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Analyse and comment on how different films deal with the creation of a monster compared to the book Frankenstein.

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Frankenstein Analyse and comment on how different films deal with the creation of a monster compared to the book Frankenstein. The nature of horror stories gives the reader/audience a feeling of intense fear, shock or disgust. It creates an atmosphere of tension for the reader/audience. Horror stories are designed to entertain people by causing enjoyable feelings of horror. The purposes of the films/novel: In James Whale version and Mary Shelley's novel the purpose was to scare the reader/audience. In Mel Brooks Frankenstein the purpose of the film was to entertain to create humour, to make the audience laugh. Kenneth Branagh s film the purpose was to scare and shock the audience. The film shocks people because it shows what humans can do to nature. The film Frankenstein directed by James Whale, 1931 Ex-professor, fianc´┐Że and best friend act as an audience. They arrive just to attend Frankenstein's final experiment, the creation of an artificial human being. The creation is set in Frankenstein's tower and his laboratory - look as if they were taken directly out of a nightmare. They are leaded up to the laboratory. The walls and stairs are huge and irregular; the hunchback Fritz and the Monster cast creepy shadows on the walls. The laboratory is stacked with strange machines, electric devices and bubbling test tubes. ...read more.

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Assistants help to roll the blanket, turn the wheel, throw on the switches and sometimes shows them running this is to show they are actually doing something and not just standing there doing nothing. During the creation scene both Frankenstein wear a white coat showing they are scientists. In "Young Frankenstein", Frankenstein has stethoscope as well and big goggles - wears goggles to show the light is very bright and so the eyes need to be protected. "It's alive Emphasizes the "horror" of the physical creation of the Monster. The film Mary Shelley's Frankenstein directed by Kenneth Branagh, 1994 This film is in colour. Starts off with dramatic music very similar to the music used in Batman and the long cape that Victor wears. The creation set in a giant laboratory in the attic of victor's house A lot of action going on at a rapid pace, with chains rattling, machinery moving, music blasting; the effect being that the audience is swept along with Victor by the changing images, which are cut rhythmically and rapidly, making them forget that this process will in fact create a life. The monster is average height; physically appears more human. Monster is made out of discarded body parts that are stitched together. Eels (which produce electricity) and monster come down a huge tube into a coffin-shaped copper kettle with amniotic fluid. ...read more.

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His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God!" Mary Shelley gives a brief description of the monster, using as little detail as it would seem possible to, so that the features of the monster have to be created by the imagination of the reader. The story does not tell us how the monster was created again the creation would have to be created by the imagination of the reader. The character describes his monster as being 'ugly' and a 'miserable wretch'. He also talks about the 'breathless horror and disgust' that 'filled his heart' when he first saw the monster coming to life. Frankenstein describes the creation of his monster as a 'catastrophe', a pretty clear indication of what he thinks about his creature. I think the most successful is Kenneth Branagh version of the film because the film is made to look very realistic to the olden days even though it was directed in 1994. I think the features, visual affects and images of the film make the creation very successful. The settings, the monster etc is very different to the other versions it gives the film its own individuality and its own good affects. It would be quite boring if this film were more or less the same as the other two versions. This film gives us a new taste to the creation of a monster. Penny Ho ...read more.

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