Frankenstein (1818)

Creators

Mary Shelley (writer).

Categorization

Science fiction.

Subject

The first monster in literary history who points an accusing finger at its own human creator.

Commentary

Several good ideas, but the writer’s youth and inexperience make for a lot of plot holes and digressions.

References here: “The Phantom Coach” (1864), “The Outsider” (1926), Re-Animator (1985).

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Adaptation:

Frankenstein (1931) IMDb

References here: The Mummy (1932), “Bosko’s Mechanical Man” (1933).

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Sequel:

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) IMDb

Commentary

Less formulaic, but now with comic relief and even more Christian redemptionism. That scene with the three Romantic writers implies the 1931 film had much to do with the novel, a common false belief. Also boobs.

References here: “Ravishing of Frank N. Stein” (1982).

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Parody:

Young Frankenstein (1974) IMDb