The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based horror movie host will be showcasing “Frankenstein” (1931), this Sat., Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV. The mammoth 1931 silver screen adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel was directed by James Whale.
This will mark Sven’s fourth nationwide broadcast of the 1931 Universal monster classic. He had previously showcased ‘Frankenstein” back in Nov. 2013, Nov. 2014 and Oct. 2015 on Me-TV.
Shortly before he made his appearance as Frankenstein’s monster in Whale’s film, Karloff played the role of tabloid reporter T. Vernon Isopod in the film “Five Star Final” (1931, alongside Edward G. Robinson) at rival studio Warner Bros. Pictures (under the “First National-Vitaphone” banner).
The legendary Chicago-based horror host will be presenting the landmark sequel to “Frankenstein” (1931), “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935). The fun starts this Sat., June 3 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
This isn’t the first time that Sven has shown “Bride of Frankenstein” on Me-TV. He had previously shown the Universal horror gem back in June 2011, Sept. 2012, April 2014, June 2015 and Sept. 2016 (Me-TV came to the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area in early 2013 as part of the classic/cult TV network’s coast-to-coast expansion).
Now that classic/cult film aficionados and fans of Turner Classic Movies celebrated slapstick throughout September, film lovers will be in for a treat this October.
“Frankenstein:” Turner Classic Movies’ “Monster of the Month”
1931 Universal Pictures trade ad for “Frankenstein.”
To kick off this month (and to celebrate the Halloween season), Turner Classic Movies will be showing a classic Frankenstein film each Sunday at 8 p.m. throughout the month.
Ranging from the Universal Studios Frankenstein films (including the original 1931 version with Boris Karloff), to Hammer Studios’ Frankenstein adaptations of the 1950s and 1960s, to Mel Brooks’ landmark 1974 comedic horror farce “Young Frankenstein,” there’s something for all fans of vintage horror on TCM this month.
Rundown of vintage and cult “Frankenstein” films as part of TCM’s month-long salute:
Sun., Oct. 2:
8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central: “Frankenstein” (1931) Directed by James Whale, featuring Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Boris Karloff (The Monster), Mae Clarke (Elizabeth), John Boles (Victor), Edward Van Sloan (Dr. Waldman), Dwight Frye (Fritz, the Dwarf) and Frederick Kerr (Baron Frankenstein).
9:30 p.m. Eastern/8:30 p.m. Eastern: “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) Directed by James Whale, featuring Boris Karloff (The Monster), Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Valerie Hobson (Elizabeth Frankenstein), Elsa Lanchester (Mary Shelley/The Monster’s Mate), Ernest Thesiger (Dr. Pretorius) and Gavin Gordon (Lord Byron). An encore showing will occur on Sat., Nov. 12 at 9:15 a.m. Eastern/8:15 a.m. Central.
11 p.m. Eastern/10 p.m. Central: “Son of Frankenstein” (1939)Directed by Rowland V. Lee, featuring Basil Rathbone (Baron Wolf von Frankenstein), Boris Karloff (The Monster), Bela Lugosi (Ygor), Lionel Atwill (Inspector Krogh), Josephine Hutchinson (Elsa von Frankenstein), Donnie Dunagan (Peter von Frankenstein), Emma Dunn (Amelia) and Edgar Norton (Thomas Benson). This was Karloff’s final appearance as Frankenstein’s Monster.
“It’s Alive! It’s Alive!!” -Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive, after bringing his experimental creature to life).
A “last hurrah” to Halloween, as another iconic horror classic will be shown on TV.
This Saturday evening, legendary Chicago-based horror host “Svengoolie” (portrayed by Rich Koz) will showcase one of the other definitive films in the “Universal monsters” franchise on Me-TV.
1931 Universal Pictures trade ad for “Frankenstein.”
Svengoolie will showcase James Whale’s landmark 1931 film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s story, featuring Boris Karloff in the title role of the man-made monster.
“Frankenstein” would make Karloff an international personality, and would play the role of Frankenstein’s monster several more times on screen, including “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935, opposite Elsa Lanchester), and “Son of Frankenstein” (1939). Yet Karloff would be relegated to horror-based roles for the rest of his film career.
Why you should see “Frankenstein” (1931):
Shelley’s “Frankenstein” has been adapted for the screen in numerous incarnations over the years (including Mel Brooks’ 1974 farce, “Young Frankenstein“*). Whale’s film still holds up as one of the definitive horror film classics. 84 years after its general release, it still gives audiences chills to this day.
“Svengoolie” (portrayed by Rich Koz).
But wait… there’s more “Sven!”
Besides his popular Saturday night horror movie showcase, Svengoolie will be hosting select Halloween-themed episodes of classic superhero and sci-fi shows on Me-TV, during the network’s “Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night” lineup!
Sven will kick-off the festivities, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Eastern/5:00 p.m. Central. And if you just want to watch “Frankenstein,” tune in at 10:00 p.m. Eastern/9:00 p.m. Central.
To everyone out there (from Walkersville to Berwyn), have a safe (and happy) Halloween!
*In addition to “Frankenstein” (1931), “Young Frankenstein” (1974) is another “Silver Screen Reflections” top pick! Highly recommended!