Friday, October 8, 2010

Thomas Edison's Frankenstein

So I've got a busy night ahead of me, making sure that the punkin patch is sincere enough to attract the attention of the Great Punkin at the end of the month. It's just a test-run, of course; we'll reach the height of sincerity come Halloween night. Still, I'm a little too busy for an in-depth post for Countdown to Halloween Day 8. But I'm hittin' you up with a good one...

It was 100 years ago that Thomas Edison made the first monster movie: a very short silent-film adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. And it's available for viewing, in its entirety, via the magic of YouTube. The only available print is pretty badly damaged in places, but it's a piece of movie history you don't often see.

(Note: you may have to endure an annoying political ad before the movie begins. My apologies. But, hey. It's free.)

And if that's not enough streaming horror video for you tonight... In celebration of Edison's milestone film, the good folks at Fearwerx have launched 100 Years of Monster Movies. Every Friday night at 8 pm, they offer a monster movie double feature at You can watch full-screen, or join in a live chat with dozens of other horror dorks, all trying to play Mystery Science Theatre with the weekly offerings. It's a good time either way, and it starts in just a little over an hour...


  1. I came across this one on youtube less than a month ago. I believe someone even adapted this version into a comic book. Interestingly made and with no budget or production values--but what can we expect, this is film making in it's infancy.

  2. Oh, certainly. It's amazing that Edison even attempted to do it, and that's what makes it noteworthy moreso than the film itself. I mean, this is a serious piece of Dork History here!