Mary Shelley’s classic gothic novel has been, alongside Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the ultimate site for horror adaptation since the first flickering lights of cinema.

From James Whale’s iconic 1931 adaptation, to Kenneth Branagh’s more loyal (if slightly more misguided) version in 1994, the figure of Dr. Frankenstein and his misunderstood monster have loomed large over horror cinema’s history, each time delivering spectacle, while being rooted in various levels of ethical and theological debate.

Now, a new interpretation of the classic promethean tale of man playing God and the resulting torment enduring by his imperfect creation is ready to be unleashed for its UK premiere at Frightfest.

Directed by Bernard Rose, the acclaimed director of Paperhouse and Candyman, Frankenstein is a thoroughly modern interpretation of the Gothic classic, bringing new life by adding new stitches to the body of the tale; set in present day Los Angeles, a married research science couple use a revolutionary 3-D to create life itself, in the form of Adam.

However, when Adam’s body begins to malignantly deteriorate, he is cast out by his creator, left to fend for himself in a world he doesn’t understand and greets him only with disgust and violence.

Anchored by an extremely talented and experienced cast led by Danny Huston, Carrie Anne Moss, Xavier Dolan and horror legend Tony Todd, Rose’s new vision of a well-worn tale, one that has become something akin to myth, threatens to be something of festival highlight, in its combination of nuanced, intelligent storytelling and inventive stylistic tones.

Screening in London on Saturday, August 29, the only trailer we could find for this one is a slightly hazy upload from an online chat with Rose, but here goes:

 

 

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Matthew Hammond is a full time cinephile, specializing in cult, art house and 1980’s cinema. While film is his overwhelming passion, Matthew has been known to enjoy comic books, Sherlock Holmes stories and a good film related T-shirt. Feel free to email me with any questions or comments: mattpaul61@o2.co.uk