How ‘Frankenstein Conquers the World’ Confronts the Monstrous Legacy of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Frankenstein Conquers the World marks a departure from Honda's usual kaiju-fare of the mid '60s; however, it also marks a welcomed return to his horror aesthetic. Frankenstein features many graphic images that are intentionally brief and bloody, thereby leaving a lasting impression. The same is true for Honda's use of close-ups, especially on the titular … Continue reading How ‘Frankenstein Conquers the World’ Confronts the Monstrous Legacy of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Not only does Bride of Frankenstein continue the story where Frankenstein (1931) left off, but builds upon it. This automatically makes it a good sequel - what makes it a great film is a complicated layering of metaphor, allegory, and thematic undertones. Director: James WhaleWritten by: William Hurlbut, Runtime: 75 minutesUS Release:  April 20, 1935; Universal Pictures The film … Continue reading The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)

Playing into the tradition of other classic "versus" movies, AVP presents an uneven - yet rollicking - entry for fans of each franchise. Director: Paul W.S. AndersonScreenplay: Paul W.S. AndersonRuntime: 101 minutesUS Release:  August 13, 2004; 20th Century Fox Set in 2004, a team of researchers (and mercenaries?) explore a recently discovered pyramid hidden under the ice of Antarctica. … Continue reading AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)