Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Frankenstein Blog-a-thon: Closing Thoughts

Over the course of the past two months I have watched a total of eleven films based on Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. They all had very different ways of bringing the story to life with some varying degrees of success. I've quite enjoyed seeing all these different versions of the story and even though there are still more Frankenstein movies that I have not seen, I feel that it is time to bring this Blog-a-thon to a close. Honestly, as much as I love the story I think I have burned myself out on Frankenstein for now.

It didn't really surprise me that my favorite of the bunch was Frankenstein (1931). It is a very well made movie and Boris Karloff is great as the creature. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) follows behind at a close second. I know a lot of people actually prefer Bride but to me it added some unneeded camp that actually detracted from the story in my opinion. It did however manage to have a lot of heart and add some interesting elements to the story.

I would say that Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) was probably the most unique of the Frankenstein movies that I watched. It took a very different approach to the story in that there was no actual creature and the story focused more on Victor Frankenstein. While I wouldn't rank it as one of my favorite Frankenstein films, I appreciate the unique approach that it took. It managed to keep a lot of the feelings and themes of the story in tact even though it vastly changed the plot. I guess in the end it is more of a sequel to the known story of Frankenstein than it is an adaptation and in that way it works very well.

I would say the biggest surprise of this Blog-a-thon came from 1992 Frankenstein TV movie starring Randy Quaid. While this was not actually a very good version of the story it did a couple things that really impressed me. First, Randy Quaid was incredible as the creature. In my opinion he gave an even better performance than Robert Deniro. The other interesting thing this version managed was to create a unique method for the creation of the creature. The creation method employed by Victor Frankenstein had not changed much since the 1931 version of the film but this version managed to take a chance and do something unique and interesting.

I think the most disappointing version I watched was Frankenstein: The True Story (1973). I had kind of assumed from the title that it would follow the book more closely than the versions that had preceded it. This version ended up taking just as many liberties with the stories as every version that had come before it though. The only difference here was that the changes made to the story in this version were not at all interesting. Overall it was just a very boring telling of the story. It wasn't quite as bad as Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) but then that one was never meant to be a serious attempt to adapt the story.

There are still a few more versions of Frankenstein that I need to see. Eventually I would like to see the rest of the films in the Hammer Frankenstein series. Andy Worhal's Flesh For Frankenstein (1973) is also on my list of Frankenstein movies to eventually see. The Bride (1985) starring Sting was also recommended to me and I will hopefully get around to watching it as well. There was also a TV movie based on Dean Koontz's Frankenstein novels starring Parker Posey that I would like to watch as well. In that case though, I may try to read the books first and see how they are.

Also, while doing my research for different films to watch during this blog-a-thon I ran across rumors of two Frankenstein remakes in the works. It seems that both Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein are on the list of films to be remade. Any news out there about these movies is strictly rumor so there isn't much to report on them. However, I did find one of these rumors to be very interesting. Apparently Guillermo del Toro is interested in putting his stamp on the story of Frankenstein. I would actually be quite interested to see what he does with the story. He has a unique visual style that I think would be great and he seems like the kind of director that could put his own interesting spin on the story.

I've really enjoyed watching these films and writing about them for this blog-a-thon. It was the first time that I really put a lot of long-term effort into creating something for my blog and I think it turned out really well. I was really glad to see that I got a pretty good response and that has made me want to do another blog-a-thon at some point in the future. I'll just have to think of another topic that would be as awesome as Frankenstein.

So, thank you all my wonderful readers for checking out the Frankenstein Blog-a-thon. I hope that now that it is over you will still stick around and see what else I have to say about other films.

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