Mary Shelley’s book “Frankenstein” has received countless film and television adaptations over the years. The iconic novel, originally published in 1818, centers on a mad scientist named Victor Frankenstein who, after losing his mother to scarlet fever, sets out to challenge nature and learn how to bring the dead back to life. determined to. Although he successfully creates a humanoid creature using pieces of various corpses, Victor regrets his experiment when he loses control of the creature, which kills his loved ones.
If you’re a fan of horror and want to see a modern take on this classic tale, then you should definitely check out Bomani J.J. Story movie “The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster”. The film, which hits theaters June 9, stars Leia DeLeon Hayes as 17-year-old genius Vicaria, who sets out on a mission to bring her brother back to life after he loses him to gun violence.
Since “The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster” is just one of many iterations of “Frankenstein,” check out below 12 must-see movies based on Shelley’s classic horror novel.
1. “Frankenstein” (1931)
While James Whale’s “Frankenstein” was not the first film based on Shelley’s novel, it has become one of the most memorable adaptations, spawning numerous sequels and spin-off films. Colin Clive’s version of Frankenstein, as well as Boris Karloff’s take on The Monster, heavily influenced other iterations of the characters over the years, making this a must-see film.
2. “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)
“Bride of Frankenstein” begins right after the events of the first film. The monster returns and tries to make friends, however, since everyone is afraid of him, he asks Frankenstein for help in finding a mate that is exactly like him.
3. “Son of Frankenstein” (1939)
Wolf von Frankenstein revives his father’s monster in hopes of reviving it and clearing his family name. However, he soon regrets his decision when The Monster commits another series of murders.
4. “Igor” (2008)
What if Frankenstein made a monster that wasn’t scary but sweet? In this film, Igor – Dr. Glickenstein’s hunchbacked assistant – is determined to make his dream of becoming an evil scientist come true by winning the big science fair. However, his plans are derailed when his invention results in a good monster instead of an evil one.
5. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)
When a young couple’s tire blows out on a rainy night, they are forced to take refuge in a nearby castle owned by a mad scientist named Dr. Frank-n-Furter (Tim Curry). During their stay, they witness Dr. Frank-en-Furter resurrecting a tall and muscular man named Rocky. Since its release in 1975, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has become a cult classic because of its music, comedy and camp.
6. “Edward Scissorhands” (1990)
Although “Edward Scissorhands” is not a direct adaptation of “Frankenstein”, the title character shares similarities with Edward, the Monster as he is also a humanoid created by a scientist. Since his inventor died before he could complete his work, Edward was forced to live with scissors in his hands, but his neighbors, instead of shunning him, were fascinated by Edward and even asked him to Made friendship too.
7. “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (1994)
In “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” Kenneth Branagh not only directs the film, but also plays Frankenstein opposite Robert De Niro’s version of The Monster. Interestingly, this adaptation takes elements of Whale’s “Frankenstein” films by including the origin story of The Monster and his desire to have a mate in a movie. This time, The Monster’s dream bride is none other than Frankenstein’s fiancee himself (HELENA BONHAM CARTER).
8. “Frankenweenie” (2012)
“Frankenweenie” is an animated film directed by Tim Burton that focuses on a young Frankenstein. Instead of creating a terrifying creature from corpses, this Frankenstein revives his beloved dog Sparky after he is killed in a car accident.
9. “Victor Frankenstein” (2015)
Despite its title, “Victor Frankenstein” is told from the point of view of Igor (Daniel Radcliffe). After Frankenstein (James McAvoy) recruits Igor to help with his unorthodox science experiments, the two attempt to make a living on the run from the authorities, who have begun to suspect them of concealing missing body parts. .
10. “Frankenstein” (2015)
In this modernization, Frankenstein and his wife Elizabeth think they have discovered the formula for life by creating a man named Adam, but when their experiment goes wrong, they are forced to euthanize their creation. Leaving Adam for dead, he escapes from the hospital and begins searching the real world. However, due to his inability to control his strength and anger, Adam is named a demon by the society.
11. “The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster” (2023)
After the death of her brother in gun violence, Vicaria begins to believe that death is a disease that can be cured. In order to reunite with her brother, Vicaria learns how to bring back the dead, but her actions have huge consequences when she learns that she has turned her brother into a revenge-hungry monster.