Frankenstein (1910) [Edison]

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“Frankenstein” is a 1910 silent horror film produced by Thomas Edison and directed by J. Searle Dawley. It is based on Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus”.

The film follows the story of Dr. Frankenstein (Augustus Phillips), a scientist who creates a monster (Charles Ogle) from various body parts. However, the creature becomes uncontrollable and wreaks havoc in the town, terrorizing the inhabitants and causing destruction.

The film’s plot follows the basic storyline of Shelley’s novel but condenses it significantly due to the limitations of the silent film medium. Despite its limitations, the film is notable for its pioneering special effects, including the use of makeup to create the monster’s gruesome appearance.

“Frankenstein” is a landmark film in the horror genre and is regarded as one of the earliest examples of a feature-length horror film. While its special effects and production values may seem primitive by modern standards, the film remains a significant piece of cinema history and an important influence on later horror films.

J. Searle Dawley

Mary Shelley, J. Searle Dawley

Mary Fuller, Charles Ogle, Augustus Phillips

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