History Film / Frankenstein1931

20th Jun '17 4:14:36 PM SinDustries
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* AnachronismStew: Intended by James Whale, who fostered for this and ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' a sort of AlternateUniverse which mixed deliberately and freely the aesthetics of the early 1800s (the time that Mary Shelley wrote the original novel) and the '30s. As a result, in this film you see electric lights, X-ray images, women attending medical school and modern dress mixed in with clearly 19th century esthetics. (Whale's intent was somewhat contradicted by the studio that promoted the film as wholly taking place in the modern day, which is totally contradicted by a nearly-exclusive 19th century setting of the sequel.)

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* AnachronismStew: Intended by James Whale, who fostered for this and ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' a sort of AlternateUniverse which mixed deliberately and freely the aesthetics of the early 1800s (the time that Mary Shelley wrote the original novel) and the '30s. As a result, in this film you see electric lights, X-ray images, women attending medical school and modern dress mixed in with clearly 19th century esthetics.aesthetics. (Whale's intent was somewhat contradicted by the studio that promoted the film as wholly taking place in the modern day, which is totally contradicted by a nearly-exclusive 19th century setting of the sequel.)
28th Mar '17 7:56:49 AM Frankenkong
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As of the Essential Collection, Frankenstein's Monster is one of the eight official Universal Monsters.

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As of the Essential Collection, Frankenstein's Monster It is one of many films included in the eight official Universal Monsters.
Franchise/UniversalHorror canon and arguably the single most famous.
27th Mar '17 8:34:29 AM Josef5678
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* DeathByAdaptation: Dr. Waldman is murdered by the monster while he tries to disect it.

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Dr. Waldman is murdered by the monster while he tries to disect it.
27th Mar '17 8:33:31 AM Josef5678
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* BerserkButton: Henry is well on his way to convincing Elizabeth, Victor and Waldman to leave him alone to his experiments until one of them implies that he's crazy.

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Henry is well on his way to convincing Elizabeth, Victor and Waldman to leave him alone to his experiments until one of them implies that he's crazy.



* NoNameGiven: The Monster is never referred to by any actual name (some adaptations do assign a name to him). This didn't stop the general public from outright referring to the creature by the name Frankenstein, even though this is incorrect. A later Universal film, ''AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', cemented this thanks to its title (no one else by the name Frankenstein appears in the film). And the 2004 film ''VanHelsing'' (a very partial remake of this film) refers to the creature directly by this name.

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* NoNameGiven: The Monster is never referred to by any actual name (some adaptations do assign a name to him). This didn't stop the general public from outright referring to the creature by the name Frankenstein, even though this is incorrect. A later Universal film, ''AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', cemented this thanks to its title (no one else by the name Frankenstein appears in the film). And the 2004 film ''VanHelsing'' ''Film/VanHelsing'' (a very partial remake of this film) refers to the creature directly by this name.
26th Mar '17 9:24:21 AM skidoo23
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26th Mar '17 9:21:46 AM skidoo23
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* BerserkButton: Henry is well on his way to convincing Elizabeth, Victor and Waldman to leave him alone to his experiments until one of them implies that he's crazy.
** Fire + Fritz + Monster = nightmare scenario.
26th Mar '17 8:23:48 AM skidoo23
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* AdaptationDistillation: Only about 15% of the novel at best is used in the film.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Only about 15% of the novel at best is used in the film. Several characters, most notably Fritz, aren't in the original at all (Fritz was added to a later stage adaptation).



* AnachronismStew: Intended by James Whale, who fostered for this and ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' a sort of AlternateUniverse which mixed deliberately and freely the aesthetics of the early 1800s (the time that Mary Shelley wrote the original novel) and the '30s.

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* AnachronismStew: Intended by James Whale, who fostered for this and ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' a sort of AlternateUniverse which mixed deliberately and freely the aesthetics of the early 1800s (the time that Mary Shelley wrote the original novel) and the '30s. As a result, in this film you see electric lights, X-ray images, women attending medical school and modern dress mixed in with clearly 19th century esthetics. (Whale's intent was somewhat contradicted by the studio that promoted the film as wholly taking place in the modern day, which is totally contradicted by a nearly-exclusive 19th century setting of the sequel.)



* AndCallHimGeorge: The childlike monster, while innocently playing with a little girl, gets too enthusiastic and throws her in the river, where she drowns. This was considered so disturbing in the 1930s that the scene was cut right as the Creature is reaching for the girl, skipping to her father carrying her dead body. This made the implications of the scene ''much worse''.

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* AndCallHimGeorge: The childlike monster, while innocently playing with a little girl, gets too enthusiastic and throws her in the river, where she drowns. This was considered so disturbing in the 1930s that the scene was cut right as the Creature is reaching for the girl, skipping to girl and after a few intervening scenes elsewhere we then see her father carrying her dead body. This made the implications of the scene ''much worse''.



* BaitAndSwitchCredits: None of the evil and satanic imagery shown in the opening credits has anything to do with what happens within the film.



* DeadUnicornTrope: Frankenstein's hunchbacked assistant in the movie is named Fritz, not Igor. And he ''had'' no assistant, hunchbacked or otherwise, in the book.

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* DeadUnicornTrope: Frankenstein's hunchbacked assistant in the movie is named Fritz, not Igor. And he ''had'' no assistant, hunchbacked or otherwise, in the book.book (though the character was added to later stage adaptations, and the film was partially based upon one of those).



* DeathOfAChild: Little Maria is thrown into the water by the Monster and drowns. Followed by a memorable scene of her father carrying the lifeless body of his daughter through the town.

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** Averted by Henry, who - after a little ExecutiveMeddling - not only survives the film, but returns for its sequel.
* DeathOfAChild: Little Maria is thrown into the water by the Monster and drowns. Followed by a memorable scene of her father carrying the lifeless body of his daughter through the town. Originally, the studio demanded that the sequence of Maria being thrown in be cut, resulting in an even more disturbing implication as to what happened to her.



* InNameOnly: Has almost nothing to do with Mary Shelley's novel aside from the main characters, some basic sequences, like the creature attacking Elizabeth on the night of their wedding (but he does not kill her), and the basic idea of a man made of corpses being brought to life.

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* InNameOnly: Has almost nothing to do with Mary Shelley's novel aside from the main characters, some basic sequences, like the creature attacking Elizabeth on the night of their wedding (but he does not kill her), and the basic idea of a man made of corpses being brought to life. This is in part due to the fact the film is based upon a later stage play adaptation.



* NoNameGiven: The Monster is never referred to by any actual name (some adaptations do assign a name to him). This didn't stop the general public from outright referring to the creature by the name Frankenstein, even though this is incorrect. A later Universal film, ''AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', cemented this thanks to its title (no one else by the name Frankenstein appears in the film). And the 2004 film ''VanHelsing'' (a very partial remake of this film) refers to the creature directly by this name.



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Not only do all of the film's characters speak English, but almost none of them attempt a German accent.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Not only do all of the film's characters speak English, but almost none of them attempt a German accent. Most notably, Colin Clive speaks with a British accent throughout, while the actor playing his father speaks with an American one.
3rd Mar '17 11:02:24 AM Tailikku
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** Also the look on the Monster's face when he finds that he killed Maria.
20th Feb '17 12:34:50 PM Morgenthaler
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* DeathOfAChild: Little Maria is thrown into the water by the Monster and drowns. Followed by a memorable scene of her father carrying the lifeless body of his daughter through the town.



* InfantImmortality: Famously averted. Little Maria is thrown into the water by the Monster and drowns. Followed by a memorable scene of her father carrying the lifeless body of his daughter through the town.
6th Sep '16 8:05:49 PM TheWildWestPyro
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Frankenstein's Monster is also one of the 8 Major Universal Monsters.

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As of the Essential Collection, Frankenstein's Monster is also one of the 8 Major eight official Universal Monsters.
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