Frankenstein (1910) – Watch for Free

Produced by Thomas Edision, this is the first film adaptation of Mary Shelly’s novel Frankenstein- a ten-minute short subject written and directed by J. Searle Dawley, who takes a few key incidents and weaves them into an imaginative, mystical take on the story. (In keeping with the novel, this film has little to say about science; Frankenstein’s methods seem more magical than medical.)

Although old-fashioned and somewhat stagey in its presentation, this version of FRAKENSTEIN remains of more than historical interest, thanks to an interesting use of early special effects and a cleverly condensed storyline (prompting the Overlook Encyclopedia of Film: Horrorto label the film “an extraordinary effort for its time”). The creation scene is a stand-out, and the ending is like nothing seen in any subsequent film (although it does emphasize the doppelganger theme of the story, literally turning the monster into a mirror image of its creator).

FRANKENSTEIN (1910). Produced by Thomas Edison, Written and Directed by J. Searle Dawley. Cast: Agustus Phillipe (Frankenstein), Charles Ogle (Frankenstein’s creation), Mary Fuller (Frankenstein’s fiance).

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Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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