Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein

Paul McGuigan (2015)

12 Certificate


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This spin on Mary Shelley's enduring gothic shocker is told from the perspective of Igor (Daniel Radcliffe), a circus clown who becomes the assistant of the brilliant physician Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) on a ground-breaking experiment. Radcliffe's efforts to provide the moral centre of the story are crowded out by McAvoy, who leaves all subtlety at the door with his maniacal (albeit occasionally amusing) performance. Andrew Scott does his best as the puritanical detective on Frankenstein's case, but his character is as underdeveloped as that of love interest Jessica Brown Findlay. Sadly, what starts out as a bold re-imagining of a classic all too quickly turns into a lumbering dud.


A sideshow performer is taken in by a scientist, who seeks his help in performing experiments to create life, and hopefully uncover the secrets of immortality. The plan goes dangerously out of control, and it falls to the devoted assistant to save his master from his dark obsessions and his monstrous creation. Gothic horror, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.

Cast & Crew

Victor Frankenstein James McAvoy
Igor Daniel Radcliffe
Insp Turpin Andrew Scott
Frankenstein Charles Dance
Lorelei Jessica Brown Findlay
Barnaby Daniel Mays
Finnegan Freddie Fox
Dettweiler Mark Gatiss
Director Paul McGuigan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 Dec 2015