Educational Institutions in Horror Film: A History of Mad by Andrew L. Grunzke (auth.)

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In total, the constellation of all these forces made the film the progenitor of 40 Educational Institutions in Horror Film the “gory” horror film that would experience a meteoric rise from the late 1960s through the 1980s. In addition to the major changes in the horror genre the film presaged, it also represented a serious departure for the image of Dr. Frankenstein. The Curse of Frankenstein is the genesis of a new Frankenstein. In The Curse of Frankenstein, Frankenstein is “more ruthlessly obsessed”47 than any of his filmic predecessors.

The events leading to his imprisonment, comprising most of the rest of the film, are told in flashback. In this film, Frankenstein had been a baron from the age of five, which is also when he inherited the family fortune. As a child, he hired a tutor to teach him chemistry and physics. His obsession with the secrets of life and death began then (when he brought his dead puppy back to life). ” Frankenstein’s tutor could not have been more correct. By the end of the film, Frankenstein has committed multiple murders.

Frankenstein’s devotion to science was a liability that prevented him from seeing the negative consequences that would inevitably result from his work, Dr. Van Helsing actively seeks to use his knowledge to combat evil influences that he did not work to create. In juxtaposition with one another, these two figures (ironically both coming from the British literary tradition) embody the duality of the American attitude toward the intellectual: distrust and dependency. Van Helsing is a far more complex archetype than Frankenstein.

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