Still ‘alive!’ in Friday Night Flix

Jan 12, 2019
Kenneth Strickfaden created electrical special effects for 1931’s “Frankenstein” so wonderful they got an encore in 1974’s “Young Frankenstein.”

Belfast — Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix film series continues its January Fantasy theme with free weekly screenings at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

The series continues Jan. 18 with a true classic — “Frankenstein” (1931, USA), the original James Whale-directed Universal Studios film that still influences horror imagery today. Honoring the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelly’s groundbreaking novel, this is the first, perhaps best, screen adaptation of the well-known story. The brilliant Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) robs graves for body parts and successfully creates an artificial human, only to reject the creature (Boris Karloff) after giving it life. But is there a deeper meaning to this tale? The fear, prejudice and hostility that the townspeople exhibit toward the creature, based solely on its appearance, begs the question: Who’s the real monster here?

The fantasy series will conclude Jan. 25 with “Defending Your Life” (1991, USA).

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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