Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

Post  BoG on Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:30 pm



The classic horror/sf tale gets another retelling, courtesy of director Branagh, who also gives himself the plum role of the obsessed Victor Frankenstein. This focuses on his grief and psychosis following the death of his mother, who dies giving childbirth. Branagh stresses the bloody tragedy of such a stillborn death, foreshadowing later bloody events. Ian Holm plays Frankenstein's doctor father, who proved to be powerless during this tragedy. John Cleese is the other radical scientist who influences Victor. De Niro's creature is more-or-less a disfigured man, possessed of superhuman strength and endurance, so he is quite dangerous. Branagh, however, flubs his entry into the film, including a baffling, prolonged scene of the mad scientist struggling to raise his newborn monster from the slime on the floor. Helena Bonham-Carter is the bride, also fated for grisly tragedy. There was an influx of these classical-styled and old horror tales in the early nineties, notably  Bram Stoker's Dracula (92). This film also directs our attention to sumptuous images, recalling another age. But, Branagh so stresses the bloody consequences of Frankenstein's actions that the film becomes overwhelmed by the grotesque rather than pure horror. BoG's Score: 6.5 out of 10
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