Frankenstein script
Frankenstein (1931)
Synopsis: This iconic horror film follows the obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) as he attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz (Dwight Frye), Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster (Boris Karloff), but, confused and traumatized, it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being, and eventually must confront his tormented creation.


Crashing through the swells. Rising and falling. Tilting the

world and the audience on its ear. iceberg looming. For a

brief moment we seem to be veering past. But then we swing

back in a final, churning, vertiginous plunge...

... and smack the ice.


God just hit the ship with an anvil. Mast #1 snaps at the

base with a thunderous CRACK and begins to topple in a

symphony of shattering wood and tangled rigging ...

The lookout on mast #2 is vaulted through the railing of the

crow's nest, screaming through the air, arms and legs

windmilling as he plummets head-first toward the deck below

... And is jerked to an abrupt stop by the safety line around

his chest, We hear another horrible CRACK ... the sound of

his back breaking ...

Men are sliding, tumbling, screaming. Mast #1 completes its

fall, slamming massively to the deck,. shattering a section

of the gunwale to splinters. Utter panic. Total chaos. .

Sheer mortal terror. And as the sequence builds to a final

brain-splitting crescendo of sound and fury, we



Total, stunning silence.

A glittering wasteland of ice. Breathlessly cold. Even the

sun seems frozen, barely hanging on the horizon. Pellets of

snow scour the permafrost like broken glass, driven by a

desolate arctic wind. It's as if Hell had erupted through

the floor of the Earth in the form of ice. Nothing could

survive here. Nothing.

SLOW PAN reveals a distant ship frozen in the ice, tilted at

a permanent list. Silent. We see no signs of life.

"The Arctic, 1839.

VARIOUS LINGERING ANGLES provide ominous detail-shots of the




A flap of frozen canvas creaks in the wind ...

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Peggy Webling

Peggy Webling was a British playwright, novelist and poet. Her 1927 play version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is notable for naming the creature "Frankenstein" after its creator, and for being the ... more…

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