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Hello, Creepypasta Wiki community, and welcome to Shocktober. We did Dracula, which focused on Bela Lugosi, it is only natural that we now do a film featuring his eventual rival, Boris Karloff.


Released in 1931 under directed James Whale (The Invisible Man, The Old Dark House), Frankenstein was originally supposed to star Bela Lugosi as the monster. Promos for this version of the film were even shown publicly, but Bela Lugosi ended up leaving the movie.

Boris Karloff ended up taking his spot, and became famous as a result. A bitter rivalry that is both dramatic and traumatic, the two would always be paired as enemies, both in media, and in the public eye.

The plot focuses on Doctor Victor Frankenstein and his assistant Fritz, whom uses parts of decomposing bodies to form a new lifeform, Frenkenstein's monster. The brain of a criminal was used, which resulted in a monster. Attempting to hide the monster from reality as they think it will not fit society, it wrecks havoc, as a tragic response to their treatment.

I'd like to announce- Frankenstein is not the name of the monster. That is the name of the doctor. The monster is simply called Frankenstein's monster.

The film is highly successful in what it tries to do, and you, the viewer, are left wondering- was the monster actually evil, or were those whom hid him away? Did they force his hand? How strong was his soft side?

On a budget of $262,007, Frankenstein made $12,000,000 in box office sales. An absolutely major accomplishment for it's time, with a plot arguable far ahead of it's time, no one can doubt the success of this film.

Leaving a mark on both horror and cinema as a whole, Halloween just isn't the same without a little bit of dark science.

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