20th Century Fox have released the first trailer for Victor Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy in the title role and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor. Victor Frankenstein is adapted from the modern film adaptations of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.This version will be told from Igor’s point of view and detail his relationship with his mad-scientist employer.

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

“Igor” is a stock character from various horror films featuring Count Dracula and Victor Frankenstein, although he has appeared under various names. Dwight Frye’s hunch-backed assistant from the first Frankenstein film of 1931 was called Fritz. Bela Lugosi’s ‘Ygor’ from the sequels, Son of Frankenstein (1939) and The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), was a blacksmith who reanimated Monster in revenge against the townfolk who had attempted to hang him. The hunchbacked assistant appeared again in House of Frankenstein (1944) with J. Carrol Naish playing the assistant named, amusingly, Daniel.

Victor Frankenstein also stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) as Lorelei, Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Pride) as Roderick Turpin, Callum Turner (Ripper Street, Glue) as Alistair, Daniel Mays (Byzantium, The Great Fire) as Barnaby and Mark Gatiss as Dettweiler. Watch the trailer below.







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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

6 Responses

  1. C S Hughes

    I like that they did a variation of the Frankensteen/Franenstein bit from Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. I wonder if Daniel Radcliffe was inspired at all by Marty Feldman’s Igor?

  2. Annie

    Hmmmm. Not sure how I feel – seems like a Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes treatment of Frankenstein.

    • Olga Hughes

      I don’t mind a light-hearted adaptation – if you’re going to try and do Shelley’s version you should do it properly. This is only aspiring to the early movies, and I like that they are putting a new spin on it with Igor narrating.

  3. Underdogge

    I always thought Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was an interesting story in its original form, especially considering she was but a teenager when she wrote it. However putting a spin on things seems to be the modern way. I can say that I have a few qualms but I can’t say whether it is good or bad as obviously I have not (not yet anyway) seen the film. In the eponymous American 1960s TV comedy show “The Munsters” (i.e. the Munsters family) had a bat called Igor (says she showing her age). Grandpa’s catch phrase was “It was never like this in Transylvania”. It was a bit like the Adams family before the Adams family films were made.

    • Olga Hughes

      The Munsters was on telly when I was a kid too, it probably still is!