The endurance of the Frankenstein narrative as a modern cinematic myth is undeniable. Its flexibility has produced classic and contemporary horror film-most notably the Universal films of the thirties-but it has also resulted in unusual hybrids, such as musical horror-comedy (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), hyperbolic parody (Flesh for Frankenstein), and science fiction (the Alien and Terminator series). This sourcebook provides a complete guide to all of the story's filmic incarnations-including essential information such as cast, creative personnel, and plot summaries-and also guides the reader to relevant primary texts such as scripts, posters, production histories, and newspaper clippings. Utilizing an approach that is both popular and scholarly, and including spotlight essays that deal with contemporary academic approaches to the subject, The Frankenstein Film Sourcebook reveals the depth of the cinematic range of interpretations of a classic modern myth.
Comprehensive in its scope, The Frankenstein Film Sourcebook provides an alphabetical guide to two hundred films that incorporate the Frankenstein narrative. It also delves into both primary and secondary perspectives and includes discussions of aspects of the films, such as their depiction of women, which is relevant to current scholarly critiques.
About the Author
Caroline Joan (Kay) S. Picart is associate professor of humanities and English at Florida State University. She is the author of Resentment and the Feminine in Nietzsche's Politico-Aesthetics, Thomas Mann and Friedrich Nietzsche: Eroticism, Death, Music, and Laughter, The Cinematic Rebirths of Frankenstein (Greenwood, forthcoming).
Frank Smoot works as an exhibit researcher and director of publications at the Chippewa Valley Museum, a regional history museum in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He has done text layout and copy editing for numerous books.
Jayne Blodgett is currently studying English Literature in the Master's program at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and plans to pursue a PhD with a specialty in contemporary British fiction.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Noël Carroll
Introduction by Caroline Joan S. Picart
A Note on the Entries
An Alphabetical Listing of Frankenstein Films
Appendix One: General Texts on Frankenstein Films
Appendix Two: "Body Parts" Films
Appendix Three: "Re-Animation" Films