Mary Shelley’s classic book, Frankenstein, has had a massive impact on culture since it was published in 1818. It’s a chilling and exciting book that warns of the risks of scientific ambition going too far. It’s a story that still resonates today in popular culture. What’s Halloween without images of Frankenstein’s monster plastered all over? Boris Karloff’s iconic portrayal of Shelley’s reanimated monster has been ingrained into the public memory. The 1931 Frankenstein movie is just one of many film and television portrayals of the infamous monster. In fact, there are so many I don’t even have space here to list them all (click here to see what I mean).
The next appearance of Frankenstein and his monster will be in a film coming out on November 25th called Victor Frankenstein.
Victor Frankenstein is directed by Paul McGuigan (Push, Lucky Number Seven) and stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, The Woman in Black) as Igor and James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Last King of Scotland) as Victor Frankenstein.
This time we experience the classic story from the viewpoint of Igor, Frankenstein’s assistant. I think it’s safe to assume that we will not be seeing the typical retched, subservient version of Frankenstein’s assistant that has become the norm in these films. Instead, Radcliffe’s Igor seems to be more like a friend and colleague to Frankenstein. It certainly is a new take on the story of Frankenstein and I’m curious to see how it turns out.
Fun Fact: Igor is not a character in the original book. Igor would appear in later films and is largely based on the character named Fritz, who was Frankenstein’s assistant in the 1931 film. However the best Igor to date is played by Marty Feldman in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein.