Frankenstein Variants

Versions and Variants of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Film and Other Media)


Frankenstein (US-1910; silent [13.38 min.]; dir. J. Searle Dawley)

Universal Frankenstein Series (1931-1948)

Hammer Horror Frankenstein Series (1957-1974), featuring Peter Cushing as Victor Frankenstein

I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (US-1957; dir. Herbert L. Strock)
The Colossus of New York (US-1958; dir. Eugène Lourié)
Frankenstein 1970 (US-1958; dir. Howard W. Koch)
Frankenstein’s Daughter
(US-1958; dir. Richard E. Cunha)
Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster
(US-1965; dir. Robert Gaffney)
Furankenshutain tai chitei kaiju Baragon
[trans. Frankenstein vs the Subterranean Monster Baragon] (1965; dir. Ishiro Honda) [aka Frankenstein Conquers the World (US, 1966)]
Furankenshutain no kaiju-Sanda tai Gaira
[trans. Frankenstein Monsters – Sanda vs Gaira] (1966; dir. Ishiro Honda) [aka War of the Gargantuas (US, 1970)]
The Horror of Frankenstein
(UK-1970; dir. Jimmy Sangster)
Dracula vs Frankenstein (US-1971; dir. Al Adamson)
Lady Frankenstein [aka La figlia di Frankenstein] (Italy-1971; dir. Mel Welles, Aureliano Luppi (uncredited))
The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein [aka La maldición de Frankenstein] (Spain|France-1971; dir. Jesús Franco)
Drácula contra Frankenstein [aka Dracula: Prisoner of Frankenstein](Spain|France-1971; dir. Jesús Franco)
Frankenstein ’80 (Italy-1972; dir. Mario Mancini)
Dan Curtis’ Frankenstein (US-1973; dir. Dan Curtis)
Flesh for Frankenstein (US/Italy/France-1973; dir. Paul Morrissey, Antonio Margheriti)
Young Frankenstein (US-1974; dir. Mel Brooks)
Terror of Frankenstein (Sweden|Ireland-1977; dir. Calvin Floyd)
Frankenstein Island (US-1981; dir. Jerry Warren)
Frankenstein (UK|US-1984; TV movie; dir. James Ormerod)
Frankenstein 90 (France-1984; dir. Alain Jessua)
Frankenweenie (US-1984; short [29 min.]; dir. Tim Burton)
The Bride (UK|US-1985; dir. Franc Roddam)
Deadly Friend (US-1986; dir. Wes Craven)
Gothic (UK-1986; dir. Ken Russell)
Frankenstein (US|Canada-1987; TV movie; dir. Burt Brinckerhoff)
The Monster Squad (US-1987; dir. Fred Dekker)
Frankenhooker (US-1990; dir. Frank Henenlotter)
Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (US-1990; dir. Roger Corman)
Frankenstein (UK-1992; TV movie; dir. David Wickes)
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein [aka Frankenstein] (US/Japan-1994; dir. Kenneth Branagh)
Frankenstein and Me (Canada-1996; dir. Robert Tinnell)
House of Frankenstein (US-1997; TV movie; dir. Peter Werner)
Frankenstein Reborn! (US-1998; dir. David DeCoteau (as Julian Breen))
Lust for Frankenstein (Spain|US-1998; dir. Jesús Franco)
Gods and Monsters (US|UK-1998; dir. Bill Condon)
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (US-1999; animation; dir. Kathi Castillo)
Mistress Frankenstein (US-2000; dir. John Bacchus)
Frankenstein (US-2004; dir. Marcus Nispel)
Van Helsing (US|Czech Republic-2004; dir. Stephen Sommers)
Frankenstein Reborn (US-2005; dir. Leigh Scott)
Frankenstein (US-2007; dir. Jed Mercurio )
Igor (US|France-2008; animation; dir. Anthony Leondis)
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl [aka Kyûketsu Shôjo tai Shôjo Furanken] (Japan-2009; dir. Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoyuki Tomomatsu)
Bikini Frankenstein (US-2010; dir. Fred Olen Ray (as Nicholas Medina))
Exquisite Corpse (US-2010; dir. Scott David Russell)
Frankenstein Rising (US-2010; dir. Eric Swelstad)
Frankenstein (US-2011; dir. Jordan Salkil)
Frankenstein: Day of the Beast (US-2011; dir. Ricardo Islas)
The Frankenstein Experiment [aka The Prometheus Project] (US-2010; dir. Sean Tretta)
Monster Brawl (Canada-2011; dir. Jesse Thomas Cook)
Frankenweenie (US-2012; animation; dir. Tim Burton)
Army of Frankensteins (US-2013; dir. Ryan Bellgardt)
Frankenstein’s Army (Netherlands|US|Czech Republic-2013; dir. Richard Raaphorst)
The Frankenstein Theory (US-2013; dir. Andrew Weiner)
Frankenstein’s Monster (US-2014; dir. Syd Lance)
Frankenstein vs the Mummy (US-2014; dir. Damien Leone)
I, Frankenstein (Australia/US-2014; dir. Stuart Beattie)
Frankenstein (US/Germany-2015; dir. Bernard Rose)
Victor Frankenstein (UK/US/Canada-2015; dir. Paul McGuigan)
Sharkenstein (US-2016; dir. Mark Polonia)

Television Series/Episodes

The Munsters (US-1964/1966; TV series [ (70 episodes)]; dir. various) – Herman Munster (Fred Gywnne) as the Universal version of the Creature
Frankenstein: The True Story (US-1973; mini-series [ | (theatrical release)]; dir. Jack Smight)
“The Brain of Morbius” [Doctor Who: Season 13, Episodes 17-20] (UK-1976; dir. Christopher Barry)
“The Post-Modern Prometheus” [X-Files: Season 5, Episode 5] (US-1997; [46 min.]; dir. Chris Carter)
Frankenstein (Slovakia|US|Germany-2004; TV mini-series [204 min. (169 on DVD)]; dir. Kevin Connor )
Frankenstein (UK-2007; TV movie [ (2 parts) | (2 parts)]; dir. Jed Mercurio)
Frankenstein, MD (US-2014; TV series [24 episodes]; dir. Brett Register )
Penny Dreadful (US/Ireland/UK-2014–2016; TV series [60 min.]; created by John Logan)
The Frankenstein Chronicles (US-2015- ; TV series [48 min. (6 episodes)]; dir. Benjamin Ross)


Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus, Mary W. Shelley (1818, 1831)
Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus
, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1831), with illustrations by Bernie Wrightson (Marvel, 1983; reprinted Dark Horse, 2008)
The New Annotated Frankenstein,
Mary Shelley, edited with a foreword and notes by Leslie S Klinger, an introduction by Guillermo del Toro and an afterword by Anne K. Mellor (W.W. Horton & Company, 2016)
Frankenstein Unbound
, Brian Aldiss (Jonathan Cape, 1973)
The Ultimate Frankenstein
(edited by Byron Preiss), ibooks NY, 1991, 2003
The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein (edited by Stephen Jones), Robinson, 1994, 2015

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein (HarperCollins, London)

  • Book One: Prodigal Son (co-written with Kevin J. Anderson, 2004)
  • Book Two: City of Night (co-written with Ed Gorman, 2005)
  • Book Three: Dead and Alive (2009)
  • Book Four: Lost Souls (2010)
  • Book Five: The Dead Town (2011)

Born of the Sea, Victor Kelleher (Penguin Books, 2003)
Brittle Innings, Michael Bishop
The Cross of Frankenstein, Robert J. Myers (Lippincott, 1975)
— followed by The Slave of Frankenstein, Robert J. Myers (Lippincott, 1976)
Father of Frankenstein, Christopher Bram (filmed as Gods and Monsters)
Frankenstein in Baghdad, Ahmed Saadawi (Originally published in Arabic in 2013;  trans. Jonathan Wright, Oneworld Publications, 2018)
Friend [filmed as Deadly Friend], Diana Henstell (Bantam, 1985)
The Jigsaw Woman, Kim Antieau
The Frankenstein Diaries, Translated from the Original German and Edited by the Rev. Hubert Venables, Charles Herridge (Hutchinson, 1980)
The Frankenstein Omnibus, edited by Peter Haining (Orion, 1994)
The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein, edited by Stephen Jones (Robinson, 1994, new edition 2015)
The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Theodore Roszak (Random House, 1995)
The New Adventures of Frankenstein, Donald F. Glut (New English Library, London, UK, 1977) [re-printed in The New Adventures of Frankenstein Collection, Vol. 1 and 2 (Pulp 2.0 Press, 2014-2017)]

  1. Frankenstein Lives Again
  2. Terror of Frankenstein
  3. Bones of Frankenstein
  4. Frankenstein Meets Dracula
  5. Frankenstein vs. the Werewolf
  6. Frankenstein in the Lost World
  7. Frankenstein in the Mummy’s Tomb
  8. The Return of Frankenstein
  9. Frankenstein and the Curse of Dr. Jekyll
  10. Tales of Frankenstein
  11. Frankenstein and the Evil of Dracula
  12. Frankenstein: The Final Horror (new)

The Quest of Frankenstein, Frank Schildiner (Hollywood Comics, 2015)
The Slave of Frankenstein, Robert J. Myers
Summer of Monsters: The Scandalous Story of Mary Shelley, Tony Thompson (Black Dog Books, 2014)

Comics / Graphic Novels

See Frankenstein in popular culture on Wikipedia

Showcase Presents: Phantom Stranger Vol. 2 (DC; includes Frankenstein stories from Phantom Stranger, Vol. 2) #22-30.
Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. (DC, 2012; 2 vol.; inc. Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #0-16)
Frankenstein Underground (Dark Horse Comics; contains Frankenstein Underground #1-5)
The Monster of Frankenstein
(2015, Marvel; contains Frankenstein (1973) #1-18; Giant-Size Werewolf By Night #2; Marvel Team-Up (1972) #36-37; material from Monsters Unleashed #2, #4-10; Legion of Monsters (1975) #1)
Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge, Vol. 1, written by Chuck Dixon and Rik Hoskin, art by Andres Ponce (Dynamite Entertainment, 2016)


Frankenstein in Popular Culture, Wikipedia
The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror, David Skal

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