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I, Frankenstein
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Title: I, Frankenstein
Directed by: Stuart Beattie
Written by: Kevin Grevioux; Stuart Beattie
Produced by: Matt Berenson; Kevin Grevioux; David Kern; Sidney Kimmel; Gary Lucchesi; Troy Lum; Andrew Mason; James McQuaide; Michael Paseornek; Tom Rosenberg; Richard S. Wright [1]
Music by: Reinhold Heil; Johnny Klimek
Cinematography: Ross Emery
Edited by: Marcus D'Arcy
Distributed by: Lakeshore Entertainment
Lions Gate Entertainment
Released: January 24th, 2014
Rating: PG-13
Running time: 92 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $65,000,000 [2]
Gross: $19,059,018 (US) [2][3]
$68,390,918 (Worldwide) [2]

I, Frankenstein is an American feature film blending elements of horror, action and science fiction. It is loosely based on the character of Frankenstein, as first envisioned by author Mary Shelley in her 1818 novel, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus. The film was written and directed by Stuart Beattie and co-written by Kevin Grevioux, who also plays a role in the film. The film was produced by Lakeshore Entertainment and Lions Gate Entertainment and released theatrically in the United States on January 24th, 2014. It was released in standard 2D viewing, 3D and IMAX 3D. The movie stars Aaron Eckhart as the eponymous protagonist, the Frankenstein Monster (given the name Adam in this film). The movie also stars Yvonne Strahovski as Terra, Miranda Otto as Leonore, Bill Nighy as Naberius, Jai Courtney as Gideon, Socratis Otto as Zuriel and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Cast[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The tagline for this film is, "In the battle between good and evil, an immortal holds the key". Another tagline seen on promotional posters is, "200 years later, he's still alive".
  • Production was originally scheduled for a ten-week shoot and was aiming at a February 22nd, 2013 release date. [5][6]
  • The scenes of the mountain peaks shown in the beginning of the film where Adam is carrying the body of Victor Frankenstein was filmed in Bariloche, Argentina. [7]

Cast & Crew credits[edit | edit source]

  • Actor Chris Pang is credited as Christopher Pang in this film.
  • Actor Goran D. Kleut is credited as Goran Kleut in this film.
  • Actor Warwick Sadler is credited as Warrick Sadler in this film.
  • Actor Paul Allica is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Actress Amanda Dyar is uncredited for her participation in this film.
  • Actor Michael M. Foster is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Actress Angela Kennedy is uncredited for her participation in this film.
  • Actor Minel Louis is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Actress Samantha Reed is uncredited for her participation in this film.
  • Actor Luke Wright is uncredited for his participation in this film.

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  • This is Stuart Beattie's second movie as a director. It is his first horror and science fiction film.
  • This is Kevin Grevioux's second film as a story/screenwriter. It is his second film in the horror genre.
  • This is Kevin Grevioux's first film as an executive producer. He was also an associate producer and a co-producer on the Underworld film series.
  • This is Kevin Grevioux's eighteenth film as an actor that was released theatrically. It is his twenty-fourth film as an actor in total.
  • This is Aaron Eckhart's thirtieth film as an actor that was released theatrically. It is his thirty-first film role in total. It is his fifth film in the speculative fiction genre. It is his second film in the horror genre.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When the Gargoyles first discover Adam, one of them exclaims, "It's alive! It's alive!" This line is taken from Colin Clive's infamous line from the original 1931 film, Frankenstein. It has also been paraphrased in the 1935 sequel, The Bride of Frankenstein, where it adjusted to, "She's alive". This line is also incorporated into the theme song as well as a scene from the 1985 comedy, Weird Science.
  • As a physical actor, Aaron Eckhart tends to get hurt a lot on his film. He broke his upper left arm while filming Battle: Los Angeles, but continued filming his scenes without a cast. In I, Frankenstein, he feared suffering a neck injury during a fight scene when he was struck upon the back of the neck with a Kali stick. [9]
  • Actor Bill Nighy, who plays the demonic leader Naberius in this film, is also known for playing the vampire elder Viktor in the 2003 film Underworld. That film was also produced by Lakeshore Entertainment and was co-written by Kevin Grevioux.

Reception[edit | edit source]

  • I, Frankenstein did not perform favorably at the U.S. box office and did not achieve approval from either viewers or critics. The movie review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 4% "Rotten" rating on their Tomatometer, which is based on 84 reviews, only three of which were positive. [10]
  • The movie website Metacritic was only slightly more kind, giving the film a Metascore of 30, based on reviews from twenty critics. [11]
  • James Beradinelli of Reel Views said that the film had a promising, if albeit ludicrous premise, but failed when it came to pacing and tone, and could not even muster the slickness of its cinematic predecessor, Underworld. [12]
  • Tom Russo of the Boston Globe said that I, Frankenstein "promptly crashes, thanks to a complete inability to resist awful, overdone dialogue and faux-lofty exposition". [13]
  • From the Philadelphia Inquirer, critic David Hiltbrand, was more gentle on this box-office flop than others, but still found the movie scrambling for direction. "The special effects are pretty good and the fight scenes are adequate. But the film loses steam in the fourth act when Frankincense gets all mushy over the scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) who is about to crack the reanimation puzzle." [14]
  • One of the few positive remarks on the film came from Ben Sachs of the Chicago Reader. Sachs praised the film's impressive 3-D imagery, the chaotic action and incidental pleasures. Sachs said that I, Frankenstein "piles on so many pulpy conceits that you might be carried along by the sheer excess". [15]

Recommendations[edit | edit source]

Frankenstein films[edit source]

Universal Classics

Hammer Horror


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Includes films relating to the Frankenstein franchise based on the 1818 novel by author Mary Shelley
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