Matthew Monagle: Unlike a lot of horror fans, my interest in the genre didn’t begin with relaxed parenting or a questionable ID policy at the local video store. The only real video store in my hometown was a family-owned blockbuster, and my parents did their best to keep our house horror-free until I was old enough to allow myself into an R-rated feature at the theater.
Once that bridge was crossed, though, there was no going back.
As a college student a few years later, I would take advantage of a Halloween choir trip to force a bunch of friends to watch my DVD of is about three monsters, two of which are human. Frankenstein, is so lost in his ego and desire to create he can’t be stopped.
He’s both an admirable and monstrous figure, played with a devilish charm by Oscar Isaac.
The difference between the imagery when Victor is talking about his childhood, and after he has created the monster is very noticeable.
The visual imagery shifts to show the change in victor, and in the mood of the book.“In a solitary chamber, or rather cell, at the top of the house, and separated from all the other apartments by a gallery and staircase, I kept my workshop of filthy creation: my eyeballs were starting from their sockets in attending to the details of my employment”(page 41).Another example of this is on pages 40-41 when Victor says “Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world” and on page 42 when he says “Winter, spring, and summer passed away during my labors; but I did not watch the blossom or the expanding leaves- sights which before always yielded me supreme delight- so deeply was I engrossed in my occupation”.As the story progresses, the imagery begins to become darker to show how Victors pursuit of knowledge is dangerous.The visual imagery becomes darkest after Victor creates…Before Victor leaves for Ingolstadt, and before he starts creating the monster, the visual imagery is much brighter, and much happier.You see examples of this on page 22 when Victor is talking about his little sister.This has led us here, for an exploration of some off the oddest, most interesting and downright lovable riffs on Mary Shelley’s Dr. Some are direct adaptations, others are in spirit, but all have that basic fabric that Shelley created with her book published in 1818. Feel free to join us in the comments section below.Neil Miller: captures the heart of the Frankenstein tale without ever really getting too far into the darker elements of the story.The script keeps the gags coming, and while James Lorinz isn’t much of an actor he’s something of a dryly comic savant.The film is ridiculous fun that uses Shelley’s template to tell its own goofy story, and the only thing it’s missing is a sequel.