(also known by its promotional title, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
) is a 1994 American science fiction horror
film directed by Kenneth Branagh
. The film starred Branagh, Robert De Niro
, Tom Hulce
, Helena Bonham Carter
. It was produced on a budget of $45 million. It is an adaptation of Mary Shelley
's novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
The film opens with a few words by Mary Shelley
- I busied myself to think of a story, which would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature and awaken thrilling horror. One to make the reader dread to look around, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart.
The film begins in the year 1794. Captain Robert Walton leads a daring expedition to reach the North Pole
. While their ship is trapped in the ice of the Arctic Sea
, Walton and his men discover a man traveling across the Arctic on his own. In the distance, a loud moaning can be heard. When the man sees how obsessed Walton is with reaching the North Pole he asks, "Do you share my madness?" The man then reveals that his name is Victor Frankenstein and begins his tale.
The film flashes back to Victor's childhood in Geneva
as the son of the wealthy Baron and Caroline Frankenstein. At one point in his childhood Victor's parents adopted Elizabeth, who would become the love of Victor's life.
Years later Victor's mother dies giving birth to his brother William. Sometime before going off to the university at Ingolstadt
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