Great Frankenstein FilmsBy RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies
I thought we should make a fun list this time with a popular character. So I decided to do Frankenstein Monster. One of the oldest and most recognizable movie characters ever presented on film. But let’s not just list great movies, but great versions of the iconic monster. The films will be classic, but that will take a back seat to the star.
Since I am a sophisticated modern intellectual(yea I laughed too.), we will be looking at different versions and variations. Naturally, this list is in no way in any particular order. Just influential movies(mostly) and great versions of our favorite Monster.
The big daddy of Frankenstein movies. The iconic Universal Movie version represents the panicle of identification. Everyone identifies this version of the monster. With an unlimited showcase of movies and TV shows to choose from, you can find a personal favorite.
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN 1935
The big daddy needs a girlfriend, and we got that in the second installment. For a character with so little screen time, the Bride is just as iconic as the Monster. Having only one movie, she has become an iconic character in later years.
THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN 1957
Hammer can achieve one thing well. Giving us a monstrosity. The Frankenstein of Hammer is the opposite of Universal. It was a vehicle for Doctor Frankenstein instead of the creation. But the creatures we get run the broad range of monsters to beauty depending on which film you are watching.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW 1975
Did someone say blonde sculpted tanned sex slave? Well, the monster named Rocky was created for that exact reason. Having a superstrong cult following, we get songs, macabre, and science fiction. Who could ask for anything more.
Well, it’s a Frank Henenlotter film, so there you go. What do you get when you have an amateur scientist who accidently kills his girlfriend, then takes parts of hookers to rebuild her? This movie. An instant “B” classic.
Why not? Who hasn’t wished you could reanimate a beloved pet dog after they have died? Well, that is the idea here. It is a new rethinking of the classic tale, with heart. Besides the idea of a Frankenstein dog is a cool idea.
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN 1974
Not exactly Victor Frankenstein, but his Grandson Fredrick. Nor is it the monster but a new monster. But who cares, this is one of the most acclaimed comedies of all time. Mel Brooks is a genius. Taking from the Shelly book and every Frankenstein movie ever made anywhere; he has provided us a film where every scene is lively of laughs and quotable scenes.
MONSTER SQUAD 1987
This is a film that Universal fans have been begging for since the 1940s. Get every classic monster together, and we ultimately get just that. And it is incredible. Naturally Frankenstein steals the whole movie since he is helping the kids who are fighting the monsters. A gentle giant with a heart. And he can and does kick some butt.
FRANKENSTEIN THE TRUE STORY 1973
I was debating on listing this one but why not. If you ever inquired what the story would be like if it were factual, then this is it. No horror or theatrical settings, just an honest retelling. And that’s why it is a refreshing and pleasant addition to the Frankenstein mythos.