The updated take on Mary Shelley’s classic comes from the director of Candyman and Paperhouse, and is “set in present day Los Angeles and told entirely from the perspective of the Monster. After he is artificially created, then left for dead by a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists, Adam is confronted with nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him. This perfect creation-turned disfigured monster must come to grips with the horrific nature of humanity.”
“Frankenstein is as relevant today as when it first appeared nearly two hundred years ago. Its central premise, that the goal of science is to create consciousness speaks to us because it is a fundamental truth and only in our era is the possibility now nearing fact,” said Rose in his director’s statement.
“Science for all its advances has no more idea of what constitutes consciousness that it did in Mary Shelley’s day. The Monster has an internal life; he is a rich emotional being that dreams, loves, hates, essentially he is the Romantic man, and this convinces us that he is “alive”. We feel for him, for the injustice of his birth, for the violent behavior that he is taught and pays back tenfold, and for his suffering at the rejection of his fellow men.
This is what attracted me to this oft told tale – that one could be inside his head, feel his confusion and hurt; feel his growing curiosity as he discovers the true nature of his origin and wants the answers to the eternal questions; Who am I? From where did I come? What is my destination.”
Frankenstein will premiere this weekend at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. No UK release has been announced. Keep up with the latest horror news with the new issue of SciFiNow.