Frankenstein (1931)

Mike / October 1st, 2011

01 Frankenstein (1931)



  • hitcher82

    October 1, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Finally Monster Madness is here!!!

  • October 1, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Friggin sweeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!

  • Twilightsucks

    October 1, 2011 at 2:27 am


  • lonmanMV05

    October 1, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Wow! I didn’t expect this until later on tonight. Glad you got it kicked off this AM. Monster Madness is one of those few special things I look forward to every year now. Please, don’t ever stop James! =)

  • October 1, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Awesome review loving the fact that the reviews arn’t 3 mins lol well hoping the rest arn’t anyway. Can’t wait for bride of Frankenstein 😀

  • October 1, 2011 at 2:39 am

    oh P.S loving the new video source drives me nuts!

  • freddymontana

    October 1, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Well, even if I can’t deny the influences and the good quality of this movie, I still can’t help but feel like it is sacrilegeous. The Mary Shelley’s novel was one of the best book I’ve ever red, abording themes and elements that would make it the ancestor of modern science-fiction.

    Even if this movie is the one that made the name Frankenstein to the main stream, my opinion about it is still the same; it is NOT Frankenstein. The story is so different than the one in the novel it is not the same and I mean by far. People always complain about how movies inspired by books never really correspond their expectations, but in this case it is NOT THE SAME STORY AT ALL. I can’t help but feel like they just used the name Frankenstein to have a big name like they do more and more often today with many movies and remakes. Still, it is my opinion, but until I’ve seen the whole movie, I won’t deny its greatness.

  • Dr. Forrester

    October 1, 2011 at 2:40 am

    That was really great. I’m amazed at how many scenes from Young Frankenstein were directly inspired by the original movie. This is going to be an awesome October!

  • You Can Just Walk Over It

    October 1, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Very nice start to Monster Madness, quite detailed which I like considering the sequel theme this year will reference the original movie quite a bit I’m sure.

    I’m also glad to hear the “It’s cinemassacre’s monster madness” intro from James instead of all the people from last year… they weren’t bad, it’s just that no one had that screaming / insane tone that seems to fit this series when James says it.

  • lamecasuelas

    October 1, 2011 at 2:58 am

    ii’ve been waiting for along time,but,we have it finally here!! MONSTER MADNESS FOREVER!!!

  • Chewieshmoo

    October 1, 2011 at 3:07 am

    WoW now that was a fantastic start to get things rolling! thanks so much for these James!

  • floridaboy

    October 1, 2011 at 3:28 am

    James meant 1.21 Jiggawatts for Frankenstein to come to life.

  • October 1, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Best month of the year, thanks James!

  • twincannon

    October 1, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Fuck me I love October.

  • Zentu

    October 1, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Kind of an odd question or two about Frankenstine, 1: Hes Called “Frankenstine” Wouldent that make him Jewish? Don’t much remember my cultural-history lessons, wasent Christianity the most prominant religion? It dosent bother me, just an observation 2: Whats up with the Bolts in Frankenstines Neck? I get how its to help conduct electricity through his body but wouldent that imply hes part machiene? also was there a standard size of Bolt for the frakenstine costome or just whatever shows up on film? 3: Last question, With all our knowledge of zombies, would this make frankenstine the accecption to the rule or just not a zombie? I suppose one could argue that hed be a bio-droid (meaning a machiene with all or mostly organic components yet programable)

  • October 1, 2011 at 4:23 am

    AWESOME! 11 minutes fuck yeah!

  • Hydrassas

    October 1, 2011 at 4:25 am

    I’m having trouble seeing the video, I’m using the latest version of firefox with Adblock Plus, Adblock Plus Pop-Up Add on and T.A.C.O along with WOT.

  • kane117

    October 1, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I’m really glad that Mike included a link to the video on Blip, because the embedded version of the video from springboard kept giving me an error about failing to initialize. Anyway, I really appreciate all the effort that James puts into Monster Madness because I look forward to it every year and it helps me get into the Halloween spirit.

  • DocLang

    October 1, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Awesome! Monster Madness is the Greatest! Dig It!

  • October 1, 2011 at 4:58 am

    The 1931 Frankenstein movie is definitely a classic. Sure there were other good Frankenstein movies like the Hammer Frankenstein series with Peter Cushing and Kenneth Branagah’s 1994 Frankenstein. But the 1931 film is the definitive Frankenstein film for all time. Of course the 1935 sequel Bride of Frankenstein is superior, but we’ll talk about it tomorrow anyway.

  • Minsc_and_Boo

    October 1, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Great start to the marathon! I have been counting down the days, and catching up on some of the previous years marathons

    I take it this movie is public domain now? Anyone know any good sources to download it from?

  • probablytheonlyswede

    October 1, 2011 at 5:27 am

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!! Monster Madness is back!! Can´t wait for the next episode tomorrow

    Great that you changed from blip to this new one, to.


  • tFighterPilot

    October 1, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Zentu, it’s not a Jewish last name, it’s a German last name. It translates to a “Frank Stone” or something like that.

  • exploda

    October 1, 2011 at 5:37 am

    It’s alive!

  • exploda

    October 1, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Also, for this Jewish last name debate, it is named after a castle.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 1, 2011 at 6:41 am

    What better way to start off Monster Madness than with Frankenstein? Great as always, James. I can’t wait to see more.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 1, 2011 at 6:43 am

    By the way, what’s that movie in the opening intro at 0:02? It shows some dude getting his head ripped off by a monster? Anybody know the title of that movie? Looks good.

  • Simon_N_Flame

    October 1, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Awesome !

    Get ready for the best month of the year .

  • angryrider

    October 1, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I saw this film a few days ago, and it was pretty cool as you’ve always said it would be Mr. Rolfe.

    Despite the director’s desire for the audience to sympathize with Frankenstein, I could never do it especially because of all the crimes he committed leading to the birth of the monster. The scene in the cemetery where he was shoveling dirt in the face of Death (that robed skeleton) cemented my conviction that Henry Frankenstein was an asshole. And by the end of this one and the sequel, he still got away scot-free?!

    For an off-topic, I am also wondering if there was a Spanish-language version of Frankenstein like they did with Dracula.

  • Necramonium

    October 1, 2011 at 7:59 am


  • BorisCarloff

    October 1, 2011 at 8:03 am

    A great start for new Monster Madness. Also Frankenstein is my favorite monster film, thank you for putting it at first place. And also i think Fritz started to hate Monster because he knew, both of them are pathetic, and if Monster will attack, Fritz knew that’s Frankenstein will protect him, so, why not to beat a shit out of someone that weaker than you? Well, Fritz is perfect example why the answer in no.

  • shadowman222

    October 1, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Can’t wait for tomarrow!

  • Alfredin

    October 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Moola, pensar en un sabado por la tarde/noche viendo pelis de estas. It’s great spending a Saturday evening watching this kind of movies. Cool review. Waiting for the next AVGN video.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 1, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Nevermind I figured out the movie in the intro. Humanoids from the Deep.

  • ScaryManiac

    October 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Great as always, James. You’re the greatest cinema teacher ever. So much information, so much knowledge.

    God how I missed this…

  • PDL

    October 1, 2011 at 9:01 am

    you guys can do no wrong. james and mike are brilliant. I can’t wait to see a new video every day.

  • Spy Z

    October 1, 2011 at 9:03 am

    11 minutes … Wow .. this Monster Madness is gonna be AWESOME!!! 🙂 Thanks James

  • Doresh

    October 1, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Woah, Monster Madness XXL? Awesome XD !

    It’d be funny if Lugosi really put down the role because the monster had no dialogue. In the book, the monster actually learns to talk and read and even got philosophical at times. Not that the Universal rendition doesn’t have its charme ^^

  • PlayStationSensation

    October 1, 2011 at 9:38 am

    THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gojirafan87

    October 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

    “Well, this is a very good scene, isn’t it? One man crazy…three very sane spectators.”

  • Gman123

    October 1, 2011 at 9:49 am


  • October 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Why switch from blip to some new unknown video host? Doesn’t Blip pay you guys? Should we be watching this on blip to support you for ad revenue James or.. ?? Confused.

    But love monster madness!

  • gothichyppie

    October 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I got up early this morning just to watch the first video, I’m so hyped, I feel like it’s Christmas morning! THANK YOU, I’ll be watching this religiously!

  • GoldenFrog

    October 1, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Excellent start to Monster Madness !!
    October is gonna be great.

  • PlayStationSensation

    October 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I found a good link to watch Frankenstein. It really is a great movie that is necessary if you are even remotely interested in film.|1317480242

  • Darthleather

    October 1, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I heard a story that Lugosi turned down Frankenstein because the early version of the script he was shown didn’t have any of the pathos for the monster that would come in later, he was just a brute.

  • Hourglass

    October 1, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Much like the original Dracula, this one is an absolute classic. If you haven’t seen this movie, you need to!

  • JayRam

    October 1, 2011 at 11:04 am

    My favorite month has finally arrived. And what better way to kick it off than with Monster Madness?

    I know it’s more time-consuming researching and editing, but I liked the duration of this video. Hope more are of this length.

  • Lewghis

    October 1, 2011 at 11:21 am

    wow, there was a lot there i hadn’t realised happened in that movie. i guess i also figured i knew most of what had happened even though i had never seen it. can’t wait to see the rest of the movies.

  • October 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Wow. I just got done reviewing all the Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolf Man films from the Universal library of the 30’s and 40’s along with Thomas A. Edison’s Frankenstein and F.W. Murnaeu’s Nosferatu. I plan on getting into the Hammer films and other related stuff for October. The fact that I get this in addition is even more epic.

    Since the original counts in the SAT, Gamera is also a sure fire review, along with this and Friday the 13th. I’m also gonna say either the Frankenstein or Dracula Hammer series are sure fire winners.

    I’m the name of God! Now I know ASLNGAPPOEIWNFA; BNKAW;OEINTE21!!!

  • GamingandMetal

    October 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Hell Yeah Monster Madness is Back, and telling from this episode, its gonna be a good one. The Orignal Frakenstien is great, i just watched the 1994 version, and its ok but no where near as good as this classic film, Robert De Niro has nothing on Boris Karloff. keep the good work james, and i hope the other videos are this long or longer. 🙂

  • October 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    *Talking about Fritz

    “What’s sad is that there isn’t any back-story.”

    XD Hah, BACK story.

  • avgnfan3

    October 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Great job James! thanks to you, people like me who might not be so encouraged to watch a movie because it’s dated can actually appreciate this, your summary of the movie really helped me to understand the origins of Frankenstein as well as some trivial facts, one of which is the fact that Frankenstein is the name of the doctor, not the monster. Also thank you for taking your time to do this for 11 minutes, unlike your previous Monster Madness that was usually a minute and half.

  • movienerd1237

    October 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    ar you gonna make the saw movies

  • October 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    finally! been waiting for october since last year haha keep em rollin’ bro

  • October 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    An awesome beginning to Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness, James! Keep using the Springboard, much better than Blip. : )

  • October 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Great work glad Monster Madness is back =)

  • October 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Yay! Mawnstuh Madnezz rawkz


  • Mellowtrauma

    October 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Ahh, what a great beginning to October I tell you.

  • October 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm


  • Venkman

    October 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I usually try to watch each movie after a MM review (if time allows)
    Monster Madness has become a staple of my Halloween season over the last few years.Thanx. DON’T STOP!

  • You Only Live Thrice

    October 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    holy god damn, that was good

  • October 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Beautifull movies as you said well james! yesterday i have sit and wached the mummy with peter cushing and christofer lee realy good movie.

  • October 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Awesome Start. I agree with what he said at the end, many people feel they have seen this movie based of the fact that many other movie try and copy it. I’ve seen bit’s here and there (mostly on TV) of it but never got around to siting through the movie in its full. I will have to rectify that this year.

  • SpeedyEric

    October 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    It is because of Monster Madness that I have the Frankenstein and Dracula Legacy Collections on DVD. Classics. =)

  • TheAceofSpadez

    October 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Yes! It’s here!!!!!!!!!

  • ben 10 guy

    October 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm


  • wulfyy

    October 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm


  • frostare

    October 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Well, no wonder the novel’s original title was “The new Prometheus” or something like that.

    Now he has the powers OF A GOD! Boy I lost how many times I´ve mocked that line. This is the earliest source I can think of of one with the similar context.

  • Ash Williams

    October 1, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Very nice! Happy October Cinemassacre Monster Madness Fest to everyone! wow, thats a long holiday indeed XD

    I hope we can see Friday the 13th, a Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Evil Dead, Alien, Candyman and Children of the Corn sequels in this Sequel-a-thon!

  • ravinspawn

    October 2, 2011 at 12:29 am

    hey nice to see ya doing your stuff this year, heres a few sigestions

    street trash, resadeint evil, wish master, the pupet master, attack of
    the killer tomatos, night of the liveing creeps

  • Zentu

    October 2, 2011 at 12:38 am

    ReCaping the responses to my last post on Frankenstine, The name is actually German and translates to Frank Stone and/or is actually named after a Castle. That’s preaty intristing actually, Now that I think of it, most of the Frakenstine movies take place in a Castle like Mansion, was this also an influence based on the name for the stories? Also reguarding weather or not of weather or not Frankenstine is technicly a zombie or not, After giving it more thought, I conclude that, hes likely more of a machiene than man now, although as far as Androids/cyborgs go, hes mostly man made of used parts.

  • xdeathknightx

    October 2, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Finally some Monster Madness again 🙂 And starting it off good with Frankenstein 🙂

  • rex1983

    October 2, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I’m glad monster madness is back, but I’m a little disappointed that you are talking about movies you already reviewed or talked about during other years of monster madness.
    I really would like to see movies I haven’t seen before iin monster madness.
    But besides my comment keep up the good work çause I think you are one of the finest monster movie reviewers out there.

  • joliet_jane

    October 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Monster Madness has begun! 😀 It’s gonna be a good month.

  • TomM

    October 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I’m so glad you made reference to the book. I remember it being my favorite book in my sophomore year of high school. The book and movie are pretty much different in every way but they both kick ass!!!

  • October 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I don’t know why but every time I watch the scene where the monster drowns the little girl makes me bust out laughing.

  • phoenix252005

    October 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Awesomeness! Great first episode of the years monster madness. I have always wondered about the history of claasic monster movies. Thanks to you James I know so much about it,I feel smarter about classic monster movies now,your awesome man!

  • JDP

    October 3, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Great way to start Monster Maddness like you said there’s a lot of movies regarding Frankenstein to go over, I can only hope when you do Dracula you’ll also do Dracula’s Daughter and Son of Dracula. I actually wonder if you can go through the Dracula movies w/o making a Castlevania reference :D.

    Btw my science fiction teacher in high school probably gave the best theory as to why Fritz tormented the Monster in Frankenstein, he too also pointed out in the movie when Fritz pulled up his sock. It was more then likely due to it gave Fritz a superiority complexity since as we can imagine with most hunchback stories they face a lot of ridicule so probably seeing a creature inferior to him in intellect was enough to torture the Monster to make himself feel better.

  • Exalian

    October 4, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Hi, can someone tell me from which movie is the scene in the into where someone’s head is being torn off?

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 5, 2011 at 1:06 am

    You said you’d be going more indepth with this year’s Monster Madness reviews, and you sure didn’t disappoint! It’s great that they’re around ten minutes now, instead of just 3 or 4. It’s always interesting to hear your commentary on something, especially since I share a lot the interests that you do.

  • nviso209

    October 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    TCM just showed it a few nights ago uncut and commercial free and it was AWESOME! I must say that this horror classic really has held up very well as a real STORY which hollywood seems to be very short of these days. My grandmother was 7 when it came out and I bet if saw this when I was that age I would shit my pants and piss my bed w/ nightmares! Great Review James! Cinemassacre & Monster Madness sure puts the TREAT back into TRICK or TREAT!

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  • Luka1184

    October 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I like the old video player better. With HD of course 😛

  • patrick

    October 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Finally!! Someone else noticed the sock adjust thing!! xD

  • power5am

    October 9, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Great movie!!

  • NetLex

    October 9, 2011 at 6:57 am

    James, the comment about the msc. body parts had me rolling!
    I have to put your Monster Madness reviews up there with The Simpsons Halloween Specials, in terms of essential viewing for said holiday. 😀

  • jerseys

    October 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    ***Spoiler Alert***

  • October 18, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein !

  • ub6598

    October 18, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I dont think anybody but boris karloff could have been the monster. That guy had the face of a brick shithouse.

  • Snake_

    October 18, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Actually: Doctor Frankenstein is NOT German he is Swiss:P

  • Darthleather

    October 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    While we’re on the subject of Frankenstein, maybe you can help me Identify this game. It was a game we had on our computer when I was a kid. It might have been a DOS game. It was a sidescroller where you played as Igor and had to find all the pieces of the monster, and bring them to the mad scientist. Does anybody know what the name of this game was?

    • Crogan0Dragons

      March 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      It’s called “Frankenstein”, other than that I don’t know much about it.

  • markfilmjunkie

    February 12, 2012 at 1:15 am

    this year review do sequal thon again do

    Universal Dracula


    Dracula’s Daughter

    Son of dracula

    Hammer Frankenstein

    The Curse of Frankenstein

    The Revenge of Frankenstein

    The Evil of Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Created Woman

    Frankenstein Must be Destroyed

    Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

    Friday the 13th series

    Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th part 2

    Friday the 13th part 3

    Friday the 13th The Final Chapter

    Friday the 13th A New Beginning

    Friday the 13th Jason lives

    Friday the 13th The New Blood

    Friday the 13th Jason Takes Manhattan

    Jason Goes to Hell

    Jason X

    Friday the 13th Remake

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Series

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    Leather Face The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Next Generation

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Remake

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning

    Hellraiser series


    Hellbound Hellraiser 2

    Hellraiser 3 Hell on Earth

    Hellraiser Bloodline

    Hellraiser Inferno

    Hellraiser Hellseaker

    Hellraiser Deader

    Hellraiser Hellworld

  • schloss_ritter

    March 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    No, it’s pronounced I-gore.  Best comeback ever.
    My guess is that Fritz was jealous that the monster would take his place as the Doctor’s favorite.

  • TankLorry

    October 27, 2013 at 2:55 am

    I saw this a couple of weeks ago and I noticed that Henry Frankenstein himself calls the monster “Frankenstein.” This happens when he shows the sun (or just a light?) to the monster. I guess this is where calling the monster “Frankenstein” technically started.
    As far as reasoning, Henry is confident in the monster, so he probably sees him as a son or legacy to his name. this is sort of brought up later (I think at the wedding) by Frankenstein’s father how Henry will have a son at some point (I forget the exact context). But Henry, and the audience know the bitter irony he already has a son that he shuns

    just something I never saw mentioned.

  • September 21, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Movies in intro-
    Island of Lost Souls
    Humanoids from the Deep

  • October 22, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Metropolis had coined most of these tropes four years before this movie was made. the mad scientist trope, the monster creation trope, the strange hunch-back. if you really want to see the origin of the sci-fi / monster movie genre. Metropolis (1927) is where it is at.

  • fcabanski

    October 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Igor was popular long before YF. The eyegore joke had to do with Frankenstein claiming his name was pronounced “Frahnkenschteen”.

  • fcabanski

    October 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    God was never restored into the story. The novel didn’t have the abnormal brain. The monster’s monstrosity was due to it not having the spirit – it was a creature of flesh and soul/mind. Hollyweird couldn’t accept that evil came from a mind and body without spirit. So they added the abnormal brain.

  • M. Ryan

    August 28, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Feel sorry for that monster. Frankenstein was a total jerk.

  • October 9, 2015 at 8:16 am

    In the game terraria, there can be a Solar eclipse and al kind of classic horror movie villains will come out: vampire, thing from the deep and from what I now know: Fritz from this movie

  • May 4, 2016 at 12:12 am

    A classic film

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