James Rolfe: It's Cinemassacre's "Monster Madness". 'Monsters' is our keyword here, so let's start off with one of the most famous, if not the most famous monster; the one created by Dr. Frankenstein.
Dr. Frankenstein: It's alive!
James: The image most people are familiar with is Boris Karloff from 1931. But we're not fucking around, we're going all the way back to 1910! This is the version produced by Thomas Edison studios and it's the first film-adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel.
It's a short-film so it tells the story in a concise and interesting way. Here Frankenstein doesn't need to stitch bodies together. Instead he throws a bunch of chemicals into an oven or something – instant monster! That's a lot easier, isn't it? The special effects are interesting and the monster itself looks like nothing you'd expect.
There's also this creative mirror-shot showing the monster's reflection. And I can't help but feel there's some deeper meaning that Frankenstein is seeing the monster as a reflection of himself. I think it's pretty sophisticated and a well-made film for its time.
For many years it was said to be a lost film, so the fact that we're even looking at it is like seeing the Holy Grail. Think about it. What you're looking at is a film that's a hundred years old with only one known surviving print. It's the first screen-incarnation of the world's most famous movie monster. It shows new filmmaking techniques and it got banned because it was too shocking for the time.
So I think it's fair to say this may be the most significant horror film and one of the most important science fiction films too. It's great that they found this thing. Now if only we can find a copy of "London After Midnight" the balance of horror history can be restored.