Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Frankenstein, 1931

This scene, taken from Universal Horror's classic and original 1931 adaptation of Frankenstein, is quite infamous. Indeed so disgusted were the censors in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York that they cut it from the print, the scene instead abruptly ending as The Monster (Boris Karloff) reaches out for the young girl (Marilyn Harris)

I hate censorship and think that was a great shame. The scene wasn't reinstated until fifty five years later, in 1986. For me this scene is integral to the themes and iconography of Shelley's tale explaining as it does perfectly The Monster's desire to befriend humans and, because of his lack of understanding, his utter inability to do so. It is sweet, intelligent, heartwarming, frightening and tragic. Above all it's wickedly funny.

Then again I could just have a sick sense of humour... 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this. -It is my favorite scene of all time!
    Please check out my interpretation of this infamous scene.
    I think you will find it mildly hilarious at best:

    Also, Did you create those gifs yourself??? -THEY ARE FANTASTIC!!!