Bernard Rose (2015)

18 Certificate


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Mary Shelley's 19th-century tale about man playing God gets a fascinating 21st-century refit from Candyman director Bernard Rose. Here, married scientists (Danny Huston and Carrie-Anne Moss) give life to the perfect specimen (Xavier Samuel) but then callously abandon him when his nascent development takes a turn for the ugly. However, instead of wandering the misty gothic landscapes of previous film adaptations, Monster (as Samuel's childlike creature calls himself) receives his life experience on the mean streets of modern-day LA. Nevertheless, the familiar beats of the Frankenstein mythos are present: the encounter with a little girl; brutal treatment from ignorant locals; friendship with a blind beggar (here it's a streetwise musician played by Candyman himself, Tony Todd). Rose weaves in imaginative twists, too, such as when Monster realises not only is he very durable and hard to kill, but he can sprint like the wind. Lashings of gore and gristle evoke old Hammer movies but, significantly, Samuel's nuanced performance as a lethally strong innocent yearning to find love and acceptance in an all-too cruel world, echoes Boris Karloff's iconic 1930s incarnation most of all.


Two married scientists artificially create a creature, only to abandon it. Their creation survives, and is left to fend for himself on the streets of Los Angeles. Faced with violence and persecution, and struggling to control his emotions, he is drawn to confront his makers. Modern-day adaptation of the classic horror tale, starring Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Danny Huston and Tony Todd.

Cast & Crew

Monster Xavier Samuel
Marie Carrie-Anne Moss
Eddie Tony Todd
Viktor Frankenstein Danny Huston
Wanda Maya Erskine
Director Bernard Rose
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD