Classic Frankenstein Triple

04/06/2007
  |  Buy to Own: 04/06/2007
  |  Watch Now: 12/10/2010
  |  244 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Triple bill of classic horror. 'Frankenstein' is James Whale's 1931 version of Mary Shelley's ghost story, which made a star of Boris Karloff as the tragic monster. Scientist Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) has become alienated from his friends and bride-to-be through his obsessive determination to create life. Frankenstein has created a monster out of body parts acquired by his dwarfish assistant, Fritz (Dwight Frye), and succeeds in giving it life during an electrical storm. However, due to a mistake by Fritz, the creature possesses the brain of a killer, and after the dwarf torments it to breaking point Frankenstein's creation escapes and goes on the rampage, terrorising the local community. Whale's 1935 sequel, 'The Bride of Frankenstein', begins with the work's author, Mary Shelley (Elsa Lanchester), revealing to Lords Byron and Shelley that there is still more of the tale to be told. Scientist Henry Frankenstein (Clive) is recuperating from the events of the first film, believing his creation (Karloff) to have been destroyed in a fire, when he receives a visit from his former mentor Dr Praetorius. Praetorius wishes Frankenstein to resume his experiments, but the latter refuses. When Praetorius discovers the monster, alive and now able to communicate, he uses it to kidnap Frankenstein's wife, thus blackmailing him into creating a mate. Rowland V. Lee directed the follow-up, 'Son of Frankenstein' (1939), starring Basil Rathbone as Wolf Frankenstein, son of Henry Frankenstein, who returns with his wife to his fathers estate to claim his inheritance. On his arrival at his father's laboratory he mets crooked blacksmith Ygor (Bela Lugosi), who asks him to revive his father's creation, the monster who is lying in a coma...