• NR
  • 1h 10m
  • 1931
Certified Fresh100%
Common Sense Media Iconage 10+
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Boris Karloff stars in Frankenstein, as the screen's most memorable monster, in what many consider to be the greatest horror film ever made. Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster (Karloff) out of lifeless body parts. Director James Whale's adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel blended with Karloff's compassionate portrayal of a creature groping for identity makes Frankenstein a masterpiece not only of the genre, but of all time.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh100%
Critics Consensus: Still unnerving to this day, Frankenstein adroitly explores the fine line between genius and madness, and features Boris Karloff's legendary, frightening performance as the monster.
Village Voice
Elliott Stein

The most influential horror film ever made, this stark and stylish work has a weird fairytale beau...

June 25, 2017
TIME Magazine

[Whale] did it in the Grand Guignol manner, with as many queer sounds, dark corners, false faces a...

June 21, 2017
Alfred Rushford Greason

Maximum of stimulating shock is there, but the thing is handled with subtle change of pace and shi...

June 21, 2017
Chicago Reader
Don Druker

One of the most deservedly famous and chilling horror films of all time.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Classic monster movie still electrifies.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this horror movie is tame by today's standards, it does deal with issues of life and death and scientific ethics. Also, there are some killings, including a child who is drowned when a monster throws her into a lake. Younger children might be frightened by the monster, themes of grave-robbing, and the laboratory scenes. Still, older kids accustomed to modern-day horror's fast pace and stylized violence may find the film too "old-school" for their tastes.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror, Thriller, Drama
  • Release Date:November 21, 1931
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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