Frankenstein (1910) – J. Searle Dawley

The mad scientist chapter of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book would be remiss if it didn’t cite one of the most deranged men of science ever created, Frankenstein. And what better way to celebrate than look at the first filmed version of the story created by Edison Studios back in 1910. Using Mary…

Van Helsing (2004) – Stephen Sommers

After his fairly positive success with two Mummy movies, and the cult favorite Deep Rising, Stephen Sommers looked to do an homage to the Universal Monsters and hopefully launch a new tentpole franchise with the Hugh Jackman led Van Helsing. This is the next recommendation from DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies by John Landis,…

Gods and Monsters (1998) – Bill Condon

The bio-pic, Gods and Monsters, is the next film on the What Else to Watch list, for Bride of Frankenstein, from DK Canada’s The Movie Book. The film chronicles the last days, as well as life and career of director James Whale, played brilliantly by Ian McKellen. The legendary film maker, perhaps best known for…

The Mummy (1932) – Karl Freund

Somehow in my exposure to the Universal Monsters, and classic films I had missed this Boris Karloff classic that allowed the Mummy (Karloff) to join the ranks of such classic monsters as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Now, thanks to DK Canada’s The Movie Book,…

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – Henry Selick

  The final recommendation from The Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of It’s A Wonderful Life is this modern day cult classic, that has found its way into the mainstream consciousness and has been stuck there since the film’s initial release, celebrating Christmas and Halloween in that macabre and…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Brain of Morbius

  The Doctor (Baker) find himself in a riff on the classic Frankenstein story in this four part story written by Robin Bland (a pseudonym for Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes). The story ran from 3 January to 24 January, 1976. The Doctor and Sarah-Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) still haven’t arrived in London, in fact the…

Revival (2014) – Stephen King

  This past Christmas, my mother picked me up the latest Stephen King novel, Revival. I’d seen it in stores, had read the flap, but wasn’t quite sure where I stood on this one, but, as of yet, the man hasn’t really disappointed, so I finally dug into this one. The first three-quarters is filled…

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) – Kenneth Branagh

  The final version of Frankenstein to be suggested for viewing by the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is this 1994 adaptation by actor/writer/director Kenneth Branagh. He takes on this version of the tale by¬†creating a lush and beautiful looking period film. Despite the films he would later make, this one feels restrained, not quite stuffy but…

Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus (1818) – Mary Shelley

  So having spent some time with the cinematic incarnations of Frankenstein and his creature, I thought, as it was mentioned in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, that I would revisit the original tale, on which all of them found their inspiration. I hadn’t read the original tale since 1984, when it was on a list…

Young Frankenstein (1974) – Mel Brooks

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book has been very enjoyable so far, and I’m still at the beginning of the massive tome! It was with great joy that I settled in to watch Mel Brook’s homage and send-up of the Universal Frankenstein films. Gene Wilder headlines a laugh-infused cast, that is just a joy to watch,…

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) – Terence Fisher

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles brings me to yet another entry into the Hammer horror films, this time it is Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. While gaudy and blood soaked Technicolor bring us back to the world of Frankenstein, again played by a restrained Peter Cushing, who plays the character stronger this time, a sharp wit, devious…

The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) – Freddie Francis

  I spend some more time with the Frankenstein mythos as I continue to delve into the fantastic Sci-Fi Chronicles book. This time around, I found that The Evil of Frankenstein seemed to be the weakest installment in the Hammer series (that I’ve seen so far) and seemed almost to be a mirror of some…