Summer Film Series focuses on Frankenstein

WUSTL Summer School Film Series presents ‘It’s Alive! A Celebration of Frankenstein Films’

WUSTL’s Summer School in Arts & Sciences will present a film series celebrating Frankenstein movies, “It’s Alive! A Celebration of Frankenstein Films,” this June and July.

Each film will be introduced by a WUSTL scholar specializing in the genres of cinematic horror and literary monsters. All screenings are free and open to the public.

Viewings are Tuesdays and start at 7 p.m. in Room 110, January Hall, on the Danforth Campus. The film series is sponsored by University College and the Summer School of Washington University.

June 21Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 75 minutes.
The first sequel to Frankenstein (1931), this American horror film, starring Boris Karloff, reveals that Dr. Frankenstein and his monster did not perish after all. They are back, and the monster wants a mate. Directed by James Whale.

June 28Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) 83 minutes.
Starring the comedy duo Abbott and Costello, the funny men meet classic Hollywood horrors Count Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and the Wolf Man. Silly hijinks ensue. Directed by Charles Barton.

July 12Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein aka Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) 95 minutes.
Campy, violent and also seductively beautiful, this horror film produced by Andy Warhol offers both pop-art symbolism and socio-political satire. Directed by Paul Morrissey.

July 19Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl (2009) 85 minutes.
A blood-drenched flick about teenage girls with superpowers, based on a manga by Japanese writer Shungicu Uchida. Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura and Naoyuki Tomomatsu.

July 26Young Frankenstein (1974) 106 minutes.
An affectionate parody of the 1931 classic, this hilarious film features Gene Wilder as the descendant of the mad scientist and also includes Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn and a host of others. Directed by Mel Brooks.

Frankenstein and Frankenthumb (2002) were shown June 14.

For more information about the series, call (314) 935-6720.