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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein | 1994 | R | - 5.7.2

Updating of the classic horor tale with Robert De Niro as the creature, and Kenneth Branagh as the doctor.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - The creature emerges nude from an artificial birthing chamber: There is brief frontal nudity, in deep shadows, and a man is shown shirtless. There are a couple of passionate kisses and a wedding night scene in which the couple loosen each others' clothing and make love. Dr. Frankenstein marries a girl who was adopted by his family and raised as his sister.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A dissected human body is shown, and several scenes of doctors cutting into bodies, just barely off-screen. The list of body parts includes a severed monkey arm which is re-animated and a human brain. There are close-ups of hypodermic needles entering a body, and body parts being stitched together with a needle. The creature steals a corpse from a grave and rips the heart out of the chest of a living person. A young boy is murdered off-screen, and the act is described in sadistic detail. Two characters set themselves afire. A woman dies in childbirth. A man is stabbed to death and his bloody body is shown. There are two hangings. People are shown to be dying from cholera, and the creature evades a mob by riding atop a cart filled with dead bodies. The creature is beaten with clubs. A sailor is tossed overboard into frigid water, and another is crushed by a falling mast.


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LANGUAGE 2 - A few mild profanities and insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Technology vs. moral responsibility.

MESSAGE - Passion untempered by moral responsibility leads to destruction.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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