I, Frankenstein and Dean Koontz’s Dead And Alive

I went to the movies last night to see I, Frankenstein in full blown 3D and even knowning it might not be good (imdb ratings are below 6), I was well impressed with the new story line, the CGI battles that looked so damn cool and even though the acting falters here and there, the main character (Eckhart) is full of passion and you can see his full dedication into putting everything he’s got into the movie. And I mean everything! wow…

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The Frankenstein films have seen more than their fair share of bad films. The James Whale 1931 and 1935 versions remain the best, with a nod to the comedic versions (Young Frankenstein, and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein) and perhaps the 1942 “Son of” which had a great performance by Lionel Atwill as the Inspector with the wooden arm.

This one is more like “Frankenstein vs the Creature from Blood Cove” (2005) or “Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster” (1965). The creature, in a very modified manner (smaller, talking, with existential questions no less) is the lynch pin in a war between demons and angels. There are some nice special effects along the way, especially with the gargoyles. It’s always good to see Bill Nighy (best known as Viktor in the “Underworld” series, but also for “The Constant Gardener” and “Love Actually” among others) and nice to see Yvonne Strahovski making the transition from her TV series (“Chuck” and “Dexter”).
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Funny bits: whenever Mr. Eckhart comes into a scene, he spreads his legs and poses like that (once you see it in the movie, you can’t un-see it).

The reason why I went to see Frankenstein is because I was intrigued.  A while back, I have read Dean Koontz’s Modern Frankenstein Series. It centers around what would have happened in modern times if Frankenstein’s monster wouldn’t have died and if Viktor Frankenstein, in his research, would have found a way to make his body immortal and survive until today (more than survive, thrive)

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I was half expecting in this movie, when they named Frankenstein’s monster, to say “Deucalion” instead of “Adam”, and when they didn’t I knew that I will have to come again to the cinema when they use Dean Koontz’s books as a reference, rather than comics.

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