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Happy 200th, Frankenstein

On a dark and stormy night 200 years ago, Mary Shelley created Frankenstein. Traveling through Europe, visiting among other places Frankenstein Castle near Darmstadt, Germany, together with her future husband Percy, Lord Byron and the writer John Polidori, Shelley came up with the idea of a scientist who finds a way to reanimate a corpse. … Continue reading Happy 200th, Frankenstein

The Invisible Man: Terror Out of Sight

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN! Claude Rains reportedly once said that it was Michael Curtiz who showed him what not to do in front of a camera. Having come from the theater, Rains may have had a few exaggerated mannerisms, but that was certainly not a problem in his first American film. Except for the … Continue reading The Invisible Man: Terror Out of Sight

Bride of Frankenstein: They Belong Dead

A MATE… FOR THE MONSTER!   Perhaps the filmmakers felt that their original adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” came up short. The film was inspired by the novel, but left out much of the plot in favor of a simpler storyline. One of the ingredients that never made it into the first film was the … Continue reading Bride of Frankenstein: They Belong Dead