It’s a good time to be a fan of monster movies. Universal is busy creating their own universe of famous terrors with Dracula Untold being the first of many origin stories, while the iconic creation of Doctor Victor Frankenstein will soon be seen in Mary Shelley’s Monster and some other project that Guillermo Del Toro has his fingers in. But out of all the upcoming Frakensteins, the one with an Igor-cenric view starring Daniel Radcliffe may just be the most intriguing.
Speaking to Collider, Radcliffe got into the meat of Victor Frankenstein, and what would make this story stand out
I think our Frankenstein is a really kind of rip-roaring, fun adventure movie version of Frankenstein. I would really struggle to class it as horror. I think there are horror elements to it and nods to previous versions of Frankenstein, but it’s much more a film about – the thing that I hope will make it stand out is the relationship between James’ character and I.
Victor and Igor are two people who come to need each other very much. The thing for me of the movie is actually about creation and, you know, Igor, my character, is taken out of this horrible abused life at the beginning of the movie and James sort of saves him and gives him this new life, sort of creating him in some sense, in creating this life that he has, and so because of that and because of the life he’s been saved from, Igor feels forever that he has this sort of debt of loyalty and the film then becomes about how much can that debt be pushed?
How much can that loyalty be pushed before – at what point do you have to step out from the shadows of the person that created you and go, ‘I am my own person?’ Or, do you forever defer to the person that is responsible for your life? So it’s sort of, it’s a film about relationships set against the backdrop of creating monsters.
Radcliffe also shed light on how Frankenstein’s monsterous creation fits in:
One of the biggest differences between us and other Frankensteins will be that, generally speaking, the main relationship is between Frankenstein and the monster and the monster is created in the middle of the movie, and in our version it’s created right at the end and the journey up to that is really about how we come to that eventual idea. I’ve heard other people call it kind of an origin story for Frankenstein, but it’s an origin story for a Frankenstein you have never met before, if that helps. The quote that I got in trouble with with the producers was saying, ‘If you like the book, you’ll hate the movie.’
But this isn’t just a movie about relationships and grave-robbing. This Frankenstein will have some kinetic flavour to it:
There is a lot of action in it as well.
Sounds like an intriguing spin then! And having the likes of Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as Doc Frankenstein won’t hurt the film either.
Last Updated: October 28, 2014