Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Kenneth Branagh (1994)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Kenneth Branagh's version of the much-filmed story is as pompous as it is perverse in the way it wastes not only his own talents (as Victor Frankenstein), but also those of Helena Bonham Carter (as his betrothed) and Robert De Niro (as the monster). The creation of the creature is undoubtedly spectacular, but the rest of the movie is not a fraction as frightening or funny as the 1931 classic with Boris Karloff. In attempting to keep faith with the original novel, Branagh concentrates too much on design and content, and loses the heart and soul of the story in the process.


An idealistic but obsessive scientist builds a living creature from the body parts of corpses, then abandons his creation to its fate. However, the monster survives, and tracks his creator down to make a sinister request - with terrifying repercussions if his demands are not met. Gothic horror, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. With Robert De Niro and Helena Bonham Carter.

Cast & Crew

Creature / Sharp-featured man Robert De Niro
Victor Frankenstein Kenneth Branagh
Henry Tom Hulce
Elizabeth Helena Bonham Carter
Captain Walton Aidan Quinn
Victor's father Ian Holm
Grandfather Richard Briers
Prof Waldman John Cleese
Prof Krempe Robert Hardy
Victor's mother Cherie Lunghi
Mrs Moritz Celia Imrie
Schiller Hugh Bonneville
Executioner Jim Carter
Director Kenneth Branagh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, brief nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray