First look–McAvoy and Radcliffe become the Doctor and Igor in new Frankenstein pic

Castle Frankenstein 2015

As to sheer volume of remakes, via books, film, or other media, Sherlock Holmes and Frankenstein have gone head to head for decades.  Why not another remake of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the original seed of the science fiction genre and the original cyborg?  Our only question is: Why wait for Thanksgiving when it is such an obvious draw for the box office at Halloween?

The latest incarnation, the big screen’s Victor Frankenstein, stars X-Men’s James McAvoy as the Doctor opposite Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe as assistant Igor.  It’s directed by frequent BBC Sherlock director Paul McGuigan.  From the first trailer released this week, this new film has all the requirements of the Gothic horror tale–a slightly mad doctor, his quirky minion, some steampunk techno-machinery, a creepy castle, storms and lightning, and, of course, the Doctor’s latest creation.

It must be better than last year’s I, Frankenstein, right?


No doubt the most fun likely will be the banter between the popular British leads.  check out this first trailer for Victor Frankenstein:

Victor Frankenstein also stars Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay, Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott, and Alistair Petrie, and Ashes to Ashes and Treasure Island’s Daniel Mays.

Look for it in theaters in the UK in December and in the U.S. on November 25, 2015.

C.J. Bunce


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