August 24, 2007

Frankenstein Begins

On Monday, August 24, 1931, actors Colin Clive and Dwight Frye dig up a fresh corpse on the cemetery set. Frankenstein — fated to become the most famous horror film of all time — begins shooting, under the direction of James Whale.

Later on, for the film’s climax, torch-wielding villagers will scour this same studio-bound mountain and Frankenstein will confront his Monster under the same sagging canvas sky. The solemn, artificial landscape lends a dream-like quality to the proceedings.


Boris Karloff is seen here wearing an early test makeup. Notice the clamped “horns” on the forehead, the dark greasepaint down the right cheek and the fleshy lips. In the final, refined film version, makeup man Jack Pierce would smooth out the forehead, adding a single vertical scar over the right eye, and the lips would be painted to appear thinner.


6 comments:

Monster-Maniac said...

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pf said...

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Max the drunken severed head said...

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Thanks for the link and I will do the same for you!

Max

pf said...

I am reasonably sure that this is the first time I’ve been congratulated by a severed head, drunken or sober. I am honored. Queasy, but honored.

Monster-Maniac said...

Thanks! Good sense of humor on you too :)

Anonymous said...

Karloff visited me as The monster from the 1st & 2nd films. He was 1/2 scale. He acknowledge me when I identified him from the films. This was in 6/2011. My deceased mother and brother came through as well. He must have also visited others. Sara won't comment. I'm Mark Robinson in Georgia. This is NO JOKE!!! Sincerely.