- Discord allegedly used to lure teenager boy to Florida trailer housing sex slave Tuesday 7:36 PM
- Millie Bobby Brown has the wrong take on ‘You’ Tuesday 6:42 PM
- Why is Tony Stark missing from the ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ trailer? Tuesday 6:00 PM
- The creepy texts this woman received are eerily similar to Netflix’s ‘You’ Tuesday 4:20 PM
- Roku defends decision to host InfoWars amid online backlash (updated) Tuesday 4:04 PM
- Pump yourself up for ‘Game of Thrones’ season 8 with this masterfully edited hype video Tuesday 2:35 PM
- NBC asked reporters not to call Steve King’s comments ‘racist’ Tuesday 2:21 PM
- Disney files copyright claim on YouTuber’s Darth Vader film—and the creator is devastated Tuesday 2:18 PM
- The ’10 Year Challenge’ isn’t as fun for trans people Tuesday 1:25 PM
- New Nike shoes can be controlled from your smartphone Tuesday 1:06 PM
- Cardi B. jumps on 10-year challenge with high school performance of Lady Gaga song Tuesday 12:28 PM
- Parents, teachers cry foul over Verizon fee hike for popular education app Tuesday 11:57 AM
- Conservative men are kicking and screaming about Gillette’s new toxic masculinity ad Tuesday 11:23 AM
- Mysterio is hot now in the ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ trailer Tuesday 10:53 AM
- Netflix hikes prices on all subscription plans Tuesday 10:48 AM
Oldest ‘Frankenstein’ film ever made finally restored after more than 100 years
You can watch the 13-minute classic in all its gruesome glory.
Horror fans are always looking forward to the next big trend, but there’s just as much reason to look backward, and the Library of Congress has been looking quite a ways back. In a blog post for the Library of Congress, Mike Mashon, a film expert and head of the Moving Image Section at the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, revealed that after more than 100 years, an original copy of the 1910 Frankenstein film adaptation had been acquired and properly restored, shedding a new light on a pivotal piece of cinema history.
Even better, you can watch the entire 13-minute film for free.
Produced by the Edison Manufacturing Company (yes, that Edison), the film reel’s longtime owner gave preservationists like Mashon a hard time, which explains why we’re only just now getting a restored version.
Alois F. “A” Detlaff of Cudahy, Wisc. was that difficult owner. According to Mashon’s blog post, Detlaff acquired the reel back in the ’50s but wasn’t aware of its significance until the film ended up on the American Film Institute’s “top 10 most wanted lost films” list in 1980.
Detlaff, who seemed to be a colorful character—he apparently enjoyed dressing up as Father Time at film conventions—was incredibly protective of the film reel, although certainly not above using it to boost his profile and make a buck.
But not even the president of the Academy of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could get him to relinquish the reel for proper preservation. Detlaff eventually copied the film onto DVDs so he could sell them at conventions.
Since Detlaff’s death back in 2005, that lower quality DVD rip has been the only version available online. After some coordination with other film institutes to replace damaged and missing segments, the film has been properly restored to its full glory. It even includes a brand new score from Donald Sosin, a famous silent film composer.
You can watch the 13-minute film in its entirety at the bottom of the Library’s blog post. Make sure to peep the incredibly unsettling bit where Dr. Frankenstein gives birth to the monster via some sort of contained oven, slowly reassembling his limbs and flesh in a sequence that would put some Walking Dead zombies to shame.
Joseph Knoop is a gaming writer for Daily Dot, a native Chicagoan, and a slave to all things Overwatch. He co-founded the college geek culture outlet ByteBSU, then interned at Game Informer, and now writes for a bunch websites his parents have never heard of.