A brand new Frankenstein movie is coming out and the film has a new name and synopsis. Unlike most of the movies about the Monster, this film will actually be about the scientist, known in this film as Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein. To make that point, the film will actually be called “Victor Frankenstein” and will take place from the point-of-view of the hunchback assistant Igor.
The film stars the former Harry Potter in Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” star James McAvoy as Frankenstein. Instead of being just about Frankenstein creating the Monster, this movie will follow Igor’s life as the assistant who helps Victor as they prepare to make history. With the new angle on the Frankenstein saga about to unfold, here is a look at the past of the great and legendary movie monster.
The classic horror novel by Mary Shelley was turned into a silent film in the early era of movies, but the breakthrough came in 1931 with the original “Frankenstein” movie by James Whale. While that movie is a true classic, the masterpiece of the Frankenstein franchise came in 1935 with the sequel “Bride of Frankenstein,” a movie that transcended the typical monster movie, infusing it with a wicked sense of humor as well. In some interesting trivia, Igor never made his first appearance until 1939 with “Son of Frankenstein.”
Most of the horror movies died when World War II started up. Science fiction movies took over after that and horror remained dead until 1957 when Hammer Horror revived the classic Universal Monsters. With actors like Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing leading the way, Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster both made triumphant returns. In 1957, “The Curse of Frankenstein” revived the classic monster and scientist for a brand new generation.
There has also been a huge number of films that paid homage to Frankenstein and the Monster over the years. Easily the best comedy featuring the Monster came in 1974 with the Mel Brooks’ comedy “Young Frankenstein.” In this movie, Gene Wilder plays Frankenstein while Peter Boyle played the Monster to great comic effect. In 2012, Tim Burton brought his passion project to the big screen with “Frankenweenie” where a young boy named Frankenstein brings his beloved dog back to life.