A 'Frankenstein' timeline
From novelist’s dream to modern icon, here’s Frankie through the ages.
Mary Godwin inspired to write FRANKENSTEIN during an all-night blowout with fiance Percy Shelley and Lord Byron.
First, silent filming of story, starring somebody named Charles Ogle as the monster.
FRANKENSTEIN typecasts Boris Karloff as hulking goon for life.
James Whale’s THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, still the best sequel ever made, followed by three further Franks.
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN makes story relevant to youth of the day.
I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN makes story relevant to youth of the day.
THE MUNSTERS debuts on TV. Fred Gwynne typcast as hulking goon for life.
JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER stumbles over genre boundaries.
General Mills introduces FRANKENBERRY cereal.
BLACKENSTEIN strikes for cheap exploitation-movie civil rights.
Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is first Frankenstein film to feature monster singing ”Puttin’ on the Ritz.”
THE BRIDE and John Hughes’ WEIRD SCIENCE make story relevant to youth of the day. Both films bomb; youth of the day are watching RE-ANIMATOR.
Ultimate safe-sex cautionary tale: Frank Henelotter’s FRANKENHOOKER.