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Marcus K. Harmes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733858

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.001.0001

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The Curse of Frankenstein

Marcus K. Harmes

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the 1957 film The Curse of Frankenstein as a visible and important cinematic commodity, despite predictions from film critics that it would debase civilisation. The chapter discusses the film's impact in the history of cinema for exemplifying the theory that even bad publicity is good publicity, and for launching the international careers of particular members of the cast. It tackles how The Curse of Frankenstein became the foundation of twenty years' worth of gothic horror and of the commercial and cinematic exploitation of public tastes for gore and violence. The chapter details Marcus K. Harmes' overall goal to assess The Curse of Frankenstein as an adaptation that is a powerful hybrid of literature and film, and to examine the creation and impact of The Curse of Frankenstein and how the film was not just a matter of bringing a well-known novel onto screen, but in fact brought a range of different and even conflicting texts and storytelling traditions into dialogue with each other.

Keywords:   film history, bad publicity, gothic horror, gore, violence, Marcus K. Harmes, adaptation, The Curse of Frankenstein

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