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When a future scientist (John Hurt) creates an invention that implodes space, he finds himself catapulted back to 19th century England. There he meets Mary Shelly, Percy Shelly, and, of course, Dr. Frankenstein and his monster.
The relationships between Frankenstein, Hurt's arrogant scientist, and their respective "monsters," explore the idea that once you create something you cannot un-create it. Even if you destroy your creation you can never make things the way they were before--It is unbound.
I agree with "THNEEBAN" about the monster--it is the best Frankenstein I have seen on film. I too found the ending surreal and very fitting. While not for all tastes, I am always surprised by how long this film--especially the ending--lingers in my mind.
Frankstein Unbound is a loose (but much better) adaptation of the mind-numbing novel by Brian Aldiss. A future scientist's experiments with weapons of war causes a tear in time and space that throws him straight into early 19th-century Europe. There, he learns that the story of Frankstein is based on fact. He encounters the doctor, the monster, the "bride", Mary and Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron, all played by a cast surprisingly well-known for this type of film.
The movie is alternately creepy and sappy, and a fling between scientist John Hurt and Mary Shelley (Bridget Fonda) will surely evoke rolling of the eyes. It's loaded with melodrama, but that's okay, because there's enough cool sci-fi/horror standards present to satisfy anyone, including a suitably "out-there" and fantastic ending. Plus, this movie has the absolute best version of Frankenstein's monster that I have EVER seen, either in film, TV, print, or whatever. The monster's look is truly inspired, and his personality is captured perfectly.
Check this one out... just to say you did. It's very entertaining.
It's wonderful how they blended the life of Mary Shelley - the young woman who will later write the novel FRANKENSTEIN!
SPOILER: Some reviewers have compared this film to Kenneth Branaugh's Frankenstein. I suppose it was inevitable as Branaugh's movie outright stole from this one the brilliant concept of Victor creating the monster's mate from the body of his murdered Elizabeth. Frankenstein Unbound, though low-budget, has a wry wit, understated yet sincere performances, and a smoothly flowing directorial style while Branaugh's movie has electric eels(!), a rather gay porn-like creation scene(with lots of mineral oil), and Robert....Deniro....talking....slowly.
Many people seem to be under the misconception that the monster in Shelley's original novel was supposed to be likeable, that it was really a good guy underneath the weird appearance and it was just misunderstood. This simply isn't true. The monster starts out innocent but once it matures, it becomes a bitter, hateful killer out to destroy all those that Victor loves. Frankenstein was a horror story. The monster is a ghastly specter haunting Victor into the grave and only after Victor's death does a faint echo of the monster's former self sadly re-emerge long enough for it to lament over what its done and immolate itself. This film's monster played by Nick Brimble is the most faithful to the original source out of any movie version.Read more ›
What is cool about this film--one of my Deeply Personals--is the vision and scope Roger Corman brought to this potentially silly story. When Brain Aldiss wrote the original novel, I'll bet he had little idea of someone wanting to make it into a film. It is low-budget, and some of the stuff is ridiculous (we are expected to believe that in early 19th century Switzerland, everyone spoke perfect modern English). Yet it truly hit a high note, and set the stage for the changes in film that in turn marked the change from the 1980s to the 1990s.
While a tad gruesome and violent, this film presented audiences with a monster that couldn't be conceived! Introducing character actor Nick Brimble (MYSTIC PIZZA, LOCH NESS) as the monster, the film set the stage for a monster at once philosophical, innocent, angrily violent and quite intelligent. From the huge metal plates in either side of his head to two sets of thumbs on each hand, this monster is more like the Predator. The good doctor wanted him that way, and he actually matches Shelley's original idea better than any monster in film.
Aside from Julia's rather angry scene-chewing, you will be dazzled by Dr.Read more ›
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one of john hurt,s best, with a car like out of knight rider and a great looking monster and good cast one of the better frankenstein story,s, very good.Published 21 days ago by Pamela
My favorite Frankenstein movie. More than a horror movie, it's also a science fiction movie. Great acting, great story. Completely original and thought provoking. Blu-ray please!Published 2 months ago by Jeremy Silman
Mary Shelley's original was a cautionary tale about technlogy mastering its masters. Aldiss's book wraps that in another technology mastering its respective masters. Read morePublished 10 months ago by wiredweird
Very interesting sci-fi movie mixing the past with time travel...worth the purchasePublished 14 months ago by Musiclover
This movie definitely deserves four stars. Is it a classic??? I doubt it. It *is* a thought provoking film that actually matches the book by Mary Shelly better, but did not... Read morePublished 19 months ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
I currently have some limited finances. I was happy to get this for under $7! As far as value goes compared to the movie quality, a very good deal that allowed me to check out this... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Buzzsaw
A excellent flick. Not your typical big Hollywood production, and that's part of the appeal. Some of the effects are dated and somewhat cheesey by today's CGI standards, but... Read morePublished 23 months ago by jeff poston
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