Must See: Frankenstein Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.


Title: Frankenstein
Date: 1931

Vitals: In the role that made him a horror movie star of the 1930s, Boris Karloff is both menacing and pathetic as Dr. Frankenstein's monster, a creature cobbled together out of dead parts and given life by the quintessential mad doctor. Based on the book by Mary Shelley that many consider to be the first science fiction novel written in English, the 1931 Frankenstein is perhaps the most famous film version.

Famous names: Directed by James Whale; starring Boris Karloff as the monster.

Crunchy goodness: 4

Spinoffs/Sequels/Copycats: The only contemporary reimagining of the Frankenstein story worth seeing is Frankenhooker, about a mad engineer who sews his dead girlfriend's head onto the (dead) body parts of hookers. Just see it - it's indescribably great.

The shit: Dr. Frankenstein's lab, complete with lightning-powered everything.

Life lesson: If you build an oversized humanoid monster out of dead bodies, chances are it will kill your girlfriend.

Review of Frankenstein