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Released 1931
Distributor Universal Pictures

Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel inspired this 1931 collaboration between James Whale and Boris Karloff, a gothic tour de force that changed the course of motion pictures. Colin Clive plays Henry Frankenstein, the over-zealous monster-maker, and Karloff is his tragic creation—manufactured from a dozen different body parts but with a lonely soul all his own. Mae Clarke is Frankenstein’s beleaguered bride and bent-backed Dwight Frye plays the doctor’s cruel assistant—he suffers a ghoulish if fitting fate. Jack Pierce designed Karloff’s legendary make-up.

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About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New BatchInnerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The HowlingPiranhaMatineeThe ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in ActionThe Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police SquadAmazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, IndianaCSI: NYHawaii 5-0Witches of East EndLegends of Tomorrow and Salem. His most recent big screen credit is an episode of the anthology film Nightmare Cinema. Joe is also the frequent co-host of Trailers From Hell’s official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!