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…

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) – Terence Fisher

  We jump across the pond for the next Frankenstein instalment for the Sci-Fi Chronicles. I’ve previously reviewed their first title, The Curse of Frankenstein, so today I’m looking at Hammer’s second Frankenstein film, which sees returning star Peter Cushing reprising his role as Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein escapes the guillotine with the aid of his loyal hunchback servant,…

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – Charles Barton

  The Frankenstein cycle in the Sci-Fi Chronicles books takes a quirky turn (and not for the last time) into comedy as the Monster tests out his comedy feet in this Universal classic that was my introduction to the original monsters. Costello’s brain is up for grabs as Wilbur (Costello) is watched over by Sandra…

Trailer Tracks: The Monster Squad (1987) – Fred Dekker

  Man, do I remember THIS movie, written by Shane Black, with creature effects by the legendary Stan Winston… Who wouldn’t want to be in a Monster Squad? And these kids get to take on Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, Wolfman, the Creature and the Mummy!!