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YMMV: Frankenstein (1931)
  • Adaptation Displacement: When Frankenstein's brought up in pop culture, it's usually this version.
  • Badass Decay: The creature goes from being intelligent enough to learn how to read and speak on his own, as well as framing someone for murder in the book, to almost completely mindless brute.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The name of the hunchbacked assistant is not Igor, it's Fritz. Ygor is an unrelated character from the third and fourth movies, who had a broken neck and didn't really assist the Doctor (he's the main antagonist in fact).
  • Memetic Mutation: IT'S ALIIIIVE!
  • Narm: When the Monster confronts Henry's fiancee. While the scene is still fairly chilling and unnerving even by todays standards, right as she discovers the Monster behind her and screams for her life, the Monster lets out a snarl that... well, let's just say it gives the scene a healthy dose of unintended hilarity.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The frightening scene in this movie is the one where the Monster has been playing with little Maria, looks down at the flowers, then at her, and with a childlike smile on his face grabs her and...
    • There's also the scene where Frankenstein and his mentor discover what the Monster did when it finally got its hands on that jerkass Fritz.
  • Signature Line: "It's alive!"
  • Signature Scene: The monster comes to life.
  • What an Idiot: It's a sad lookout when the monster with the supposedly abnormal brain ends up being the most intelligent character in the movie.
    • The Monster has risen, and Frankenstein, the doctor and Fritz are trying to control him... except Fritz has a torch in his hand and the Monster is afraid of fire and getting more riled by the moment by its presence.
      You'd Think They'd: GET THE BLOODY TORCH OUT OF THERE.
      Instead: They let Fritz get even closer with the bloody torch, agitating the Monster further.
    • Fritz has been abusing and antagonizing the Monster, enraging him.
      You'd Expect: Doctor Frankenstein to sternly admonish Fritz to stay as far away from the Monster as possible.
      Instead: Fritz keeps screwing with the Monster until the Monster hangs him with his own whip. And then is completely berserk.
    • Frankenstein and the other doctor have subdued the Monster, and believe he may be dead. The other doctor has promised to dispose of him quickly.
      You'd Expect: They'd get some gasoline, find a clear patch, and immedately incinerate the Monster then scatter the ashes just to be sure, if for no other reason than to prevent any diseases from the dead body parts from a myriad of corpses.
      Instead: The other doctor places the Monster on the gurney again and decides he's going to have him some dissectin'. The Monster snaps his neck.
    • The Monster has escaped and comes across a young girl playing in a field.
      You'd Expect: That faced with a rotting, scarred, lumbering creature, she would scream and run with all speed to find a responsible adult (which, given the caliber of the adults in this film would entail her running straight into another movie...)
      Instead: She asks "would you be my friend?" and gives him a bouquet of flowers. He ends up accidentally causing her death by drowning.
    • The Monster is on the loose, and is believed to be coming towards the Frankenstein estate, where Henry Frankenstein is about to be married to his fiancee, Elizabeth, and may even be in the house.
      You'd Expect: Henry would make sure that at least an area code was between Elizabeth and the Monster, would not leave her alone, and certainly make sure there was an escape route for her in case of trouble.
      Instead: He locks her, alone, from the outside (ensuring she can't get out) in a ground-floor room with big glass windows, perfect for the Monster to walk right through to terrorize her.
    • Frankenstein is leading his section of the angry mob on their search to find The Monster. He hears something and wants to investigate.
      You'd Expect: Frankenstein would go back and make sure that at least some of the mob came with him.
      Instead: He shouts to them, and when he doesn't get a response, climbs up the hill alone where the Monster layeth down the smack upon him.

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