A double bill of classic James Whale horror. 'Frankenstein' is Whale's 1931 version of Mary Shelley's ghost story which made a star of Boris Karloff as the tragic monster. Scientist Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) has become alienated from his friends and bride-to-be through his obsessive determination to create life. Frankenstein has created a monster out of body parts acquired by his dwarfish assistant, Fritz (Dwight Frye), and succeeds in giving it life during an electrical storm. However, due to a mistake by Fritz, the creature possesses the brain of a killer, and after the dwarf torments it to breaking point Frankenstein's creation escapes and goes on the rampage, terrorising the local community. Whilst his 1935 sequel 'The Bride of Frankenstein' begins with the work's author, Mary Shelley (Elsa Lanchester), revealing to Lords Byron and Shelley that there is still more of the tale to be told... Scientist Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) is recuperating from the events of the first film, believing his creation (Boris Karloff) to have been destroyed in a fire, when he receives a visit from his former mentor Dr Praetorius. Praetorius wishes Frankenstein to resume his experiments, but the latter refuses. When Praetorius discovers the monster, alive and now able to communicate, he uses it to kidnap Frankenstein's wife, thus blackmailing him into creating a mate. Followed by 'Son of Frankenstein' (1939).
Release Date: 31 May 2010
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Worth buying because the two stories are linked
If you've only seen one of them and don't see the point of two remember, the story continues from the first to the second. If you haven't seen either of them and the age puts you off it would be wrong to dismiss them as old hat. There are genuine scary moments in both.