Horror Halloween Weekend: Frankenstein

Miami Beach Cinematheque. October 31st, 2009. 8:30 p.m.

The 1931 film Frankenstein, directed by James Whale and featuring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke and John Boles, will be screened at the Miami Beach Cinematheque on October 31st, 2009 at 8:30 p.m.

James Whale is most famous for this early film of the Universal Horror cannon. . . the one that started it all for a studio is dire need of a successful image, and the one that was followed by a series of sequels and related entries in the world’s most famous and respected horror cycle. Boris Karloff plays the monster. Colin Clive plays Dr. Frankenstein. Together they made history under Whale’s direction, and now, the film is finally HD digitally restored for eternity. Be the first to see it in pristine condition.

Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive), an ardent young scientist, and his devoted assistant Fritz (Dwight Frye), a hunch-back, piece together a human body, the parts of which have been secretly collected from various sources. Frankenstein’s consuming desire is to create human life through various electrical devices which he has perfected.

Elizabeth (Mae Clarke), his fiancée, is worried to distraction over his peculiar actions. She cannot understand why he secludes himself in an abandoned watchtower, which he has equipped as a laboratory, and refuses to see anyone. She and her friend, Victor Moritz (John Boles), go to Dr. Waldman (Edward Van Sloan), his old medical professor, and ask Dr. Waldman’s help in reclaiming the young scientist from his absorbing experiments. Elizabeth, intent on rescuing Frankenstein, arrives just as Henry is making his final tests. They all watch Frankenstein and the hunchback as they raise the dead creature on an operating table, high into the room, toward an opening at the top of the laboratory. Then a terrific crash of thunder, the crackling of Frankenstein’s electric machines, and the hand of Frankenstein’s monster (Boris Karloff) begins to move. The rest is history!

Miami Beach Cinematheque
512 Española Way
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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