With this being the 80th anniversary week of the release of the great Frankenstein by Universal Pictures in on 21st November 1931, we thought we’d but together our list of top “Build a Better Monster” movies.
What better place to start, then with the classic sequel to where it all began, Bride of Frankenstein (1935). With our leading man now needing a mate, the crazed Dr. Frankenstein, egged on by an even more crazier scientist, starts building again, and this one with a fabulous hairdo. However, loves young dream does run smooth and the happy couple are in for a rough ride.
From lovelorn creations to a street walking sex monster as it were, with Frankenhooker (1990). When a scientist’s gorgeous fiancée “goes to pieces” in a freak lawnmower accident, the mad scientist Jeffrey Franken is determined to put her back together again. With the aid of an explosive superdrug, he sets about reassembling his girlfriend, selecting the choicest bits from a bevy of raunchy New York prostitutes. Creating a monster the will love anyone for money…to death.
So we move on from street freaks to scissor snapping hairdressers, with Edward Scissorhands (1990). Captain Jack Sparrow cuts hair, as well as anything going in a modern-day Grimm fairy-tale. With the loss of his beloved creator, Edward ventures out into the real world, looking for friends but finding love, in the form a sweet teenage girl. First except slowly by the town’s folk, but things go to pot and you have a flaming torch wielding mob on your hands.
Finally, moving on from the emo lovechild on the 90’s, to ever 80’s teenage boys dream, in the classic 80’s comedy Weird Science (1985). With two nerdish boys attempt to create the perfect woman, but end up with one who turns out to be more than they bargained for, plus it’s Kelly LeBrock. Though not really a monster, she does turn one of the boy’s brother into one, so it does count sort of.
Would love to hear your favourite Frankenstein inspired movies, from Rocky Horror Picture show to Re-animator. So get involved and get your comments down.