Reviewing Classics: Frankenstein (1931) and I Walked With a Zombie (1943)


I’ve seen many adaptations of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, from the big screen to the stage. I watched this classic version for the first time this week, and unfortunately, I was rather disappointed. Although, like the majority of classic horror films (or classic films in general), I can appreciate the movie for how it must have been received at the time, it seems to me (a huge fan of this chilling tale) as if James Whale read Mary Shelley’s novel and completely missed the point. He strips the story of all its deeper questions about humanity and what really makes a monster, everything that makes it so compelling, and even does away with everything that makes the scientist such an intriguing and complex character (He even switches Victor Frankenstein’s first name with that of his friend, Henry Clerval. Why? I’ve yet to think of a good reason). This adaptation seemed…

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