1931 Frankenstein....

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Warped9, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. Admiral Buzzkill

    Admiral Buzzkill Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Same here. I'm not quite so fond of Chaney, though, who strikes me as much more limited a performer than Karloff or even Lugosi - though he was certainly a better Frankenstein's monster than Lugosi was. Okay, so was Glenn Strange.

    Lugosi supposedly passed on playing the Monster in the original film, objecting to the make-up. Evidently his career choices were somewhat more limited by the time the fourth or fifth sequel rolled around.

  2. Icemizer

    Icemizer Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 29, 2008
    Lugosi was brilliant as Igor in Son of Frankenstein, of course it helps to play off of Rathbone. Love the Wolfman best. Chaney hits it perfectly and you really feel for the charceter. Something totaly absent from the recent remake.
  3. Chemahkuu

    Chemahkuu Admiral Admiral

    Dec 23, 2004
    United Kingdom
    I didn't bother with the rest, just the 1931 Dracula individually.
  4. Forbin

    Forbin Admiral Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    I said out, dammit!
  5. Admiral Buzzkill

    Admiral Buzzkill Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    It's rather remarkable that Universal's Frankenstein led to quite a few generally well-regarded sequels - some better, some worse - and their Dracula petered out rather quickly (okay, okay, like Lon Chaney all you want to but you can't claim that his turn as "Count Alucard" was either his or the bloodsucker's finest hour :lol:). Particularly so when you see how much more continually renewable variations of Dracula have been in popular culture since then.
  6. Indysolo

    Indysolo Commodore Commodore

    Mar 19, 2001
    Sunny California
    The quantum leap in filmmaking technique between Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein is startling. Frankenstein is creaky. It's not a bad film, but it's an early talkie and you can see that they were just figuring out the format. Bride is a slick Hollywood production that improves on the original in every way.

    I'm toying with going to that screening tonight, but I know traffic is going to be a nightmare worthy of the Frankenstein monster.

  7. kkozoriz1

    kkozoriz1 Fleet Captain

    Sep 1, 2006
    Centrelea, Nova Scotia
    Watch out for the villagers with pitchforks and torches!
  8. Velocity

    Velocity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 19, 2001
    In the back of beyond
    My husband's great uncle (Russel Gausman) was the set decorator for this film as well as other horror films and he won an oscar for set decoration for one of them, Phantom of the Opera, I think. I saw it (the award) at his uncle's house, but that was many years ago.

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