I’ve never been more proud to be a taxpayer! The Library of Congress has been involved in numerous important projects related to the preservation of film, but none hit closer to home for horror fans than their restoration of the first film version of Frankenstein. Produced in 1910 by the Edison Manufacturing Company, this 12 minute short laid the foundation for the Gothic atmosphere and hulking creature that would soon be improved upon and immortalized by James Whale and Boris Karloff. In a recent guest blog post by Mike Mashon– the head of the Moving Image Section of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division- the institute details the painstaking lengths they went to in restoring and preserving the print for future generations:
The story of the summer of 1816 and the challenge which led Mary Shelley to write her classic novel, Frankenstein, is just as interesting and incredible as the novel itself. The fateful storm on Lake Geneva that spawned a writing competition between Shelley, her future husband Percy, and Lord Byron has inspired readers and storytellers alike (see Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted) for decades, and now IFC Films has a fresh new take on the legend in the form of a feature film.
Mary Shelley stars Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon, The Beguiled) as Shelley, and features Maisie Williams, Bel Powley, Douglas Booth, Joanne Froggatt and Stephen Dillane in key roles. The film will dramatize Shelley’s journey from creating the text to struggling to get it published in the sexist and censorship-happy world she lived in. IFC Films have just released a new trailer for the film today, and you can watch it below: read more
While kicking off Women in Horror Month, I would feel a bit remiss if I did not to recognize the contributions of the most influential women in horror history, Mary Shelley. 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of her iconic masterpiece Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus. Released in January of 1818, the book tells the tale of resurrecting the dead by the use of electricity. When first published, the author was listed as “Anonymous,” with most people assuming it was Percy Shelley, Mary’s husband, who penned the book. Most felt this assumption was due to the fact that he wrote the introduction. Although, in 19th century Europe, who would have thought a young woman’s imaginative tale would influence an entire genre in such a historical way. To celebrate Mary, below are five facts you should know about this pioneering woman of horror and her masterpiece. read more
A MODERN RETELLING OF THE CHILLING CLASSIC
ON DVD MARCH 8, 2016
New York, NY – February 22, 2016 – 19th century horror and 21st century science make a deadly combination as Mary Shelley’s time-honored classic is adapted for the modern age in Frankenstein, on DVD March 8, 2016 from BBC Home Entertainment.
Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Peaky Blinders) stars as Dr. Victoria Frankenstein, a leading medical scientist using stem cells to create “replacement” human organs. Desperate to save her dying son William, Frankenstein secretly introduces his DNA to her research. From solitary cells grows a thrilling, emotionally charged gothic masterpiece that comes to a terrifying conclusion. In a world where genetic manipulation is common, has Frankenstein gone too far? read more