21 January 2013

Scientist Henry Frankenstein decide's to piece together a human from body parts harvested from corpses in an attempt to 'make the dead walk'. With his devoted assistant Fritz, he uses various pieces of specially designed electrical equipment to bring his monster to life! 

The original 1931 Frankenstein is still seen as the definitive version of Mary Shelley's horror story. When it was first released screenings were often accompanied by screams, and people fainting, causing a disclaimer to be added to the beginning of the film stating 'it may shock you. It might even - horrify you. So if any of you feel that you do not care to subject your nerves to such a strain, now's your chance to - uh, well, we warned you.' 

With a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a rating of 8/10 on IMDB, Frankenstein is critically acclaimed with Kim Newman of Empire calling the film 'Absolutely unmissable', and Time Out highlighting the film's 'weird fairytale beauty'.

The electrical effects used in the watch tower to create the Monster were created by electrician and designer Kenneth Strickfaden and they have gone on to be used in every Universal Studios Monster movie since. He used a number of Tesla coils which were donated by scintific genius Nikola Tesla himself. 

Frankenstein is screening as part of the Winter Sparks exhibition film programme. To introduce the screening we're delighted to welcome Dr Sally Sheard, Senior Lecturer in History of Medicine at the University of Liverpool, to give us some perspective on British medicine at the time Mary Shelley was writing the original tale in the 19th century.

Tickets can be booked online, by calling 0871 902 5737 or in person at the Box Office. Prepare to be electrified!