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Published on Oct 29, 2012
Frankenstein - A Modern Myth will be shown on Halloween Night Wednesday 31 October 2012 11.10pm on Channel 4 also available on 4OD
From Boris Karloff to Mel Brooks, Frankenstein has fired the imagination of generations of artists who have created their own interpretation of this Gothic masterpiece. Written by 19 year-old Mary Shelley nearly 200 years ago, this was the first and greatest myth of the modern scientific age.
Frankenstein: A Modern Myth looks at some of these depictions, including Danny Boyle's sell-out hit at the National Theatre, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. The film throws a startlingly contemporary light on Mary Shelley's story of alienation and scientific hubris, and its enduring appeal for admirers like cult film director John Waters.
Danny Boyle: "I think it endures because we want to know who made us, and how far back does that process go? Does it go right the way back to God? Or just to the point of sexual union? Or is there something you can interfere with? That's why we're obsessed with it."