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A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!

A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!
Recommended for devolved primates only!

Thursday, October 25, 2012


 The most iconic horror movie ever? probably.  The most remade movie ever? very possibly.  What's for sure is it's the one that kick-started(along with DRACULA) the whole classic monster series that led to a zillion monster-obsessed kids including myself.  I first viewed this as a young fellow early one Halloween morning as part of an all-day classic monster movie marathon where some fuzzy UHF channel was showing all the Universal greats in order.  I think that might have been the perfect introduction for me.  Before that I knew about Frank from reading tons of Famous Monsters magazines and any books I could find on the subject of horror films.  Of course even if I didn't do any of that avoiding the imagery of Frankenstein's monster would have been impossible since the character has become as symbolic over the years as Superman or Mickey Mouse.  A poster-monster for awkward youth and alienation.  It's hard not to feel at least a little sympathy for old Frank.
 Reviewing a movie like this today is kinda ridiculous since anyone that appreciates cinema of any sort and has half a brain would have to acknowledge this film as a milestone for what it did in it's era and beyond.  Boris Karloff, Colin Clive and Dwight Frye are all amazing and it's a film that will be around long after everyone who had anything to do with it is long gone.  Also you get to see a little kid killed and that's a rare thing in American films even today.  It's too bad kids today will never get the chance to stumble across this playing on a dark and rainy Halloween morning.  Maybe kids in the future will have it directly downloaded into their subconscious.
 I caught this last night at a big screen showing along with it's arguably superior sequel and felt lucky to finally get a chance to view it closer to the way it was intended.  

Re-release trailer:

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