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The Legend of the Frankenstein's monster

Frankenstein is one of the most horrifying stories ever imagined. This giant monster is made up of body parts stolen from the graveyard (cemetery), sewn together by a brilliant scientist (Victor Frankenstein) in a laboratory, and finally he is brought to life by electricity.

Brains, Bodies and Electricity

The story of Frankenstein was written in a time when scientists were making huge discoveries with electricity. It was over 200 years ago and a scientist by the name of Luigi Galvani had discovered that our brains sent electric signals to tell our bodies what to do. Scientists everywhere started experimenting with electricity, brains and bodies... including some very terrible practices.

Soon after these creepy stories, the story of Frankenstein was written.

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley was only 19 years old when she wrote the story of Frankenstein. Mary got her ideas from all the news about scientists stealing bodies from graveyards and working on bringing them back to life. She had many bad dreams (nightmares) of these stories. During a trip to Geneva, she won a writing contest held by a friend (Lord Byron) in which the participants had to tell the scariest horror story.
Her boyfriend Percy encouraged her to write her story onto paper and it was so good that it became one of the greatest novels ever written… Frankenstein!

Fankenstein's monster features

Lets take a look at all the different features of Frankenstein as it was described originally:

  • 8 Feet Tall (2 metres 43 cm. tall)
  • Large lips and forehead.
  • Long hair.
  • Scars and stitches in many different body locations.
  • Sleepy Eyes.
  • Walks like a zombie with arms straight forward.
  • He screams when there is fire near.
Model recreation of what the monster would be like if it really existed...

Frankenstein Films

Since 1931, there has been dozens of films made about the story of Frankenstein. The original story (the novel) is by far the best, but since then there have been some great films that have used the character of Frankenstein. Here are some of them:
Frankenstein (1931), directed by James Whale. Starring Boris Karloff as The Monster.

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), directed by James Whale. 
Starring Boris Karloff as The Monster and Valerie Hobson as Elizabeth.

 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), directed by Kenneth Branagh. 
Starring Robert De Niro as The Monster; Kenneth Branagh as Frankenstein and Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth.

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