Tonight on MeTV- as our month long “FrankenFest” continues, we take you back to where it all began- with the film in which the greatest monster in horror history is brought to life- with the initial performance of the great Boris Karloff in his masterful portrayal of Mary Shelley's famed literary creation. The movie legend begins in the original 1931 classic- “Frankenstein”!
We begin by witnessing a somber funeral ceremony- the sanctity of which young Dr. Henry Frankenstein and his hunchbacked assistant Fritz despoil afterwards by sneaking to the grave to retrieve the newly buried body! The plan- collecting body parts to combine into a being that Henry theorizes he can return life with a theoretical technique! He collects more body parts and trusts Fritz to collect a brain from the university- only to have the bumbling assistant accidentally steal one that previously occupied the skull of a criminal !
Meanwhile, Henry's soon-to-be bride Elizabeth, who has no idea what her fiancé is up to, worries that his work is driving him to a mental and physical breakdown. Despite his refusal to see anyone while immersed in his work at the laboratory, she recruits one of Henry’s friends- along with a former teacher he respects- to try to intervene, provide some calming influence on him, and persuade him to take a break. Sadly, it is too late to do so, as they witness Henry's completion of his quest- to bring life to dead tissue, using his fabulous laboratory equipment, along with the awesome power of lightning, to make his creation live!
At first, it seems that Henry has achieved his goal, and has relaxed, and is on the road to recovery and his wedding to Elizabeth- but the lure of further experimentation with his "new man" is something he can't ignore. He returns to the lab, aided by his teacher Dr. Waldman - and Fritz, who seems to be doing more harm than good. It becomes more and more evident that the Monster is becoming a danger to them - and its lack of understanding, combined with its fearsome strength, convinces Henry that his creation must indeed be destroyed! However- with Henry preoccupied with his wedding day- the Monster makes his escape- and soon grips the community in deadly fear!
We love presenting this cornerstone of horror films to our viewers once again. Boris Karloff is, to many, the definitive portrayer of the Monster- with nuances and shadings of emotion that few other actors who played the creature ever equaled, and which grew as he played him again in the series. Colin Clive is the obsessed and often frantic Henry- with Mae Clarke as his devoted fiancée. We get the actor who was Bela Lugosi’s Dracula nemesis Dr. Van Helsing- Edward Van Sloan- as Dr. Waldman- and former "Dracula" henchman Renfield- Dwight Frye- in the role of yet another sinister helper- Fritz! We’ll discuss these cast members, give you some background on the production, and provide all the usual Sven fun. Plus- we bring back some interviews sure to interest old-school pro wrestling fans- with Tommy Dreamer, Raven, and the late WWE Hall of Famer and member of the legendary “Road Warriors/Legion of Doom” tag team- Joe “Animal “ Laurinaitis! And , since many people enjoyed it in an earlier showing, we again present our meeting with a man who portrays another famous monster- one who hangs with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers-the fine actor who portrays the dual personalities of Dr. Bruce Banner and the Incredible Hulk on the big screen- Mark Ruffalo!
"Frankenstein" keeps “FrankenFest” rolling tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central- and you can check for time and channel in your area at www.metv.com or in your local TV listings. Many Twitter fans live-Tweet during our show, often making us trend nationally- so feel free to join in- using the hashtag #svengoolie. In the Chicago viewing area, we give you an encore of last week’s “FrankenFest” feature- the beloved “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” –at 11 am on our main local channel, CW26.
Have you checked out the Sven holiday sweater? Yes, it is an actual sweater this year- you’ll find it in our store! ( Yes, Virginia, there IS a store!)
Tonight- it’s alive! Not just “FrankenFest”- but the origin story that made film- and monster- history!