You know, all this trouble about “it’s not the name of the monster, it’s the name of the doctor” could have been avoided if Mary Shelley had named her novel after the real hero of the piece. In the book, Dr. Frankenstein is clearly the villain, and the monster (and narrator) is given the name Adam. In the end, he winds up an astute and fairly well-rounded individual. Boris Karloff’s famous film version of the monster is … not. When Victor Frankenstein assembles his new man from corpse parts, his monster tends to mainly rock slowly through the Bavarian countryside and cause trouble. But it’s full of seminal moments in film history. The movie was the most successful of its kind at the time; coming on the heels of the original Dracula (the two films were released the same year), the realization that the fairly new medium of motion pictures could be just as chilling as they had been romantic or pleasant was powerful indeed. Watch for the introduction from actor Edward Van Sloan, as he warns audiences of the strange and frightening tale they’re about to experience!
1931 / Not Rated / 1h 10m / Sci-Fi
Tickets for “A Nightmare on Franklin Street” classic films are $10 for general admission and $7 for Tampa Theatre Members, available at the box office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, or online at TampaTheatre.org (service fees apply).