Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster
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Ranking The 5 Best Frankenstein Movies Ever Made
"Frankenstein" movies have entertained audiences for decades. We at /News ranked our picks for the top five for your viewing pleasure.
“Son of Frankenstein” explores the legacy of the infamous scientist, Baron Wolf von Frankenstein. While not directed by James Whale, Boris Karloff does return as the Creature.
Ranked fifth, the 1939 film introduces Ygor, played by Bela Lugosi. The plot centers on the Baron's quest to save the Frankenstein name, ending in the revival of the Monster.
In fourth place, 1957’s “The Curse of Frankenstein” features Peter Cushing as the doctor and Christopher Lee as the Creature, revitalizing the story under Hammer Films.
The use of technicolor makes the film visually intense, and Cushing's portrayal of a hubristic and evil Frankenstein adds a uniqueness to this reboot.
Third place goes to Mel Brooks' comedic twist, “Young Frankenstein.” This hilarious parody released in 1974 lovingly pays homage to the Universal “Frankenstein” films.
Gene Wilder's Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, pronounced “Fronken-steen,” inherits his ancestor's estate and endeavors to replicate the experiment, giving rise to a new Creature.
In second place is the iconic near-century-old film that immediately comes to mind with the word “Frankenstein.” Boris Karloff plays the Monster in James Whale's 1931 film.
Karloff's acting, the use of electricity, the memorable line “It's alive!” and the Creature's silent, childlike demeanor all contribute to this classic film's enduring legacy.
Taking first is “Bride of Frankenstein,” the sequel that surpasses the original. Director James Whale skillfully weaves in subplots from the novel, solidifying its superiority.
The Creature craving companionship, Dr. Pretorius's debut, and the Bride's creation enhance the narrative, infusing the Monster with a humanity absent in the first film.