Boris Karloff stars as the original monster in this classic horror film. Frightening and fascinating audiences for almost 200 years, the image of this tragic character was immortalised in popular culture when this film was released in 1931.
The beginning of Universal Studios' golden age of 1930s horror films, this film inspired audience to such terror (and frequency of fainting spells!), that shortly after its release, a disclaimer was added to the beginning of the film. Edward Van Sloan, who plays Dr Frankenstein, popped out from behind a curtain to warn us that this is no film for the faint of heart - and if this is you, you should probably leave the theatre immediately!
The story of a man of science who gets carried away, the power of this film is driven by its spine-chilling atmosphere and moody style cultivated by director James Whale. Portraying a vision of science that is wayward and morally dangerous, this story epitomises man's fears about scientific endeavor.
This film will be presented with an introduction from 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.
Part of the programme for the Winter Sparks exhibition
Experience a light and sound show with electric sparks, interact with the dramatic charges from Tesla coils, and explore the mysteries of the Wilberforce pendulum, with work from four exciting international new media artists being seen in the UK for the first time.
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