Genre Guesstimation – Frankenstein (1931)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Darren of Movie Reviews 101 and it is Zombie Films

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Zombie Films.

“Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. It’s alive… It’s alive, it’s moving, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, IT’S ALIVE! ” – Dr. Henry Frankenstein

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A scientist creates a new life form from body parts of dead bodies.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have known about for decades yet never had the chance to actually see what the original story was all about.

Boris Karloff is classic as the monster in this film and there is no doubt that his performance has been copied so many times over the almost 9 decades since this film was first released.

The question many of you may have tho is probably why do I classify this iconic monster film as a Zombie Film and the answer is quite simple; Frankenstein seems to be the basis for much of the characteristics of Zombies in so many films.

To get a better idea of how this film fits the genre, check out this great article in Esquire about the10 best Zombie films ever.

This film takes the ideas of Mary Shelley and presents them so well on screen for us to see how things play out.

The story itself works quite well here and the fact that they don’t feel the need to go into much detail about the technical or scientific aspects of the story is superbly done because they get the viewer understand it all exactly how it appears onscreen and at face value.

This story is quite a tragic one and remains very interesting to watch especially since it is truly one of the very first horror films ever made.

Bottom Line – Excellent film that takes such a great idea and presents it so well on screen. There is a debate as to whether this film truly is the first Zombie film and I believe that it is.  The story works really well and doesn’t spend too much time trying to explain technical and scientific aspects of the plot and lets us just understand it all on a surface level which is great. Karloff is superb in the main role of the Monster and his version of the character has been copied so many times over the nearly 90 years since this film was made. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During production there was some concern that seven-year-old Marilyn Harris, who played Maria, the little girl thrown into the lake by the creature, would be overly frightened by the sight of Boris Karloff in costume and make-up when it came time to shoot the scene. When the cast was assembled to travel to the location, Marilyn ran from her car directly up to Karloff, who was in full make-up and costume, took his hand and asked “May I drive with you?” Delighted, and in typical Karloff fashion, he responded, “Would you, darling?” She then rode to the location with “The Monster.”. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely, Yes, I know this is borderline zombie film, but it’s true that if this was never made, there is a chance that the genre wouldn’t have taken off.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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