Frankenstein ★★★★ 1931
The definitive expressionistic Gothic horror classic that set the mold. Adapted from the Mary Shelley novel about Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Clive), the scientist who creates a terrifying, yet strangely sympathetic monster aided by his hunchbacked assistant, Fritz (Frye). Great performance by Karloff as the creation, which made him a monster star (in part, thanks to Jack Pierce's makeup). Several powerful scenes, excised from the original version, have been restored, including that of young Maria (Marilyn Harris), who is spotted by the monster innocently picking flowers by a pond. The first in the Universal series. 71m/B VHS, DVD . Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, Frederick Kerr, Lionel Belmore, Arletta Duncan; D: James Whale; W: Garrett Fort, John Lloyd Balderston, Robert Florey, Francis Edwards Faragoh; C: Arthur Edeson; M: David Broekman. AFI ‘98: Top 100, Natl. Film Reg. ‘91.