Saturday, October 27, 2012

Frankenstein on the big screen

Recently my sister invited me and C to go see a double feature of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein at the local movie theater. It is part of TCM's Event Series. C and I are both big fans of Universal's old horror movies so this was a real treat. The picture quality was quite good (I believe they have been restored). The sound was less impressive, even with the excellent sound system of the theater. 

Of the two, I probably prefer the first movie more. The second tries to throw in a bit more humor through the supporting cast which is generally just annoying. The monster is more sympathetic in the sequel as he comes to realize his hideous appearance and the utter repulsion it causes. But the first is more a classic horror film. No blood or gore. Just moody, creepy, use your imagination horror. Neither movies is terribly accurate to the book.

This was a one night only treat, so if you missed it you're out of luck. However, there are other classic movies in the TCM series. If you love old movies, it might be worth checking out to have the opportunity to see a favorite on the big screen.

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