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Check out the first trailer (below) for 2014's "I, Frankenstein."
He's no Dracula, my personal favorite horror movie monster, but fans of the macabre have cause to celebrate.
Frankenstein is coming back to the big screen in 2014 courtesy of director Stuart Beattie's "I, Frankenstein." The new film is based on the Dark Horse graphic novel of the same name, but the character of Frankenstein is the brainchild of novelist Mary Shelley.
Shelley concocted the idea for the mad scientist and his misunderstood creature, and in 1818 the first edition of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was published in London.
This version of Shelley's creation features actor Aaron Eckhart as the Frankenstein monster and Aden Young as Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Virginie Le Brun, Jai Courtney and Miranda Otto also star.
Now named Adam, the monster has survived the centuries and exists in an alternate reality of the present day. Adam finds himself caught in a war between immortal clans and at odds with a villainous angel (Nighy) whose origin is shared with Satan. The film will feature other movie monsters including but not limited to Dracula, the Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Invisible Man.
Frankenstein has been featured numerous times on stage, television and the big screen. The Frankenstein monster's first Silver Screen appearance came with the 1910 silent film "Frankenstein" starring Charles Ogle as the creature.
The most famous release is naturally Universal Pictures 1931 version starring Boris Karloff. The film was a success and spawned five direct Universal sequels: "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), "Son of Frankenstein" (1939), "Ghost of Frankenstein" (1942), "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman" (1943) and "House of Frankenstein" (1944).
The monster also appeared in "House of Dracula" in 1945 then in "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" in 1948 before passing the baton onto Hammer Films in 1957.
Hammer produced seven movies with Frankenstein as the main attraction including "The Curse of Frankenstein" (1957), "The Revenge of Frankenstein" (1958), "The Evil of Frankenstein" (1964), "Frankenstein Created Woman" (1967), "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed" (1969), "The Horror of Frankenstein" (1970) and "Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell" (1973).
Following that time the monster saw some of his best work in the comedic spoof "Young Frankenstein" (1974) starring Gene Wilder and later the monster's worst moment on film in the exceedingly boring and utterly forgettable "Frankenstein" (1994) starring Robert De Niro.
"I, Frankenstein" is slated to hit theaters on January 24, 2014.