April 26, 2012
“Tells the great story as Mary Shelley wrote it…” Well, not quite. In fact, Frankenstein: The True Story (1973), as written by Don Bachardy and Christopher Isherwood, was one of the most innovative and over-the-top re-imagining of the story ever filmed, owing more to Hammer Films’ Frankenstein series — including the services of makeup man Roy Ashton and the stages of Pinewood Studios — than anything Mary ever wrote.
The ad copy may be all wrong, but the beautiful stippled artwork, artist unknown, is perfect. Michael Sarrazin played the decaying monster in this TV movie, but the unraveling bandages in the illustration show eyes and a nose that obviously belong to Boris Karloff.