The Victorians Are Coming!
First comes the news that rickets, the bendy-legged disease cause by a lack of Vitamin D and no sunlight, is making a return in Britain due to the hours that kids now spend in front of computer games (or perhaps they’re reading from eBooks in their darkened rooms – hah!).
Then we hear that Danny Boyle (wasn’t Slumdog Millionaire actually a Victorian novel reimagined in India?) is bringing Frankenstein to the English stage. It’s a long-gestating plan that will hopefully be realised next year. And given the director’s affinity with horror, I imagine it will be bloody scary.
Here’s The Times’ far-from-definitive history of Frankenstein…
Frankenstein, the novel by Mary Shelley, above, is published
Frankenstein, or The Vampire’s Victim, a musical burlesque show by Meyer Lutz, mounted in London
A 16-minute silent picture is directed by J. Searle Dawley
Boris Karloff stars in James Whale’s acclaimed adaptation, left
Karloff reprises his role in The Bride of Frankenstein, above right, second of eight Universal Studios films in the 1930s and 1940s
Hammer Films release The Curse of Frankenstein starring Peter Cushing, a series of seven films focusing on Dr Frankenstein, not the monster
Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder combine to create one of the definitive comedy horror films, Young Frankenstein
BBC adaptation with Robert Powell, David Warner and Carrie Fisher
The Bride stars Sting as Baron Charles Frankenstein and Clancy Brown as the Monster
Ken Russell’s film Gothic retells the legend of Mary Shelley and Lord Byron’s visit to Villa Diodati, resulting in the creation of Frankenstein and The Vampyre
Kenneth Branagh directs Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter and John Cleese in a much hyped Frankenstein