A sailing ship exploring the North Pole is grounded on the icepack. There the crew encounter a madman who introduces himself as Victor Frankenstein and tells the captain an incredible story. The son of a wealthy Geneva doctor, he entered medical school where he became fascinated with the theories of Professor Waldman who claimed to be able to reactivate lifeforce by electrical stimulation of the Chinese acupuncture points. The creature survived and learned to speak by listening in on a family living in the forest.
The second major influence is the work of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, a pulp-fiction writer whose short life ended before the Second World War. Where the studios were motivated by publicity and commercialism, Lovecraft was motivated by horror of publicity and by a disgust with commercial enterprise.
Lovecraft remains, fifty years after his death, an enigmatic writer and a strange and stranded personality. His output was small, consisting of two novellas one published after his death and some short stories, many of which were completed by others after his death.
In many ways Lovecraft has been an influence on film makers especially Roger Corman and on other writers Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Colin Wilson, Ramsay Campbell and Stephen Kingbut Lovecraft himself remains locked away — a cult interest for fantasy fanatics who are rare and academics or intellectuals who are rarer.
Lovecraft and what did he do? Magazines such as Weird Tales met these needs follosing the decline of dime novels. The adolescent, mostly male readership that emerged during this period looked to magazines which included the petit-bourgeois writers such as themselves who represented the world of a class and a culture that felt it had no voice.
This was a class that saw itself as neither proletarian nor bourgeois and that felt itself exploited by bourgeois cultural requirements. Lovecraft emerged from such a class, being self-educated, aspiring to be an eighteenth-century gentleman yet the son of a travelling salesman.
The readership of one class unknowingly united with another readership of fantasy tales — the bourgeois intelligentsia, who also felt and feel disenfranchised. In both classes a desire for a period before technological specialization the very period from which these classes emerfe led to an alliance among the pages of Weird Tales.
This conspiracy involves the translation of social factors into black magic and occult forces which because they are about to return suggest they are outside human therefore bourgeois control. Like his characters, the pulp-fiction author has no biography: Hence, like the tales of the fabulous that he produced, the author himself becomes fabulous, and this [-p.
The essential element thus emerges which constitutes the industrial processes within which Lovecraft tales exist. But it is a world where the production process is always out of control. Popular reading and pulp theory.yunusemremert.com: Bram Stoker's Dracula / Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Set: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Robert De Niro, A great dvd combo!
Back in the day, I had both of these flicks on video tape, nice to be able to get them both /5(51). Mary Shelley's Frankenstein debuts on Blu-ray with a strong p, framed transfer.
The image retains a film-like look and a somewhat subtle layer of natural film grain. This transfer isn't. In two Gothic novels, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and Dracula by Bram Stoker, the monster is a crucial element.
The Gothic genre was popular in the Nineteenth Century, and the monster is a key theme, as in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. "Both one of the most horror-oriented and one of the most thought-provoking versions of the often-filmed tale, "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" brings together a great cast - spearheaded by Robert DeNiro as the Monster and Kenneth Brannagh as Victor Von Frankenstein - for a big, epic production.
Mary’s life is recounted with insight and empathy by Fiona Sampson’s “In Search of Mary Shelley”, the most engaging of a clutch of books published to mark the novel’s bicentenary. Mary of course, wrote Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. There are differing opinions regarding Percy Bysshe Shelley’s involvement in writing both the original story, and the first published edition in .