Your Weekend Frankenstein, Oct 20-21

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This weekend, let’s take you through some classics of Frankenstein rock. Above, from Edgar Winter. Continue reading

Don’t Dream It, Victor

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There’s not much I can add to illuminate what’s known and what’s loved about Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I’m pretty sure that if you are reading this, you know this movie and its music all too well.

Maybe I can offer this: Dr. Frankenfurter is the fabulous ultimate expression of Mary Shelley’s Victor Frankenstein. Where one is an odious, cowardly mass of 19th century anxieties and weak egotism, the other’s rampant self-centeredness is perfect and glorious. Both scientists create their own downfalls, but only one does it with heels and fishnets, and with a lack of remorse that’s honest and goddamn decadent. Continue reading

Your Weekend Frankenstein, Oct 13-14: The Public Domains of Horror!

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This weekend, enjoy the very first film adaptation of Frankenstein ever made! This 1910 short was discovered in the mid-1970’s, is twelve minutes long, and I like it a lot. I especially enjoyed the creepy, phantasmagoric creation sequence of the monster around the four-minute mark. And the monster itself is more nightmarish than the bolts-and-stitches model engineered by Universal Studios two decades later.
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You Best Believe I’m in Love, L-U-V

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Silvia Hoeks as Luv, Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

I think the Blade Runner series fits quite well in the canon of fiction inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, even if Philip K. Dick’s mind wandered elsewhere.

Human beings with god complexes creating biological, artificial lives and being horrible parents? Alienated and angry offspring suffering and murdering for their parents’ sins? It was all there when Rutger Hauer’s Roy kissed his creator on the lips. Continue reading

The Frankenstein Chronicles

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Season 1 of the ITV Encore production of The Frankenstein Chronicles contains science fiction/supernatural horror. It develops very slowly but its final reveal is utterly devastating.  Primarily, it is a complicated police procedural drama, and one of the most creative adaptations of Mary Shelley’s novel I’ve seen. Avoiding the dazzle of and focus on a created monster, it gives us no shortage of human ones. Perhaps a long and frustrating journey (you need a bit of patience and attention to get through the season), but one well worth taking. Continue reading

This Monster, This Superhero

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This panel moved me. She wants to join Frankenstein in the battle against evil. We all want to take up arms and live a life of superheroic adventure.

In 2004 Chaos magician and rock star comic book creator Grant Morrison brought to life a vibrant, weird and understated superhero magnum opus: Seven Soldiers.

Morrison took the name of an old Golden Age superhero team (The Seven Soldiers of Victory) and he took inspiration from a 1970’s period in DC Comics where strange, lush horror comics were en vogue. Continue reading

Your Weekend Frankenstein, Oct 6-7

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“All them ethical blurry lines point to the same thematic question up in here: are we inherently good, or evil? Are people driven to murder because of society’s sh**, or is it written from Day One that a playa gonna be a cold-hearted killer?” – Sparky Sweets, PhD

I was, of course, born in the wrong decade. Instead of not reading the book for English class, I had those Cliff Notes and what not. But I most definitely didn’t have Thug Notes, narrated by the formidable Sparky Sweets, PhD.

Get the lowdown on Frankenstein like it IS, not like your fastidious English teacher wants it to be. With less pretentious, annoying jargon and with more banging booty. Continue reading