I think it’s only fair I tortured my lovelies that I should subject myself to the same torture.
“If all the horror movies in the world were being destroyed and you could only save one, which one would it be?”
For me it is Frankenstein (1931)
Here is why. For one thing this movie caused a lot of chaos, one of my favorite things, for the simple fact that chaos shakes things up and forces people to think. The censors of the time wanted the now iconic line: “By God, now I know what it feels like to be God” to be removed on the grounds of blasphemy. Also, the scene where the monster throws the little girl into the lake or pond and she drowns. They thought it was too shocking for the audience.
I have to admit that scene was gut-wrenching for me. It was like a train wreck – you wanted to look away, but you couldn’t. And damn if you didn’t almost feel guilty for feeling compassion for the monster. Even though he just unwittingly took an innocent life.
For me this movie symbolizes us – humanity. We are beautiful yet frightening; amazing yet monstrous. The monster’s creator is both proud yet terrified by his own creation. I’m sure many of our parents feel that way. But more still is the creation’s search for love, understanding and acceptance from his creator. And he’s denied.
Many of us at some point in our lives wonder who or what created us, for what purpose and more importantly where the hell is that creator? Why is the creator absent from our life.
Even when we grow up and leave home we are thrust out into the world searching for love, companionship, understanding and acceptance.
When you cut right down to the bone, this story (movie) is about the human condition.
This movie works on so many levels, it has so many metaphors, and so many standards which are still being used in horror today. And yes, it is important to thank our horror maven Mary Shelley for this wonderful and terrifying story. In fact, I think she should be the patron saint of the Horror Honeys.
I hope I articulated this well enough or I am severely under-medicated.