a monster. He is more human.
- Frankenstein Unbound (1991) is a movie about a scientist who creates a weapon to kill monsters. The main character uses a time-travel machine to try to prevent Frankenstein to create his monster. However, he fails. By killing Frankenstein’s creature, his weapon also ends up destroying the world.
- Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) is a movie in which Frankenstein’s monster is showed with human characteristics. The monster is literate and intelligent. The movie keeps details from the original novel and integrates ideas from popular culture.
- Science Fiction became very popular in the late 20th century. Shelley’s novel influenced various modern movies, such as Van Helsing, , Victor Frankenstein, and I, Frankenstein.
“A History of Classic Monsters: Frankenstein’s creature.” The Central Rappahannock Regional Library, http://www.librarypoint.org/history_of_classic_monsters_frankensteins_ creature. Accessed 4 April 2017.