Friday, October 25, 2013

Stranger Nightmare IX: I, Frankenstein

Happy Frankenstein Friday! Tonight's nightmare is, appropriately, related to that memorable Monster which Mary Shelley and Victor Frankenstein unleashed onto the world back in 1818. It is also, due to time constraints relating to life getting in the way, rather a brief nightmare, as most of the talking will be done by the following trailer (which I caught during the previews before last weekend's showing of Carrie):

A friend who accompanied me that night harbored a less-than-optimistic prognosis for I, Frankenstein, apparently finding the trailer somewhat uninspiring. One can hardly blame him, though, after the high hopes we had a while back for Snow White and the Hunstman were, mostly thanks to Kristen Stewart and her non-acting, pretty much dashed to bits upon the sharp, cold rocks of disappointment.

I, on the other hand, am every bit as excited -- at least for the moment -- as I was when I first saw the trailer for Van Helsing. And no, that's not sarcasm, either; though I'm well aware a baffling amount of people didn't exactly enjoy the 2004 take on Dracula and his oldest nemesis, I personally put it on the top shelf of my mental collection of Halloween favorites, and hardly an October goes by without at least one viewing. Also, remember Underworld? (No, not the sequels, just the first one. You know, the good one.) I, Frankenstein is being produced by the same team -- so there's hope for it yet.

While I admit I find Aaron Eckhart a rather surprisingly pretty choice to play the undead patchwork creature that is Frankenstein's Monster, it could work... maybe. At any rate, the guy can definitely act, and the rest of the movie -- what with the effects and the fact that, for once, it's not just a bloody remake (also, GARGOYLES) -- looks like it could be seriously wonderful. Or seriously terrible. Here's hoping for the former outcome.

Of course, we're going to have to wait until 2014 to find out. In the meantime, however, you could always check out the graphic novel the movie is apparently based on. I haven't read it yet, but from first glance, it looks pretty neat.

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