Frankenstein is a 1910 16 minute silent, horror, monster, suspense, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, live action movie. It was directed and written by J. Searle Dawley, distributed by Edison Manufacturing Company, produced by Edison Manufacturing Company and Thomas Edison, and it starred Augustus Phillips, Charles Ogles, and Mary Fuller. It is the earliest book to screen adaptation of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein that still exists today. For many years it was considered to be a lost film until it was eventually found in a private collection and released on VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray.
Why It Rocks
- It is the earliest book to screen adaptation of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein that still exists today, even before the more popular version with Boris Karloff and Universal Studios.
- Great acting for a silent movie.
- The way Frankenstein creates the monster in this movie is kind of interesting and funny. Insteaed of stitching a bunch of body parts from different animals together he just throws a bunch of chemicals into a pot.
- The scratchy look of the screen, which was common in films at the time helped to improve the atmosphere.
- Even though the movie doesn't hold up the best, they did a great job, for the time, of condencing the original novel into the length that they needed and getting the point across, which is very impressive.
- The special effects are interesting, and possibly even groundbreaking, for their time.
- This movie hasn't aged very well. It' will only likely be enjoyed by hardcore horror fans who are interested in not only horror's history, but also what the first existing adaptation of Frankenstein is.