James Whale's Frankenstein (1931) spawned a phenomenon that has been rooted in world culture for decades. This cinematic Prometheus has generated countless sequels, remakes, rip-offs, and parodies in every media, and this granddaddy of cult movies constantly renews its followers in each generation. Along with an in-depth critical reading of the original 1931 film, this book tracks Frankenstein the monster's heavy cultural tread from Mary Shelley's source novel to today's Internet chat rooms.
About the Author
Robert Horton is the author of Billy Wilder: Interviews (2001) and the zombie-western graphic novel Rotten (2010) and its spin-off The Lost Diary of John J. Flynn (2012). He is also a contributor to Film Commentand KUOW-FM, and curator of the Frye Art Museum's Magic Lantern program.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements
1. Welcome to Nightmare Theatre: Meeting Frankenstein
2. Assembling a Monster
3. The Monster Mash: Sons of the House of Frankenstein
4. Beyond the Clouds and Stars: Surveying Frankenstein
5. The Monster's Place
Appendix: The Frankenstein Family Tree