Happy Birthday, Frankenstein.

Saw the other day that Frankenstein is 200 years old, with Marry Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Or The Modern Prometheus first published in 1818.

The great Boris Karloff.

So here’s to Dr. Frankenstein, his monster, the monster’s bride, and anybody who ever helped bring the many Frankenstein movies to the screen — particularly the Universal and Hammer films.

Peter Cushing sits while his monster (Christopher Lee) hangs around.

It was a very shrewd move for Hammer to focus their series on the doctor and his misadventures rather than inviting strict comparisons to the Universal classics, which would be very hard to top. And, of course, casting Peter Cushing in the role was simply inspired.

So happy 200th, Frankie. You’re holding up pretty well.

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Filed under Abbott & Costello, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Glenn Strange, Hammer Films, Jack Pierce, James Whale, Peter Cushing, Terence Fisher, Universal (-International)

One response to “Happy Birthday, Frankenstein.

  1. walter

    Toby, yes the story of Frankenstein’s Creature has held up pretty well, indeed. The story was birthed by a teen-aged girl, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley. She was 18 years-old when she started writing the Gothic Novel and 19 years-old when she finished. The novel was first published anonymously on January 1, 1818. The longevity of this Gothic/horror/science fiction novel is remarkable. The novel has never been out of print. Happy 200th Birthday.

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