Gavin A Go Go’s Vault Of Horror: Frankenstein


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As it’s Friday the 13th we figure a new horror movie post is a good idea. Here we have the 4th post in our series of classic horror movie homage. Written by our buddy Gavin A Go Go. This is Frankenstein. Released in 1931.

Dr Henry Frankenstein is a man obsessed with the idea of bringing life to a monster that he created using body parts from the recently deceased. He obtains the parts by robbing graves and execution sites. Along with his helper Fritz (prick) he constructs the experiment in the basement of a disused windmill.

After Fritz fumbles the acquisition of a brain and gets the wrong one, he returns to the windmill where the organ is placed into the human jigsaw.

Under the watchful eyes of his concerned father; Elizabeth his fiancee and one Dr Waldman; Frankenstein triggers the experiment. After a short while they are amazed to see that it actually worked.

Whilst being kept in the cellar the monster seems obedient and understands simple direction. Suddenly the antagonistic Fritz charges in with a torch ablaze. Frustrated, the monster begins to lash out and attacks Dr Waldman. The others manage to restrict the monster and lock him away to relative safety.

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As the two doctors discuss what must be done Fritz decides to pay a visit to the detained and again begins to provoke and annoy the monster which dose not end well (for Fritz, I was glad). Frankenstein and Waldman finally agree that the monster must be destroyed.

Dr Waldman offers to terminate the monster himself but while doing so it escapes. After an unfortunate incident with a young girl the town’s people begin to form angry mobs and watched on by the females of the town the mobs set out to bring Frankenstein’s creation to justice.

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There is a reason why this film remains as popular as ever. It’s truly brilliant! The sets look so good and the acting is fantastic. I like Baron Frankenstein the most, but that is mainly down to his immense whistle tooth. Where the music usually sets the tone in most horrors, the noticeable lack of it particularly in the most pivotal scenes is really unnerving.

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This is a classic and definitive horror film that spawned many sequels and reworkings, even comedies such as Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein. Along with all of these story-of-Frankenstein based films came tonnes of merchandise in the form of T-Shirts, hoodies, bags, hats and all manner of apparel. This can be said from when it was made to the present day with no sign of it slowing up. Which brings me to this great looking Frankenstein T-Shirt from Plan 9 Clothing. Where on other Frankenstein Tee’s you would just get a single colour, this photo print really stands out and puts others in their place. This is a must for all fans and collectors alike. I can’t wait to get my hands on one!

frankenstein karloff_tshirtPost written by Gavin A Go Go

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