October 23, 2013 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2013: Night #5 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
I've always had a soft spot for the novel--the first sci-fi horror. This movie version is a great adaptation that doesn't stray too far. The look of the entire movie is something to behold whether it's disease ridden slums, or the Frankenstein mansion, or the icebound exploration ship. In case you don't know anything about the story, it begins with a boy who will become a doctor. He won't just be any doctor though, he wants to cure death, and he's not afraid to sew pieces of corpses together to make a man. It's no spoiler that he succeeds and it's from there that things spiral even further out of control. You have to see it.
This version of Frankenstein is directed by Kenneth Branagh. Kenneth also stars in the film as Victor Frankenstein. His bride-to-be is played by Helena Bonham Carter. Helena can be heard as the title character in Corpse Bride (2005) (movie). She also does an amazing turn in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) (movie). Now hold onto your hats. The monster is played by Robert De Niro! As you'd expect, he's awesome. [The monster has no name; Frankenstein is the mad doctor.] Also keep an eye out for John Cleese as one of the doctors/professors at the school Victor Frankenstein attends. Lastly, Ian Holm from Alien (1979) (movie) plays Victor's father.