QUESTION: Who in the following list never played the character of Frankenstein's monster in a film?
A) Aaron Eckhardt
B) Robert DeNiro
C) Peter Boyle
D) Keanu Reeves
On Monday, we blogged about the 1935 film Bride of Frankenstein. It is a sequel to a film widely regarded as one of the great cinematic classics called, creatively enough, Frankenstein. That film was released in 1931, helmed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff as the monster in a star-turning performance. Although that is easily the most famous cinematic interpretation of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, there are dozens of others out there some more faithful to the original story than others. One notable example of a film that does not follow Shelley's story faithfully is the 1965 Toho film Frankenstein Conquers the World. Without giving away any major plot twists, this film deals with experiments made by Nazi Germany on the heart of Frankenstein's monster. Towards the end of the war, they send the heart to Japan and, well, we just can't spoil it. Sorry.
The original story written by Mary Shelley was more a psychological drama than a true horror story. It dealt more with the life of the monster created by Victor Frankenstein, the monster's anger at being alienated by Victor and its pursuit of Victor's admiration. When he realizes he cannot receive that, due in part to his hideous appearance, the monster starts murdering the people Victor loves the most. Hardly a feel good story, but there is little of this psychological element depicted in most of the films about him. In fact, the movies often depict the monster as simpleminded and, while sympathetic, somewhat irrational and violent. We recognize this is hardly a happy story, which is why we recommend one Frankenstein film above all others: 1974's Young Frankenstein directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder. It is a delightful comedy that is funny in its own right, but even funnier if you are aware of the original series produced by Universal Pictures. So hurry. You have a lot of movie watching to do!
ANSWER: D) Keanu Reeves. We're disappointed about that, too.