August 19, 2015
Directed by Paul McGuinan, VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, the “biggest” new Frankenstein picture in years awaits release, come late November. James McAvoy plays the title role, but the film’s point of view is that of perennial assistant Igor, played by Daniel Radcliffe.
At top here is the American trailer, released this week. The next one here is the UK trailer. It’s worth watching both, offering very different views of the same film. The American trailer plays up the humor and the chaotic thrills on tap, with McAvoy delivering a number of quips. The UK trailer, with opening narration by Radcliffe, is more straightforward, rock score aside, notably with a hint of Igor’s past as a hunchback, and a good look at a horrific monkey-monster.
We note the now inevitable “It’s alive!” line, first introduced as “It Lives!” by Richard Brinsley Peake in 1823 for the first Frankenstein play, Presumption, or The Fate of Frankenstein. Peake also introduced the assistant, named Fritz. Ygor with a “y” was introduced by Bela Lugosi in SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939).
Note also a quick shot of free-floating eyeballs following a light source, first manipulated by Peter Cushing in Terence Fisher’s THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1956).
If you care to google, there’s a lot of buzz about the film, including video of Radcliffe and McAvoy discussing the picture at this summer’s San Diego Comicon.
Looking forward to this one.