(Investigator 45, 1995 November)
On a stormy night in Switzerland in 1816 four people swapped ghost stories. They were English poet Lord Byron, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his new wife Mary Wollstonecraft and Byron’s friend Dr Polidori. That night the idea for the story of Frankenstein was born.
The book was published in 1818. In the story a student named Frankenstein used corpses from cemeteries and dissecting rooms to construct a monster which he then animated with electricity.
appeared on stage in
five versions including an opera.
In 1910 came the first screen version.
Subsequent movies were:
1920 Il Mostro di Frakestein
1935 The Bride of Frankenstein
1939 Son of Frankenstein
1942 Ghost of Frankenstein
1943 Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman
1944 House of Frankenstein
1945 House of Dracula
1948 Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
1957 The Curse of Frankenstein
1957 I Was a Teenage Frankenstein
1958 The Revenge of Frankenstein
1959 Frankenstein's Daughter
1964 The Evil of Frankenstein
1966 Frankenstein Conquers the World
1966 Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster
1966 Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter
1967 Frankenstein Created Woman
1967 Mad Monster Party
1970 Blood of Frankenstein
1970 Dr Frankenstein on Campus
1970 Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
1970 Horror of Frankenstein
1971 Lady Frankenstein
1973 Frankenstein: The True Story
1973 Flesh For Frankenstein
1974 Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell
1974 Young Frankenstein
1977 Frankenstein – Italian Style
1977 Victor Frankenstein
1981 Frankenstein Island
1985 The Bride
1986 The Vindicator
1988 Frankenstein General Hospital
1988 Haunted Summer
1990 Bride of Re-Animator
1990 Frankenstein Unbound
Constructing a monster from bits from various corpses and giving it life with electricity is and will be a technological/scientific impossibility. However something similar – a creature created via cloning combined with gene manipulation – may be possible.
If you've seen more than six or seven of the movies you might ask yourself: "Why do I find this so fascinating?"
Re: Article of Frankenstein
(Investigator 46, 1996 January)
The concluding paragraph on page 51 reads, "Constructing a monster from bits and pieces from various corpses and giving it life with electricity is and will be a technological/scientific impossibility." Really?!
In view of the advances
made in medical
over the past couple of decades how can the writer be so absolutely
Severed body parts, including fingers, toes, ears, penises, arms and
have all been restored to their owners. Organ transplants are
Bones, skin and cartilage can be grown and grafted. Seen recently on TV
human ear being grown on the back of a hairless mouse, and baboons' and
pigs' hearts about to be transplanted into humans.
Tissue and organ rejection has been the major problem in the past, but has increasingly been overcome. Using "bits and pieces" to repair or even create a body may not be as far-fetched as the writer would have us believe!