Introduction by Marcos Stafne, Executive Director of the Montshire Museum of Science.
It’s ALIIIIIIVE and on the big screen at the Hop! Now digitally restored, this 1931 classic set the gold standard for the horror genre and sparked the iconic image of Frankenstein’s monster, as played by Boris Karloff.
Based on Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, or A Modern Prometheus, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, this mother of all monster flicks reinvigorated Universal Studios, giving life to the creature feature. (Fans of Guillermo del Toro may notice in this progenitor some of the feature tropes he honored in The Shape of Water.)
But while other films in the genre have been consigned to oblivion, James Whale’s Frankenstein, like Mary Shelley’s novel, is timeless. The themes of innovation and its consequences remain relevant in our technological age, as we grapple with the effects of stunning advances in medicine, computing, and engineering.
Programmed in conjunction with the Montshire Museum of Science’s “Montshire Talks: Frankenstein200,” a conversation series that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s landmark gothic science-fiction novel.