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"Frankenstein" is a film about a mad, obsessed scientist, Dr. Henry Frankenstein", who creates a monster, by taking body parts from dead people. Upon placing a brain inside the head of the monster, Henry and his assistant Fritz are amazed that the experiment is alive. When the monster mistakenly kills Maria, a young girl he meets down by the river, the town is up in arms and aims to bring the monster to justice. They find the monster and his creator in an old windmill, where the monster is attempting to kill his maker.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Whale] did it in the Grand Guignol manner, with as many queer sounds, dark corners, false faces and cellar stairs as could possibly be inserted."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The film is unique in Whale's work in that the horror is played absolutely straight, and it has a weird fairytale beauty not matched until Cocteau made La Belle et la BÍte."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Shocking in its day and still a genuinely creepy experience, director James Whale's primitive yet enthralling interpretation of Mary Shelley's classic tale of man playing God is the most influential genre movie ever made."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Classic monster movie still electrifies."
‑ Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media
"The genius of all this beauty is that it truly is chillingly scary."
‑ Cole Abaius, Film School Rejects
"Maximum of stimulating shock is there, but the thing is handled with subtle change of pace and shift of tempo that keeps attention absorbed to a high voltage climax."
‑ Alfred Rushford Greason, Variety
"A stirring grand-guignol type of picture, one that aroused so much excitement at the Mayfair yesterday that many in the audience laughed to cover their true feelings."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"...a watchable yet consistently uneven horror flick that feels long even at 70 minutes..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Frankenstein is a horror film that turns (miraculously) into an existential tale of man's fear of abandonment"
‑ Dan Jardine, Slant Magazine
"From the standpoint of the story, cast, direction and photography the picture is sure to rate with the greatest in picturedom."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
"One of the most deservedly famous and chilling horror films of all time."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"As much as the later movies diluted the character of the Frankenstein creature, nothing could blunt the impact made by Karloff in the role of the most memorable movie monster of all time."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The film has a touching, almost childlike humanity that allowed audiences to actually identify with the monster."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"If it isn't the best American horror film of the 1930s, that's only because the extremely gifted director James Whale wasn't done with the franchise quite yet."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Beautiful photography, a heartbreaking story, and iconic moments from beginnning to end. Absolutely unmissable."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
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