“It’s Alive!” …. Frankenstein Day Coming Soon
Spooky season is right around the corner and if you’re a horror fan it’s never too early to celebrate.
Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus was written by Mary Shelley in 1818 and is a combination of gothic horror and science fiction as well as a parable and a tragic romance.
The story was written in the 19th century, a time that was on the brink of the modern age wrestling with scientific advancement, religion, and morality.
Frankenstein allows the reader and watcher to wonder who the monsters are and in the wise words of Jeff Goldblum’s character Dr. Ian Malcom in the cinematic masterpiece Jurassic Park “Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
Here are some fun Mary Shelley facts from National Today.com:
Mary Shelley’s father, William Goodwin was a prominent writer, and her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was a philosopher and feminist.
Frankenstein has been adapted many times, in many different mediums, some of which I’ll show here. However, this is an over 200-year-old novel, so I won’t be able to include everything.
Frankenstein (1931): Universal Picture’s first Frankenstein film stars Colin Clive and Boris Karloff.
Young Frankenstein (1974): The Mel Brooks film stars Cloris Leachman, Gene Wilder, Madeline Khan, and Peter Boyle.
Frankenstein (1994): Francis Ford Coppola was on a classic horror roll with this film starring Rober De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, and Helen Bonham Carter. Francis Ford Coppola also directed and produced Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992.
Frankenstein (2011): The National Theater production of Frankenstein starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.
Frankenweenie (2012): Tim Burton in all his Tim Burtonness in this film about a boy and his dog.
Frankenstein Day is celebrated on August 30th and you can celebrate in Cedar City by visiting a few places.
Gunjah The Bead Forest: Located at 41 North Main Street
Main Street Books: Located at 25 North Main Street