James Whale’s classic version of Mary Shelley’s ghost story made a star of Boris Karloff as the tragic monster. Scientist Henry Frankenstein 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, 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.
This is known as one of the most influential first horror films to come on the scene. It is a classic. Boris Karloff is brilliant, particularly as he never actually speaks.
For some audiences, the black and white film and the slower pace of the film might be a struggle.