And You Thought It Would Fail: Both inverted and straight. On one hand, the film was expected to get at least some good critics given its casting, respected source material and reportedly good visuals and soundtracks, but it ended up becoming a fest of goofiness instead. On the other hand, De Niro was thought to be awfully miscast as The Creature, but he ended up giving the best performance in the entire film.
Though Igor never appears, as he was a Canon Foreigner for the Universal movies, Tom Hulce plays Henry, who takes the role of Victor's friend and partner. Two years later, he actually would play a famous fictional hunchback.
Helena Bonham Carter spends the movie as an upper class period female and then ends it as essentially the Bride of Frankenstein. Oddly symbolic of how her typecasting would change - from English Roses in period dramas to dark nutcases.
Narm: Most of the acting, especially given the tonal mismatch in regards to the the source material that the film's adapting.
Narm Charm: From the abrupt tonal shifts to the campy dialogue, the movie invites a lot more laughs than the creator probably intended. That said, it does have genuinely unsettling moments both in spite and because the hystrionism of the medium.
Robert De Niro, who is typically typecast in gangster/cop flicks, plays The Creature, which raised a lot of eyebrows at the time. However, a great chunk of movie-goers consider him to be the best thing about this film, if not even the only good thing.
John Cleese in a completely serious role as Professor Waldman was a touch jarring too. Though he too is considered surprisingly brilliant in such a part.
Ugly Cute: The revived Elizabeth, played by a young Helena Bonham-Carter. Short fluffy hair, one very sad eye, and a trembling lower lip. Aww, sweetie.
The Woobie: This version really amps up how horribly Justine is treated by her mother, and yet she's one of the kindest characters in the movie. Just look at the scene where she's out searching for Willy. And even worse than the book - where she falsely confesses to the murder and gets executed - the townspeople break into the jail before the trial can even happen and hang her in the street!