2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic, Frankenstein. Seen here are some of the many drawings I’ve done of the ol’ Monster from my top five favorite Frankenstein films:
"Son of Frankenstein" (1939)
A lot of snobby critics seem to think that only James Whale could make good Frankenstein movies for Universal, but I'd still make the argument that Rowland V. Lee's entry is far superior. It boasts a smart story, beautiful art direction, and amazing performances by Basil Rathbone, Lionel Atwill, and especially Bela Lugosi as Ygor. Although some folks may be upset that Boris Karloff isn't at the center of attention for this movie he still gets his best moment ever as the Monster when he discovers the death of a certain character...
"Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein" (1948)
Possibly the best of the 'A&C meet the Monsters' films (heck, maybe even the best A&C film period), this horror-comedy was a strangely fitting end to the Universal Frankenstein series and remains a fan favorite to this day.
"Frankenstein Conquers the World" (1965)
While I do admit my favorite parts of this movie are the 'bonus' kaiju (Baragon and Oodako), they really are just the 'dessert'; the real meal of the story is the origin of the new Frankenstein monster, whose immortal heart is smuggled by Nazis during WWII into Japan just in time for the Hiroshima bombing. The result is a part-crazy, part-creepy movie that's a bit different in tone and style than Toho's Godzilla films but is still just as entertaining.
"Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell" (1974)
It's far from being the most critically acclaimed of the Hammer series, and yeah, Peter Cushing and David Prowse both look kinda' silly, but I still say this is a solid horror film and a fitting swan song to Cushing's long and beloved run as Dr. Frankenstein. The insane asylum setting is perfectly creepy and even if the monster costume is stiff and lifeless it still has a very cool design (and hey, I personally prefer monsters to be monstrous!).
"Young Frankenstein" (1974)
With all due respect to Bud and Lou, THIS is truly the greatest Frankenstein comedy of all, if not the greatest horror-comedy of all time. Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks really did their homework in recreating the genre classics while still bringing original (and hysterical) material to the mix; the result is the perfect parody and loving homage to the legend of Frankenstein. Blücher!
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