“A visit to a cinema is an outing, breaking the monotony of an afternoon or evening; it gives a change from the surroundings of home, however pleasant. “
1931 Movie with Boris Karloff – James Whale adapted the novel Frankenstein in 1931 and unleashed an endless tidal wave of Halloween decorations, breakfast cereals, and Sesame Street cartoons in the process. He did it so well that the line between his work and Shelley’s is now completely blurred, with Karloff’s monster claiming the limelight while in the original text he acted as second banana. This movie changed the face of Halloween and just because it’s not true to Shelley’s work doesn’t mean it’s not an awesome horror movie.
1974 Movie with Gene Wilder – Gene Wilder is Dr. Frederick von Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-shteen”), the grandson of the famous Dr. Victor Frankenstein who arrives in Transylvania to settle his famous ancestor’s affairs only to fall back into the family business, Wilder keeps a lid on his trademark manic intensity just long enough to make it even funnier when he tips over the edge. Movie creator Brooks’ silliness here is grounded in a deep love for the original Universal monster movie (though he can’t take all the credit: Wilder co-wrote the script, and the cast improvised many of the jokes). That love goes well beyond filming in black and white: most of the equipment in Dr Frankenstein’s lab came from the original 1931 Frankenstein, while many of the film’s classic scenes and characters are direct parodies.
Enjoy both movies during our October MOVIE month.