This book contains 100 reviews. These are some of the scariest horror movies in history. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is determined by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!
You'll be more dead than alive...
A narrator introduces us to this lengthy story by presenting it as an intellectual adaptation of the popular Mary Shelly novel. He reminds us that the author was only nineteen years old when she wrote the book. During his speech, we see a montage of what we presume are the best parts of the film and we're not far off. This is the ultimate slow burn and it just got spoiled!
The filmmakers have some big shoes to fill. First, this is a TV movie. Second, it is three hours long. Third, it claims to appeal to our intellect more than the average Frankenstein adaptation. The inevitable happens; this ends up being a stretched out version of your typical Frankenstein movie. The filmmakers more or less meet their objectives. This flick is, I’m afraid, forgettable.
Since the pacing is slow, every phase of this film comes with preliminaries. Frankenstein: The True Story is presented in two parts. Both are dialogue heavy, big on costumes and old architecture, and both are melodramatic. The actors pull it off extremely well. The photography is surprisingly good for a TV movie. The dialogue is smart. The script is competent. The directing is irreproachable.