James Whale's "Frankenstein" was not the first filmic version of the monster, and you can now watch the original!
We all know him. The hulking, green monster that delighted us as kids. No, I'm not talking about The Hulk, I'm talking about Frankenstein! Virtually every horror fan is at least somewhat familiar with the 1931 Universal film, Frankenstein, but did you know that the film was actually NOT the monster's first appearance?...
...Via Indiewire, The Edison Manufacturing company was the first to produce a loose adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic novel in 1910. The 13 minute short was recently restored by the Library of Congress.
For many horror fans, this will be their first time ever seeing the short, including mine. Like Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein also had various adaptations, both in film and on stage, before being recognized as national icons by the public with the Universal Monsters films.
Check out the short below and witness the first ever film incarnation of the popular creature! And if you want to read more on how the film came to be restored, check out the Indiewire article here.
By Matt Konopka