TRAILER: Victor Frankenstein

This one is a comedy. Slash Film has the recap:

20th Century Fox has dropped the first trailer for Victor Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy as the mad doctor and Daniel Radcliffe as his faithful (and so far non-hunchbacked) protege Igor. If you’ve seen really any version of the Mary Shelley classic, you know how it goes: Frankenstein engages in some crazy science and creates a literal monster, with predictably disastrous results. What’s different this time is a playful buddy comedy dynamic between Frankenstein and Igor, a la Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies.

  • shellback

    I can’t wait to not see it.

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  • bkmn

    Love both the actors but why does Hollywood have to turn out 99% remade movies.

    • Duh-David

      The marketing only takes six words: “Have you seen Harry Potter’s Frankenstein?” and you have a bang-up opening weekend.

      We’re already getting a sequel to the last Star Wars movie: Han Solo & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

    • Christopher

      I still watch it.

      When it comes out on Netflix.

    • nocadrummer

      1) So few people have actual new ideas,
      2) The bean-counters will only approve something that was a hit before,
      3) They’re too busy throwing money at people who were barely funny in their 15 minutes of fame (I’m looking at you, Sony).

    • clay

      mythology. All nearly any of us do is retell old tales.

    • pablo

      It’s a business. Movies are expensive to make. The studios want the least risk to their investment. Name recognition and nostalgia will put some asses in the seats. That’s why we’re getting so many sequels, remakes, and reboots.

  • Will

    Small tribute to Mel Brooks with the good doctor correcting the pronunciation of his name. Otherwise I wasn’t captivated.

  • Doesn’t Daniel look pretty with his long hair?

    • SFBruce

      He does. Reminds me of Franz Liszt.

      • Phil2u

        I thought the same thing. I hope Radcliffe ages better.

        • JCF


  • Why do people think Frankenstein is a winning formula? We have has so many Frankenstein bombs over the years and a bare few successes. The last one was just last year.

  • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

    I have never been a big fan of any of the Frankenstein movies. But I did like the 2012 Alien prequel Prometheus a lot more than audiences did apparently. I thought it explored some of the same themes but it turned the Frankenstein myth on its head by suggesting that we, the human race, are the Frankenstein monster that was created by an earlier alien race.

  • Rod Steely

    I think this looks pretty excellent!

  • Octavio

    Hey! You damn &*%$!&ing cloud! You’re cluttering up an otherwise perfect blue sky! (shakes fist)

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      Love your new avatar. Is that Maria Felix or Audrey Meadows?

      • Octavio

        Stop. You’re making my husband, Steve, jealous. 🙂

        • Jeffrey

          My cousin was good friends with Steve Allen. She is a well known jazz singer and a multiple Grammy nominee, but back in the 80s she wasn’t and he discovered her singing in a club in Manhattan and put her on TV and gave her some really great opportunities. Good people.

          • Octavio

            Steve Allen was an amazing jazz pianist and intellectual. When I was a teenager I wanted to grow up and be him. I accomplished one out of two of those goals. 🙂

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  • Jeffrey

    Daniel Radcliffe has done so many great little independent movies after HP. Every so often he needs to get out there and make a big studio project. Im not really into it, but everything isn’t supposed to be for everybody. It’ll be a Frankenstein for a new generation of kids who grew up with Harry Potter. If it doesn’t look interesting to you, then you’re probably too old for what the studios are aiming for…as I certainly must be. Thats marketing.

  • Secure

    Where is Frau Blücher!?

    • Bj Lincoln

      ( horses whinny in the background)

  • Bj Lincoln

    “I will watch it when it’s free on my home entertainment system. We did not sink a ton into all the whistles and bells to spend $20 on a movie ticket for every film that might be good.” . ( Repeat as often as necessary to spouse. )

    • Webslinger

      James and Daniel are always good eye candy…

      • Bj Lincoln

        I can see that…but, we are lesbians and have a huge screen fancy ass TV….”I will watch it when it’s free on my home entertainment system. We did not sink a ton into all the whistles and bells to spend $20 on a movie ticket for every film that might be good.” . ( Repeat as often as necessary to spouse. )

        • Webslinger

          Agreed…my husband and I are NOT big movie goers…primarily because he can NEVER remember what movie he wants to see…so we opt for a night home watching PBS or something on Netflix…

          • Bj Lincoln

            My father-in-law insists on certain movie channels so he can watch black and white westerns and war films all effin day so we have it all plus Netflix and Hulu Plus. I almost never turn on the tv in my office but it’s a battle of the tv’s between him and her. I don’t watch much. When I’m am in the creative part of the process, I don’t hear whats going on. When It’s the boring parts, I often put on something I can listen to for the story. That leaves out a lot of films. I do love old sitcoms.

          • Webslinger

            I loved old westerns with my dad growing up…man I think I have seen at least 300 of them…we only have Hulu and Netflix…we cut the cable cord about 5 years ago and it was a GREAT decision…

            My husband loves old 80s sitcoms…as he puts it…”not too heavy and mostly funny”…

          • Bj Lincoln

            I wish we could cut the cable cord. It would save us a ton. I am watching/listening to “Raising Hope” on Netflix and “Cybill” on Hulu right now. I do like silly.

          • Webslinger

            I loved Cybill…

          • Bj Lincoln

            It has been fun. I love Mary Ann! I like the older female point of view. She is part of why and how older women got ‘hot’. At the time, most of the older women she had on the show were out of their prime. There was a surge in the ‘hotness’ level of older women thanks to her show. That and she is funny.

          • Webslinger

            Cable is just too expensive for what you my opinion but I know that it is HARD to cut the cord…

          • Bj Lincoln

            I would miss my “Big Bang Theory” a LOT.

          • Webslinger

            the only show I truly miss is Elementary…the new Sherlock Holmes with Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller…there is not much else

          • Bj Lincoln

            That is a good one too.

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  • lymis

    Not sure if it’s a bad trailer for a good movie or a good trailer for a bad movie.

    Either way, doesn’t shout “comedy” to me. But then, I couldn’t make it even 15 minutes into those Sherlock Holmes movies, either.

    I’m prepared to find out after the fact that it’s brilliant and put it on my DVD list, but I doubt I’ll be rushing off to the theaters.

  • clay

    I Sell the Dead meets Mel Brooks via Andy Warhol?

  • pablo

    So why are we boycotting this movie?

  • It looks wonderful to me. Can’t wait for it’s release.

  • Davidusca

    “It’s alive” traditionally hailing “it’s alive!!!”, sounded pretty da da dead. The special effects look enticing.

  • Jack M.

    No to this cis-washed, able-ist version of Frankenstein! The privileged cishets in Hollywood are trying to erase reanimated trans people from fictional history! Frankenstein has always been a symbolic representation of transmaculine queerness and a tale of how the proletariat’s manufactured addiction to heteronormativity ultimately leads to anti-queer violence. Any queer theory professor will tell you that! So it is *not* OK to cast pretty cishet males in the lead of a queer/trans narrative! And casting Daniel Radcliffe, a conventionally spined person in the role of Igor, is able-ist and offensive. Sign my petition and give me money on GoFundMe!

  • Jim B

    Purhops zish is vun tahmk dat zest zould nut trui to fallow unt zair grantfadder’s futshtapps.

    • Brian in Valdosta

      In his what?

      • Jim B

        Futshtapps, futshtapps!
        *stamps feet*

  • Doug Blanchard

    I still think the Mary Shelley novel is better than all the movies.

    • pablo

      I don’t know about that. Bride of Frankenstein is really good.

  • Brian in Valdosta

    Look, there are three reasons that I go to the cinema: (1) to be enthralled by wonderfully thought-provoking, stimulating cinematic vision, (2) to laugh my ass off at a truly comedic experience (think ‘Young Frankenstein’ and even ‘Something About Mary’), and (3) to bask in the glorious rollicking ride of a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

    This film, I think, falls into the latter category. And I plan to enjoy the hell out of it. If James and Daniel take their shirts off, then it’s a true WIN in my book.

  • tomfromthenews

    This looks to “modern” and snarky/cute…not my cup of tea for this story.

  • James

    It’ll probably be very entertaining, but I admit to being distracted by the fact that Daniel Radcliffe just sounds so much like Daniel Radcliffe.

  • I will gladly insert myself between James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. In fact, that’s a new dream of mine.

  • JCF

    Love Triangle w/ the Creature?