Monstrous May Kicks Off with Karloff in the Original "Frankenstein":- Tonight!

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Tonight on MeTV- we kick off a full month of films featuring Universal’s most famous monster- one that, if you ask most people to name a horror film monster, is very likely to be mentioned first! We begin this monstrous May with the origin story of the cobbled-together creature, in the initial performance of the great Boris Karloff depicting the definitive version of the Frankenstein Monster- in his masterful portrayal of Mary Shelley's creation. Here is where the sound movie legend of the Monster began- in the original 1931 classic- “Frankenstein”! ( And let’s ignore the whole “Frankenstein is the doctor’s name, not the Monster’s” debate- it’s become far too tiresome- just like every tissue isn’t a “Kleenex”!)

The eerie tale begins as we witness a funeral- after which young Dr. Henry Frankenstein and his hunchbacked assistant Fritz sneak to the grave to retrieve the body! They are collecting body parts to combine into a being that Henry will bring to consciousness using his theories on creating life! More parts are collected, and Fritz, assigned to collect a brain from the university- ends up stealing one that previously occupied the skull of a criminal!

Though having no idea what her intended is up to, Henry's fiancee Elizabeth is worried that his work is driving him to a mental and physical breakdown- and, dismayed by his refusal to see anyone at his laboratory, recruits one of Henry’s friends- along with his former teacher- to try to calm him and persuade him to leave the lab. It appears to be too late, as they witness Henry's completion of his quest to bring life to dead tissue, using his fabulous laboratory equipment, along with the power of lightning, to make his creation live!

While, at first, it seems that Henry is in recovery, and preparing for his wedding to Elizabeth- the lure of further experimentation with his "new man" is something he can't ignore- as he returns to the lab, aided by his teacher Dr. Waldman - and Fritz, who seems to be doing more harm than good. The threat of the Monster becoming a deadly danger to them is more and more evident- and its lack of understanding and great strength convince Henry that his creation must be destroyed. However- as Henry is preoccupied with his wedding day- the Monster makes his escape- and soon, is terrorizing the entire area !

I'm sure most of you know the story, so I'll just leave it at that- and let you enjoy this beloved horror film once again. Boris Karloff, of course, is outstanding as the Monster- giving him nuances and shadings of emotion that few portrayals of the creature ever equaled. Colin Clive plays the obsessed Henry- and Mae Clarke is his frantic fiancée. We get the former 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- including the first segment featuring highlights of the 2019 C2E2 comics and entertainment convention ( with more to come in the future!)

"Frankenstein" comes to life tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central- and you can check for time and channel in your area at or in your local TV listings. Once again, I’ll remind you that some TV providers are listing our show by the movie title instead of as “Svengoolie”- so, if you plan on recording it- make sure you check how your provider has the show listed.  Again last Saturday, the many Twitter fans who live-Tweet during our show had us trending nationally- even hitting number one- so feel free to join in- using the hashtag #svengoolie. In the Chicago viewing area, we give you a second a wobbly wiggly encore of “The Blob”” at 11 am on WCIU, the U.

The results of the voting in the Rondo Awards  was announced this past Monday- and I am so honored to again have been voted favorite horror host, coming in ahead of such luminaries as Elvira and Joe Bob Briggs! I’ve been told that I got more votes than any other person or thing in any category.  My thanks go to everyone who voted- and much respect to all my fellow hosts who were in the category. Most importantly, thank you for supporting the Rondos and joining the many voices of fans of our genre!

More big things are on the way for my 40th year as Sven anniversary- including a special event at this year’s Flashback Weekend! We’ll make more announcements soon.

But tonight- beware of the lightning that will spawn the greatest monster in Universal Studios history!

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CloudRains 9 months ago
Cangrats to Sven on the Rondo Award! Believe or not, the next road to the north of me is Hatton Ave! Always think of Rondo when I see the street sign.
daleuhlmann 9 months ago
Good Sunday morning, group! Florida Lynn emailed me and asked me to post some information from her. She's still having trouble posting, so she has asked that people wishing to contact her use this temporary address she has set up (temporary, not permanent, so I'm assuming it's okay if I post it. In any event, please, Sven Administrator, consider this a special case regarding the rule against posting email addresses):
[email protected]

Also, she wishes Trout a very happy belated birthday.

CarrieLynnCastro 9 months ago
Great show Sven and Doug 🎩 Always fun🎉
CarrieLynnCastro 9 months ago
Goodnight everyone
🌠🌒🌠 Sorry I did not
Post much was not feeling well. I loved all your post 😄
Have a great week 💝
JohnBlair 9 months ago
One toke over the line friend Good
Uboat534 9 months ago
Enjoy all wish I could join you. Great one tonight!
Matt 9 months ago
Well a woman has fallen in love with Little Joe on Bonanza. She's dead for sure.
MADave 9 months ago
Well goodnight all and good luck to the first blogger
JournalJeff2 9 months ago
Catbat: great news about your Dad!
Catbat JournalJeff2 9 months ago
Thanks and a Huge Thank you to all that kept the good vibes coming.
1MikeM 9 months ago
Y'know the thing about a Bride of Frankenstein? She's got...lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes.
JournalJeff2 1MikeM 9 months ago
So true, but she has that cool swirl in her hair too.
MADave 9 months ago
Like Quizzical I too will be absent from the blog tomorrow we will be celebrating mother’s day with my sister up north in New Hampshire I’ll try to hit the number 1 spot later tonight/early tomorrow morning but in case I don’t make it have a happy mother’s day to all the moms here on the blog
Catbat MADave 9 months ago
You will be missed. Enjoy yourself! Tell all the Moms in your life "Happy 🌻 Mother's Day for me 😊
Flyboy 9 months ago
Catbat Flyboy 9 months ago
Wrong bride 👰silly 🙃
Flyboy Catbat 9 months ago
i know but she's still
daleuhlmann Catbat 9 months ago
That's great news, dear--glad to hear it!
Catbat Flyboy 9 months ago
I knew you were gonna say that Haha 😂
Catbat daleuhlmann 9 months ago
Thank you Dear. He's so ready mentality
Catbat 9 months ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve All!
Much needed this week. If all goes according to plan my Dad should be coming home this Wednesday.
Butler so glad you get to stay home this weekend.
Flyboy Catbat 9 months ago
that's good news miss cat...maybe now you can enjoy the movie more tomorrow
Lynn Catbat 9 months ago
Excellent news, Catbat!
MADave Catbat 9 months ago
Flyboy 9 months ago
"Smoke, gooooood....lung cancer, goood...friennnnnnnd!"
Ravenwoman 9 months ago
Just flying in 🦇 to say G'nite, enjoy the movie tomorrow night! 😘🗽🕯🕯🕯⚡⚡⚡

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