At its core, Frankenstein is a myth of human ingenuity that taps hope and fear simultaneously — one reason why it’s been told and retold so many times.
From the classic creature films of the 1930s, to today’s fascination with zombies and vampires, American pop culture remains saturated with monsters. What does that say about our cultural subconscious?
We all know what Frankenstein’s monster looks like: he looks like Boris Karloff. But he’s also looked like a Roman senator... and a clown.
Why is cinema so obsessed with the Frankenstein story? It’s inspired more than 200 films — and counting.
The actor, unconcerned about being typecast, referred to Mary Shelley’s Creature as his “best friend.”
Switzerland, seldom thought of as a lusty outpost of bohemian creativity, hosted the most artistically productive vacation of the 19th century.
Mary Shelley said that moonlight stoked her imagination as she conceived of Frankenstein — but could that really have happened? A team of astronomers investigated the claim.