“Crazy, am I? We’ll see whether I’m crazy or not.” To rephrase the question, “Crazy, are we?” The Grue-Crew answers, “Yes! 100 episodes worth of crazy for classic horror!” Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr along with guest host Michael Steinberg – as they celebrate episode 100 with the granddaddy of them all, James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931).
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 100 – Frankenstein (1931)
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Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts.IMDb
- Director: James Whale
- John L. Balderston (based upon the composition by),
- Mary Shelley (from Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, 1818, by) (as Mrs. Percy B. Shelley)
- Peggy Webling (adapted from the play by)
- Garrett Fort (screen play) &
- Francis Edward Faragoh (screen play) (as Francis Edwards Faragoh)
- Richard Schayer (scenario editor)
- Robert Florey (contributor to treatment) (uncredited)
- John Russell (contributor to screenplay construction) (uncredited)
- Art Direction: Charles D. Hall
- Cinematography: Arthur Edeson
- Makeup Department
- Colin Clive as Henry Frankenstein
- Mae Clarke as Elizabeth Lavenza
- John Boles as Victor Moritz
- Boris Karloff as The Monster
- Edward Van Sloan as Dr. Waldman
- Frederick Kerr as Baron Frankenstein
- Dwight Frye as Fritz
- Lionel Belmore as Herr Vogel, the Burgomaster
- Marilyn Harris as Little Maria
- Michael Mark as Ludwig, Maria’s father
Michael, our guest host from the Classic Sci-Fi Movie Channel, PlayNow Media, and Found Footage Critic, admits he probably saw Frankenstein when he was far too young. Even the “?” in the opening credit for the monster gave him chills. Daphne credits Frankenstein with getting her into the details of costumes and even patterned her wedding dress as closely as possible after the wedding dress in the film. Guillermo del Toro’s quote on the “fragility and power” of Karloff’s performance resonates with Whitney and she is impressed with how the makeup is at once beautiful and creepy. Edward Van Sloan’s introduction to Frankenstein got Chad wound up as a child and he has come to consider James Whale as a visionary director, ahead of his time. There are so many aspects of Frankenstein that have affected us all, according to Joseph, but this time around, he focuses on the iconic laboratory set design and the wide range of emotions elicited by the film and its characters. Jeff can’t remember his first encounter with Frankenstein, claiming it seems as if we were born with an intrinsic knowledge of the Universal monsters, which Joseph then refers to as “schoolyard legends.”
You know you need to see Frankenstein again and again and again. It’s available in a variety of collections on Blu-ray and on a variety of streaming subscription services or as VOD.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. In the next episode, their 101st episode, they will discuss a movie chosen by Joseph, Toho’s Rodan (1956). Be sure to be there as the Classic Era Grue-Crew embarks on their second 100 episodes!
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