Spook 11 — Frankenstein’s Monster

Let’s take a look at a monster, shall we? If you said no, I have bad news. I wrote this in the past and didn’t hear you, so I’m going to write about one anyway. “What monster?” you may ask. “Frankenstein’s monster,” is my answer. Next time read the headline.

For those of you who don’t know the story already, here’s a picture of Frankenstein’s monster that is more or less the “normal” picture of the fella.

 

‘Normal’ is a relative term here.

 

When Dr. Frankenstein woke up one morning, he did so with a curious thought on his brain and that thought was that this world simply did not have enough monsters. The solution?

 

Curiously the same solution that the average mom would pose…

 

DIY. When the world doesn’t give you enough monsters, make your own. In Victor Frankenstein‘s case, stitch one together from a bunch of cadavers and stuff so that he at least looks human. Oh, and remember to grab fresh corpses.

 

“Igor… perhaps we will find our cheek flesh elsewhere.”

Predictably, this works out pretty awful and the forlorn and confused monster goes on a rampage across Switzerland and Germany, eventually wreaking havoc on Frankenstein’s family. In fact, the monster hates its creator so much that it devotes its entire artificial life to murdering every person Victor loves and essentially just making Frankenstein’s life as awful as it can be.

 

And it really harshes his mellow when everyone calls him by the name of his sworn enemy

 

After deciding that he did a bang-up job of murdering and pillaging, the monster fades off into the sunset never to be seen or heard from again–except for by the one man who should have the least interest in seeing him, who inexplicably pursues the creature deep into the Arctic Circle to see this thing to its end because that’s the kind of thing people did before TVs came into style.

 

“I swear I’m gonna MURDER Johnson for messing up that pitch! …at the next commercial.”

 

And that’s where the original book leaves us. Despite numerous film and literary adaptations and reimaginings since, only one work can really be thought of as a true continuation of the Frankenstein canon, a point few can truly deny.

 

Can a movie be too good?

 

 

 

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