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Frankenstein, Edited by Stuart Curran

A List of Movies Based on Frankenstein, 1910-2005


Since a complete list of films based directly or indirectly on Frankenstein would run into the thousands, it's convenient to exclude films with only a tangential relationship to the original novel: those, for instance, with only a mad scientist, a raising-from-the-dead theme, or a Creature cameo. This chronological list includes most of the major feature films between 1910 and 2005 based on Shelley's novel.

Frankenstein , Edison Film Company, 1910 (USA)
Directed by J. Searle Dawley, starring Charles Stanton Ogle, Augustus Phillips, and Mary Fuller.
Der Golem, Deutsche Bioscop, 1914 (Germany)
Directed by Henrik Galeen and Paul Wegener, starring Paul Wegener, Lyda Salmonova, Carl Ebert, Jacob Tiedtke, and Rudolf Bluemner.
Life Without Soul , Ocean Film Corporation, 1915 (USA)
Directed by Joseph W. Smiley, starring Percy Darrell Standing, William A. Cohill, Lucy Cotton, George DeCarlton, Jack Hopkins, and Pauline Curley.
The Golem, Pagu/UFA, 1920 (Germany)
Directed by Paul Wegener and Carl Boese, starring Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Ernst Deutsch, Lyda Salmonova, Hanns Sturm, and Greta Schröder.
Il Mostro di Frankenstein , Albertini Film/UCI, 1920 (Italy)
Directed by Eugenio Testa, starring Luciano Albertini and Umberto Guarracino.
Frankenstein , Universal, 1931 (USA)
Directed by James Whale, starring Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Boris Karloff, Dwight Frye, and Edward Van Sloan.
The Bride of Frankenstein , Universal, 1935 (USA)
Directed by James Whale, starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Elsa Lanchester, Una O'Connor, and Ernest Thesiger.
El Superloco, PCE, 1936 (Mexico)
Directed by Juan José Segura, starring Leopoldo Ortin, Carlos Villarias, Consuelo Frank, Ramón Armengod, Raul Urquijo, and "Indian" Fernandez.
Son of Frankenstein , Universal, 1939 (USA)
Directed by Rowland V. Lee, starring Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Josephine Hutchinson, and Donnie Dunagan.
Man Made Monster, Universal, 1941 (USA)
Directed by George Waggner, staring Lionel Atwill, Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Nagel, Frank Albertson, Samuel S. Hinds, and William Davidson.
The Ghost of Frankenstein , Universal, 1942 (USA)
Directed by Erle C. Kenton, starring Lon Chaney, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Ralph Bellamy, Lionel Atwill, Bela Lugosi, and Evelyn Ankers.
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man , Universal, 1943 (USA)
Directed by Roy William Neill, starring Lon Chaney, Ilona Massey, Patric Knowles, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, and Maria Ouspenskaya.
House of Frankenstein, Universal, 1944 (USA)
Directed by Erle C. Kenton, starring Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, John Carradine, J. Carrol Naish, Anne Gwynne, and Lionel Atwill. A sequel to Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).
Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein , Universal-International, 1948 (USA)
Directed by Charles Barton, starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange, and Lenore Aubert.
Bride of the Monster, Edward D. Wood Jr. Productions, 1954 (USA)
Directed by Edward D. Wood Jr., starring Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy, Loretta King, Harvey Dunn, and William Benedict.
Castle of the Monsters (El Castillo de los monstruos), Producciones Stotomayor, 1957 (Mexico)
Directed by Julián Soler, starring Antonio Espino, Evangélina Elizondo, Carlos Orellana, Guillermo Orea, and Germán Robles.
The Curse of Frankenstein, Hammer Films, 1957 (UK)
Directed by Terence Fisher, starring Peter Cushing, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart, Christopher Lee, Valerie Gaunt, and Noel Hood.
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, American International Pictures, 1957 (USA)
Directed by Herbert L. Strock, starring Whit Bissell, Phyllis Coates, Robert Burton, Gary Conway, George Lynn, and John Cliff.
Frankenstein 1970, Allied Artists, 1958 (USA)
Directed by Howard W. Koch, starring Boris Karloff, Tom Duggan, Jana Lund, Donald Barry, Charlotte Austin, and Irwin Berke.
Frankenstein's Daughter, Astor Pictures/Layton Film Productions, 1958 (USA)
Directed by Richard Cunha, starring John Ashley, Sandra Knight, Donald Murphy, Sally Todd, Harold Lloyd Jr., and Felix Locher.
The Revenge of Frankenstein, Hammer Films, 1958 (UK)
Directed by Terence Fisher, starring Peter Cushing, Eunice Gayson, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn, Lionel Jeffries, and John Welsh. A sequel to The Curse of Frankenstein (1958).
Orlak, El infierno de Frankenstein, Filmadora Independiente/Columbia, 1960 (Mexico)
Directed by Rafael Baledon, starring Joaquin Cordero, Armando Calvo, Rosa de Castilla, Irma Dorantes, Andres Soler, and Pedro de Aguillon.
Frankestein [sic], el Vampio y CIA, Cinematografica Calderon, 1961 (Mexico)
Directed by Benito Alazraki, starring Manuel Valdés, José Jasso, Joaquin Garcia Vargas, Martha Elena Cervantes, Nora Veryán, and Roberto G. Rivera.
The Evil of Frankenstein, Hammer Films, 1964 (UK)
Directed by Freddie Francis, starring Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe, Sandor Eles, Kiwi Kingston, Duncan Lamont, and Katy Wild.
Frankenstein Conquers the World (Furankenshutain Tai Baragon), Toho/Henry G. Saperstein Enterprises/American International Pictures, 1964 (Japan, USA)
Directed by Inoshiro Honda, starring Nick Adams, Tadao Takashima, Kumi Mizuno, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Takashi Shimura, and Haruo Nakajima.
Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster, Vernon Films/Seneca/Futurama Entertainment, 1965 (USA)
Directed by Robert Gaffney, starring Marilyn Hanold, Jim Karen, Lou Cutell, Nancy Marshall, David Kerman, and Robert Reilly.
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter, Embassy Pictures/Circle, 1965 (USA)
Directed by William Beaudine, starring Narda Onyx, John Lupton, Cal Bolder, Estelita, Jim Davis, and Nestor Paiva.
Frankenstein Created Woman, Hammer Films, 1966 (UK)
Directed by Terence Fisher, starring Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Thorley Walters, Robert Morris, Duncan Lamont, and Peter Blythe.
Fearless Frank, American International Pictures, 1967 (USA)
Directed by Philip Kaufman, starring John Voigt, Monique Van Vooren, Severn, Darden, Joan Darling, Lou Gilbert, and Nelson Algren.
Frankenstein's Bloody Terror (La Marca del hombre lobo), Maxper/Independent-International, 1967 (Spain)
Directed by Henry Egan, starring Paul Naschy, Diane Konopka, Julián Ugarte, Rossana Yanni, Michael Manz, and Joseph Morton.
Killing Frankestayna Karsi, Omur Film, 1967 (Turkey)
Directed by Nuri Akinci, starring Otkay Gursel, Oya Peri, Gultekin Ceylan, Ferhan Tanseli, Aynur Aydan, and Yasar Sener.
Dracula vs. Frankenstein (El Hombre que vino del ummo, Dracula jagt Frankenstein, Los Monstruos del terror, Assignment Terror), Jaime Prades/Eichberg Film/International Jaguar, 1969 (Spain, West Germany, Italy)
Directed by Tulio Demichelli, Hugo Fregonese, and Peter Riethof, starring Michael Rennie, Karin Dor, Craig Hill, Paul Naschy, Patty Shepard, and Angel del Pozo.
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Hammer Films, 1969 (UK)
Directed by Terence Fisher, starring Peter Cushing, Simon Ward, Veronica Carlson, Thorley Walters, Freddie Jones, and Maxine Audley.
Dr. Frankenstein on Campus, Astral Films/Agincourt, 1970 (Canada)
Directed by Gil Taylor, starring Robin Ward, Kathleen Sawyer, Austin Willis, Sean Sullivan, Ty Haller, and Tony Moffat-Lynch.
Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Independent-International Pictures, 1970 (USA)
Directed by Al Adamson, starring J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney, Zandor Vorkov, Anthony Eisley, Regina Carrol, and Greydon Clark.
The Horror of Frankenstein, Hammer Films, 1970 (UK)
Directed by Jimmy Sangster, starring Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara, Veronica Carlson, Dennis Price, Graham Jones, and Bernrad Archard.
Santo y Blue Demon contra el Dr. Frankenstein, Cinematografica Calderon, 1970 (Mexico)
Directed by Miguel M. Delgado, starring Santo, Blue Demon, Sasha Montenegro, Jorge Russek, and Ivonne Govea.
Lady Frankenstein (La Figlia di Frankenstein), Condor International/New World Pictures, 1971 (Italy)
Directed by Mel Welles, starring Joseph Cotten, Sara Bay, Mickey Hargitay, Paul Müller, Paul Whiteman, and Herbert Fux.
Santo contra la hija de Frankenstein (La Hija de Frankenstein), Cinematografica Calderon/Azteca Films, 1971 (Mexico)
Directed by Miguel M. Delgado, starring Santo, Gina Romand, Znel, Roberto Canedo, Carlos Agosti, and Sonia Fuentes.
Blackenstein, Exclusive International, 1972 (USA)
Directed by William A. Levey, starring John Hart, Ivory Stone, Liz Renay, Roosevelt Jackson, Andrea King, and Nick Bolin.
Dracula Prisoner of Frankenstein, Fenix Films et al., 1972 (Spain, France, Lichtenstein, and Portugal)
Directed by Jess Franco, starring Denis Price, Howard Vernon, Mary Francis, Albert Dalbes, Genevieve Deloir, and Josiane Gilbet.
The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein, Comtoir Français du Film Production/Fenix-Film, 1972 (France, Spain, and Portugal)
Directed by Jess Franco, starring Denis Price, Howard Vernon, Anne Libert, Britt Nichols, Albert Dalbes, and Luis Barboo.
Frankenstein '80 (Mosaico), MGD Film Productions/MPI, 1972 (Italy and West Germany)
Directed by Mario Mancini, starring John Richardson, Gordon Mitchell, Renato Romano, Xiro Pappas, Dalila Parker, and Bob Fiz.
Flesh for Frankenstein (Il Mostro e in Tavola . . . Barone Frankenstein, Carne per Frankenstein, Chair pour Frankenstein), Pagnia Cinematografica Champion/EMI, 1973 (Italy and France)
Directed by Paul Morrissey, starring Joe Dallesandro, Monique Van Vooren, Udo Kier, Arno Juerging, Dalila di Lazzaro, and Srdjan Zelenovic.
Frankenstein, Dan Curtis Productions, 1973 (USA)
Directed by Glenn Jordan, starring Robert Foxworth, Susan Strasberg, Heidi Vaughn, Bo Svenson, John Karlen, and Philip Bourneuf.
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, Hammer, 1973 (UK)
Directed by Terence Fisher, starring Peter Cushing, Shane Briant, Madeline Smith, John Stratton, Bernard Lee, and Clifford Mollison.
Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (Il Castello della paura), Classic Film International/Cinerama, 1973 (Italy)
Directed by Robert H. Oliver, starring Rossano Brazzi, Michael Dunn, Edmund Purdom, Christiane Royce, Gordon Mitchell, and Alan Collins.
Frankenstein: The True Story, Universal, 1973 (UK)
Directed by Jack Smight, starring James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum, Jane Seymour, Nicola Pagett, and Michael Sarrazin.
Young Frankenstein , Twentieth-Century Fox, 1974 (USA)
Directed by Mel Brooks, starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars, and Gene Hackman.
Frankenstein—Italian Style (Frankenstein all' Italiana), Euro International/RPA, 1975 (Italy)
Directed by Armando Crispino, starring Aldo Maccione, Jenny Tann, Ninetto Davoli, Ginrico Tedeschi, Anna Mazzemauro, and Lorenzo Guerriero.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show , Twentieth-Century Fox, 1975 (UK)
Directed by Jim Sharman, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Meatloaf, and Charles Gray.
Victor Frankenstein (Terror of Frankenstein), Aspekt Film, 1976 (Sweden and Ireland)
Directed by Calvin Floyd, starring Leon Vitali, Per Oscarsson, Nicholas Clay, Stacey Dorning, Jan Ohlsson, and Olof Bergström.
Doctor Franken, NBC, 1980 (USA)
Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky and Jeff Lieberman, starring Robert Vaughn, Robert Perault, David Selby, Teri Garr, Josef Sommer, and Cynthia Harris.
Frankenstein Island, Chriswar, 1981 (USA and Mexico)
Directed by Jerry Warren, starring Robert Clarke, Steve Brodie, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Christopher, Tain Bodkin, and Patrick O'Neil.
Mystery! Frankenstein—Legend of Terror (Kaiki Furankenshutain), Toei/Terebi (TV) Asahi, 1981 (Japan)
Directed by Yugo Serizawa. Animated, with voices by Nahci Nozawa, Mami Koyama, Hosei Komatsu, Kei Tomiyama, Ichiroh Nagai, and Minori Matsushima.
Frankenstein's Great-Aunt Tillie, Tillie Productions, 1983 (Mexico)
Directed by Myron J. Gold, starring Donald Pleasence, Yvonne Furneaux, June Wilkinson, Aldo Ray, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Rod Colbin, and Chandler Garrison.
Frankenstein, Yorkshire Television, 1984 (UK)
Directed by Victor Gialanella, starring Robert Powell, Carrie Fisher, David Warner, John Gielgud, Terence Alexander, and Susan Wooldridge.
Frankenstein 90, A.J. Films/TF 1 Films/AMLF, 1984 (France)
Directed by Alain Jessua, starring Jean Rochefort, Eddy Mitchel, Fiona Gelin, Herma Vos, Ged Marlon, and Serge Marquand.
Frankenweenie, Walt Disney Productions, 1984 (USA)
Directed by Tim Burton, starring Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Barret Oliver, Joseph Maher, Roz Braverman, and Paul Bartel.
The Bride, Columbia, 1985 (France and UK)
Directed by Franc Roddam, starring Sting, Jennifer Beals, Geraldine Page, Clancy Brown, Anthony Higgins, and David Rappaport.
Gothic, Virgin Vision, 1986 (UK)
Directed by Ken Russell, starring Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson, Myriam Cyr, Timothy Spall, and Alec Mango.
Dr. Hackenstein, Marketing Media/Vista Street, 1987 (USA)
Directed by Richard Clark, starring David Muir, Stacey Travis, Catherine Davis Cox, Dyanne DiRosario, John Alexis, and William Schreiner.
Frankenstein General Hospital, New Star Entertainment, 1988 (USA)
Directed by Deborah Roberts, starring Mark Blankfield, Leslie Jordan, Jonathan Farwell, Kathy Shower, Hamilton Mitchell, and Irwin Keyes.
Frankenhooker, Shapiro Glickenhuas Entertainment, 1990 (USA)
Directed by Frank Henenlotter, starring James Lorinz, Patty Mullen, Shirley Stoler, Louisa Lasser, Charlotte Helmkamp, and Lia Chang.
Frankenstein's Baby, BBC-TV, 1990 (UK)
Directed by Robert Bierman, starring Nigel Planer, Kate Buffery, Yvonne Bryceland, William Armstrong, Sian Thomas, and Gillian Raine.
Frankenstein Unbound, Warner Bros., 1990 (USA and Italy)
Directed by Roger Corman, starring John Hurt, Raul Julia, Bridget Fonda, Catherine Rabett, Jason Patric, and Michael Hutchence.
Frankenstein: The College Years, FNM Films, 1991 (USA)
Directed by Tom Shadyac, starring William Ragsdale, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Larry Miller, Andrea Elson, Voreaux White, and Patrick Richwood.
Last Frankenstein, Bandai/BF Film/Rittor Music/Shochhiku, 1991 (Japan)
Directed by Takeshi Kawamura, starring Akira Emoto, Yoshio Harada, and Naomasa Musaka.
Frankenstein, Turner Pictures, 1992 (UK, USA, and Poland)
Directed by David Wickes, starring Patrick Bergin, John Mills, Randy Quaid, Lambert Wilson, Fiona Gilles, and Jacinta Mulcahy.
Frank Enstein, International Family Classics, 1992 (USA)
Directed by Douglas Richards. Animated, with voices by Laura Gabriel, David Nettheim, Lee Perry, and Alan Glover.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein , America Zoetrope/TriStar Pictures, 1994 (UK and USA)
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham-Carter, Aidan Quinn, Tom Hulce, and John Cleese.
Gods and Monsters, BBC/Lionsgate Films, 1998 (USA)
A film about James Whale, director of the classic Frankenstein film (1931) and sequels, using many themes from Mary Shelley's novel. Written and directed by Bill Condon, starring Ian McKellan, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Jack Betts, and Rosalind Ayres.
Frankenstein, Hallmark Entertainment, 2004 (USA)
A film for television directed by Kevin Connor, starring Donald Sutherland, William Hurt, Julie Delpy, Nicole Lewis, Alec Newman, and Luke Goss.
Frankenstein, Flame TV/USA Cable Network, 2004 (USA)
A film for television, set in the early 21st century, directed by Marcus Nispel and starring Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, Vincent Perez, Thomas Kretschmann, Ivana Milicevic, and Michael Madsen.
Frankenstein Reborn, The Asylum, 2005 (USA)
Another loose updating of the film to the present. Written and directed (and starring) Leigh Scott, co-starring Rhett Giles, Thomas Downey, Jeff Denton, Joel Hebner, and Eliza Swenson.

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May 2009