The Very First Time Frankenstein Took to the Screen

It’s Wednesday, which means more talk about that classic undead, Frankenstein’s monster.

A few weeks ago we got started with some trivia about the book where it all began, so this week I thought we’d look at the first time this story was put to film. But it wasn’t where you might believe.

Edison (yeah, Thomas Edison, the light bulb guy, he did other stuff, too!) Studios made a short film for the movie in 1910, but it was called sacrilegious (as this story often was) and disappeared into the night. It didn’t pop back up again until the 1950s when a private collector found it. Now, due to the wonders of the modern world, you can watch this twelve minute movie right here on Youtube:


Isn’t it great that living in the future means we can also live in the past? Funny thing, time.

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  • Kathy Palm
    March 11, 2015

    Ha! That’s fabulous!

  • Kim Graff (@k_writes)
    March 12, 2015

    That’s so fascinating. I must admit, even though I’ve read the book, I don’t know much bout the Frankenstein culture so all of these posts are fabulous 🙂

    • Faith McKay
      Kim Graff (@k_writes)
      March 12, 2015

      Thanks, I’m enjoying putting them together.

      I just love how this one idea grows into so many different things. It’s easier to track and look at then, say, vampires–which are just everywhere (though of course I love them, too!).

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    March 18, 2015

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