Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, Ian Holm, Tom Hulce, Aidan Quinn, John Cleese
Release Date: November 4, 1994
Frankenstein 1994, also known as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, is a movie adaption of the original Mary Shelley novel that is much closer to the text itself. Other films were based on adapted plays and took many liberties, but this one is much closer to the original concept and the original storyline, making it an intriguing film that is carried on today with a great selection of blu-ray and DVD options, movie poster memorabilia and more.
Frankenstein 1994 stars Robert De Niro as the monster himself, and it is directed by Kenneth Branagh. Other leading characters include Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter, and the direct, Branagh. De Niro's job as the monster is noted as the film's strongest point, while critics were mixed on the movie as a whole and how it was done. It wasn't a very strong hit in the American box office, but did more sales globally.
Victor Frankenstein takes over the work and experiment from Professor Waldman, and begins trying to put his monster together and bring it to life. He succeeds, but is repulsed and horrified by the monster, and it runs away and lives on its own. The monster educates itself, learning to read and speak, but fails to win the affection of other, normal people despite this. Therefore, he basically gives up on trying to fit in with humanity, and wants to be more of a monster, growing his hate for Frankenstein all the while.
Frankenstein finds that the monster wants a bride created for him, and wants the body of his servant, Justine, to be used. With a bride, he will leave humanity for good, and will no longer bother anyone. Frankenstein refuses and the monster runs off, eventually coming back on Victor and Elizabeth's wedding night and ripping out Elizabeth's heart. Frankenstein assembles an "Elizabeth" monster using Justine's body, but the new woman creature burns herself alive upon seeing what she looks like.
Victor continues to try to hunt down the monster, eventually dying of sickness, at which point the monster reveals himself and burns both Victor, for the funeral ceremony, and himself, together, ending the drama once and for all.
Frankenstein 1994 is definitely much closer to the Mary Shelley story, and De Niro is fantastic as the monster himself. Pick up the monster movie on DVD or blu-ray, and don't forget to decorate the walls with a movie poster or two, as well.