A mad scientist pieces together a living being from
various other body parts taken from exhumed corpses.
Directed by James Whale
Written by Garrett Ford and Francis Edward Faragoh
Starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles,
Edward Van Sloan, Frederick Kerr, Dwight Frye
Based on the novel by Mary Shelley
"It's alive! It's alive!" As these infamous words were uttered by Colin Clive in this 1931 classic, the genre of horror was changed forever and a new star emerged in the form of Boris Karloff. Never has there been a better retelling of this classic tale of obsession and power over God. Frankenstein remains to this day one of the most important movies in film history.
Before this film was released, nothing like it had ever been seen before. The guttural roar of the creature, its tall and lanky form, and most of all its flat, dead face with its haunting eyes. Frankenstein's Monster has since become a pop culture icon due to Karloff's uncanny performance that will never be replicated.
Without this film, horror would never have been pushed to go the extra mile, to become truly terrifying. Classic films like The Exorcist, Alien, and even modern horror like the Saw franchise all owe what they are to Frankenstein. It has remained unsettling to this day as it was one of the first films to show the ever-widening rabbit hole that is madness. If you haven't seen it at least once, it needs to be on your must-watch list asap.