Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
Boris Karloff stars as the monster in "Frankenstein" (1931)
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Here is a countdown of some of the most influential, terrifying, disgusting and entertaining horror films over the last 100 years.
No. 29: "Frankenstein" (1931).
Directed by James Whale, the film adaptation of "Frankenstein" drastically veers from the story presented in Mary Shelley's 1818 novelization. But Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) does the unthinkable and creates life in the form of a hideous monster (Boris Karloff).
Co-starring: Mae Clarke, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye and Frederick Kerr.
Runtime: 70 minutes
Rated: Not rated.
- Following the success of Universal's "Dracula" (1931), which opened earlier that same year, the studio wanted their new star Bela Lugosi to play the part of the monster. But Lugosi turned down the role, because the creature didn't have any dialogue in the picture.
- 44-year-old Boris Karloff was a virtual unknown when director James Whale spotted him in Universal's commissary. And that chance encounter ended up changing the course of Karloff's life. Karloff went from unknown to "uncanny."
- In fact, even after the production, Karloff was such an unknown actor that he wasn't invited to the premiere of "Frankenstein" (1931). Karloff's name doesn't even appear in the opening credits.
- The monster's shoes, which is a mainstay of the iconic costume, weighed 13 pounds each. It took special effects artist Jack Pierce four hours to make up Karloff and Boris' costume weighed a total of 48 pounds.
- "Frankenstein" (1931) was banned in Kansas, because its content was that of "cruelty and tended to debase morals."
- Boris Karloff played the monster three times for Universal Pictures. After "Frankenstein" (1931), Karloff returned for both "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935) and "Son of Frankenstein" (1939).